Tag: Employers

Joyce to promote education, science links in Japan and Korea

Press Release – New Zealand Government Minister for Economic Development 22 August 2016 Media Statement Joyce to promote education and science links in Japan and KoreaHon Steven Joyce Minister for Economic Development 22 August 2016 Media Statement Joyce to promote education and science links in Japan and Korea Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce leaves for Japan and Korea today for a four-day trip to advance New Zealand’s business, innovation and education interests and promote New Zealand as an investment destination. Mr Joyce will visit Tokyo, Seoul and Busan to meet with Japanese and Korean ministers, officials and business leaders....

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Peters: Farmers Must Reject Being National’s Doormat

Speech – New Zealand First Party Twenty-eight years ago, the late David Lange said: “Farming is a sunset industry and manufacturing and tourism will take its place.”Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader Member of Parliament for Northland 27 MAY 2016 Waikato Federated Farmers, Airport Conference Centre Tamahere, Hamilton 5pm, 27th May, 2016 “Farmers Must Reject Being National’s Doormat” Twenty-eight years ago, the late David Lange said: “Farming is a sunset industry and manufacturing and tourism will take its place.” Yesterday’s Budget resembled nothing so much as a Hollywood film set. Some had star roles and the rest were supporting actors, bit players or crowd scene fill-ins. The budget was totally Auckland-centric with the regions virtually forgotten despite being the economic powerhouses of this country. The Cabinet rank of the Minister for Primary Industries tells you a lot about the modern National Party. The Minister responsible for over 70% of our physical exports is one of Cabinet’s tail-end Charlies. Out of 20 Cabinet Ministers he is ranked 15th. That again came through in the Budget? If Mr Guy did plead for extra dollars for biosecurity, or for agricultural research, he got exactly what his cabinet rank suggests. That’s because whether you believe it or not farmers are looking like an endangered species within National’s urban dominated Cabinet. Nine of Mr Key’s Cabinet come from Auckland with a further...

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Government jobs strategy needed

Press Release – New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Following on from two large-scale redundancies announced in the past two weeks, new analysis out today from the Reserve Bank shows increased migration is contributing to the reason so many people are out of work.Media release: Council of Trade Unions Government jobs strategy needed Following on from two large-scale redundancies announced in the past two weeks, new analysis out today from the Reserve Bank shows increased migration is contributing to the reason so many people are out of work. The Council of Trade Unions says that the government needs to have a better handle on job creation and job transition. Hundreds of people at NZ Post and Fisher and Paykel have had their livelihoods taken away. What is the government doing to ensure these working people have good, well paid work to move into? “We think there is plenty more the government can be doing to support jobs in New Zealand,” CTU secretary Sam Huggard said. “One very obvious example is to use the significant power of government procurement to support local work. But instead of putting local working people and industries first, the Government has given up some of its ability to support local by agreeing to backward procurement rules in the WTO and through the TPPA, “Not only is high migration contributing to more people out of work,...

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Fieldays 2016 launch addresses collaboration in industry

Press Release – National Fieldays With only 70 days to go till the gates open on the Southern Hemispheres largest ag event, NZ National Agricultural Fieldays 2016 officially launched this morning with a function at Mystery Creek to celebrate collaboration in industry, centring … MEDIA RELEASE Wednesday 6 April 2016 For immediate release [STARTS] Fieldays® 2016 launch addresses collaboration in industry With only 70 days to go till the gates open on the Southern Hemisphere’s largest ag event, NZ National Agricultural Fieldays® 2016 officially launched this morning with a function at Mystery Creek to celebrate collaboration in industry, centring on Fieldays’ theme Collaborate to Accelerate Innovation. The Fieldays 2016 theme highlights and celebrates New Zealand’s culture of working together in the rural sector in order to advance agriculture, both domestically and around the world, says NZ National Fieldays Society™ CEO Peter Nation. “Forty-eight years ago there was a group of visionaries in the Waikato that decided to bring urban and country folk together to enable the advancement of agriculture,” says Nation. “I’m sure they’d be very proud of what Fieldays has become. But we must not rest on our quest to promote agriculture within our communities, within New Zealand and around the world.” “By bringing all facets of the agricultural industry together in one place over four days, Fieldays is the platform on which everyone can meet and foster...

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TPP labour outcomes best gains in any FTA

Press Release – New Zealand Government The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement outcomes for labour matters are the most comprehensive New Zealand has ever achieved in a free trade agreement (FTA). Hon Todd McClay Minister of Trade 18 March 2016 Media Statement TPP labour outcomes best gains in any FTA The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement outcomes for labour matters are the most comprehensive New Zealand has ever achieved in a free trade agreement (FTA). The agreement will strengthen labour standards and conditions of work, and address issues such as child and forced labour. Trade Minister Todd McClay addressed almost 300 people at today’s Wellington TPP road show and says all 12 TPP countries are bound by the declarations that protect rights around; • Collective bargaining • Freedom of association • Abolition of child labour • Elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. “Under TPP, all countries must also adopt and maintain laws governing acceptable work conditions, minimum wages, and occupational safety and health,” says Mr McClay. “They must also discourage the import of goods produced by forced or compulsory labour and encourage corporate social responsibility on labour issues.” The TPP chapter on labour also establishes a Labour Council. “This will be made up of several senior government representatives. The council will consider matters relating to TPP and review decisions made by TPP parties. It is also required to...

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