National’s redundancy package would effectively continue Working for Families payments for some people who would otherwise lose them after redunancy. Only people who have been in the same job for six months would get it, cutting out labourers, temps, and contract workers. For about the same cost, it would deliver more money to fewer people than Labour’s policy, and would give more money to the more well-off. Labour’s scheme is better for the working class, National’s for highly indebted mortgage holders.
It’s nice they’ve had a crack at protecting workers but the instinct to favour the better-off always wins through, eh?
[You also have to consider the wider packages. While Labour’s strengthening work rights and offering a minimum redundancy entitlement, National won’t dare touch redundancy out of fear of offending its business mates and is instead planning to give employers the power to fire at will during a recession.]