According to OIA papers released to the NZ Herald, Key’s plan to extend the 90 day “fire at will” law is an ACT party takeover of government policy.
Minister of Labour Kate Wilkinson recommended against the plan. She was overruled by Cabinet in response to ACT threats.
But Cabinet papers – released to the Herald under the Official Information Act – show Ms Wilkinson wanted the trial to be extended only to companies with up to 50 workers.
She did not want larger businesses covered, as they had “robust systems to undertake good recruitment and employment practices”.
Act leader Rodney Hide said last night that extending the scheme to all businesses was his party’s idea.
“The National Party came to us for support and wanted to extend it to 50, and we said, ‘If it’s good for businesses with 50, it will be good for business with 51 and 101 and 1001.’
“We persuaded the National Party to go the whole nine yards. It wasn’t an arm-wrestle.”
ACT is far right party that gained a mere 3% of the vote. Yet they now appears to be in firm control of government policy.
Trevor Mallard is absolutely right when he said:
“What is becoming absolutely clear is that on certain issues, like this, [Prime Minister] John Key is being led by Rodney Hide and the Act Party.
“If Key had any balls he would have said, ‘It’s 50 or we don’t introduce the legislation’.”
Mr Mallard said it was unusual for the Cabinet to override a minister’s recommendation.
“What often happens, if a minister is unsure, is the minister will provide options and Cabinet will pick. But here no options were provided, so it sounds like an ideological decision.”
Why can Heather Roy stand up to Rodney Hide, but John Key can’t?