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Protests tomorrow over "anti-worker" legislation

Protests tomorrow over "anti-worker" legislation
Wellington, July 17 NZPA - Workers angered by moves they see as rolling back their rights intend to protest outside the National Party conference in Auckland tomorrow (Sunday).

Work place access restrictions a broken promise - Goff

Work place access restrictions a broken promise - Goff
Wellington, July 16 NZPA - National will break a pre-election promise if it goes ahead with plans to restrict union access to workplaces, Labour leader Phil Goff says.

Government to extend 90-day dismissal law

Government to extend 90-day dismissal law
Wellington, July 15 NZPA - The Government is looking to extend the 90-day trial period scheme to all employers regardless of size, Prime Minister John Key says.

Unions worried about new ACC levy discount scheme

Unions worried about new ACC levy discount scheme
Wellington, July 15 NZPA - Rewarding businesses with good safety records by giving them ACC levy discounts could lead to some of them covering up workplace accidents, unions and the Labour Party say.

Employers, unions back Labour MP's bill

Employers, unions back Labour MP's bill
Wellington, July 14 NZPA - Employers and unions are backing a Labour MP's bill that would give local businesses an edge when they tender for big government projects.

ACC changes could encourage accident cover-ups - CTU

ACC changes could encourage accident cover-ups - CTU
Wellington, July 14 NZPA - Discounts on ACC levies for businesses with good safety records will encourage some employers to cover up workplace accidents, opponents say.

Labour Party bill on tendering

Labour Party bill on tendering
Wellington, July 14 NZPA - Labour has drafted a bill to give local businesses an edge when tendering for large government projects. Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran drafted a member's bill, the Kiwi Jobs Bill.

Ryall defends budget's extra health funding

Ryall defends budget's extra health funding
By Amelia Romanos of NZPA Wellington, June 16 NZPA - Health Minister Tony Ryall today defended the amount of extra health funding provided in the budget, saying the Government was operating in a difficult economic environment, when he fronted up to parliamentary select committee.

CTU mounts lonely criticism of budget

CTU mounts lonely criticism of budget
By Kevin Norquay of NZPA Wellington, May 21 NZPA - The Council of Trade Unions (CTU) was a lone wolf howling in the darkness yesterday, outnumbered by tax specialists who declared Finance Minister Bill English's budget as resilient as a house built from bricks.

KiwiRail spending commitment brings mixed reaction

KiwiRail spending commitment brings mixed reaction
Wellington, May 18 NZPA - A three-year, $750 million commitment by the Government to strengthen KiwiRail is not enough in comparison to the huge amount already committed to roading, says Labour's transport spokesman Darren Hughes.

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