While most Kiwis are getting ready for Christmas there are tens of thousands who will be having a hard time this holiday season because they were made unemployed this year. And most of these workers will have had no redundancy protection to tide them over.
That’s not good enough. It leaves workers and their families high and dry, it cuts productivity by putting pressure on skilled workers to take the first unskilled job that comes up and it means some employers can use redundancy to drive down wages in the way Telecom did to its lines engineers earlier this year.
It doesn’t have to be this way. The Aussies have minimum redundancy protection in law and so does nearly every other OECD nation. There’s no reason Kiwi workers should be hung out to dry.
I’ve got a members bill that has been drawn from the ballot that would provide minimum redundancy to all Kiwi workers and we’re campaigning for the government to back it through its first reading.
We’ve all heard John Key talk about looking after Kiwis through the recession and rising unemployment and about catching up with Australia. Backing my bill to select committee would be a bloody good start to doing both of those things.
If we work together on this we can make sure next Christmas is easier for laid off workers and their families than this one will be.
– Darien Fenton MP