Tag: Employment

Last Days to Contribute to NZ Open Government Action Plan

Article – Open Source Open Society New Zealands Open Government Partnership Action Plan is open for consultation until the end of day on this Friday 26 August. If you care about transparency, accountability participation and better use of technology in the way our government is run then …Last Days to Contribute to NZ Open Government Action Plan New Zealand’s ‘Open Government Partnership’ Action Plan is open for consultation until the end of day on this Friday 26 August. If you care about transparency, accountability participation and better use of technology in the way our government is run then you should make a submission here. If you are in Wellington there is also a final full day co-creation workshop on this Friday where you can get involved at a deeper level. See the Press release published on Scoop yesterday here for further details. Our position as a leader in this space is at threat New Zealand has had very good fiscal and government accountability and transparency reputation, however recent developments such as the Panama Papers and increasingly poor public consultation processes are threatening this reputation. As Susanne Snively, chair of Transparency International New Zealand said at yesterday’s Open Source Open Society Conference in Wellington, our position as a leader in this space is slipping due to complacency and lack of ambition to look towards transparency and accountability in a modern...

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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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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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Gordon Campbell Fonterra, Affco and Todd Barclay

Column – Gordon Campbell Fonterras explanation for its behavior towards the small firms it engages it has reportedly asked its suppliers to reduce their charges in order to boost efficiency is the sort of behavior you’d expect from Tony Soprano. As in : … Gordon Campbell on the sense of entitlement shared by Fonterra, Affco and Todd Barclay Fonterra’s explanation for its behavior towards the small firms it engages – it has reportedly asked its suppliers to reduce their charges in order ‘to boost efficiency’ – is the sort of behavior you’d expect from Tony Soprano. As in : we sent around Silvio and a couple of the boys and suggested that it would be in their best interest to reconsider their charges… Fonterra has extended by two months the time it takes to pay suppliers, from 30 to 90 days, saying that matches what it does in other countries. It has also asked them to cut their charges, which it says is about boosting efficiency. Yes, that’s exactly what we don’t want to see: our biggest multinational subjecting New Zealand firms to the same practices that Fonterra can get away with in Sri Lanka or Malawi. And using its market dominance to pay its own bills at a pace that forces small local suppliers (ie, electricians and the like) to function as a bank extending a line of...

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Speech to the Auckland Chamber of Commerce

Speech – New Zealand Government Thank you Michael and the Auckland Chamber of Commerce, and Steve and Massey University, for inviting me back to this annual event.Hon Bill English Minister of Finance 25 February 2016 Speech to the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and Massey University Good afternoon. Thank you Michael and the Auckland Chamber of Commerce, and Steve and Massey University, for inviting me back to this annual event. It’s a pleasure to be here again. Today I want to take you through some of our initiatives through to 2017. I can tell you there is no letup in pace this term – we’ve got a busy policy programme, and there is much to do. I also want to share with you some of our longer term thinking, particularly with ongoing reform of urban planning and the Government’s finances. Economic Outlook But first I’d like to talk about the current economic outlook. There are positive signs despite international turbulence. The last decade has been challenging for New Zealand businesses. They’ve weathered the global financial crisis, Canterbury earthquakes, interest rates higher than the rest of the developed world, and a high New Zealand dollar. Initially the response was around resilience. Businesses and households tightened their belts and became more efficient. That was also the case for the Government. Spending was constrained to turn an $18.4 billion deficit in 2011 into...

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