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CTU cites cases of unfair dismissal

CTU cites cases of unfair dismissal
Feds pse Q for 0400 Wellington, July 20 NZPA - Unions say more and more cases of unfair dismissal are being reported as people realise the 90-day probation period is going to be extended to cover all workers.

Doctors won't be swamped, Key says

Doctors won't be swamped, Key says
Wellington, July 20 NZPA - Concerns doctors will be swamped with requests for sickness certificates because of employment law changes are groundless, the Government believes.

Govt scraps plans to mine conservation land

Govt scraps plans to mine conservation land
By Peter Wilson and Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, July 19 NZPA - The Government has scrapped plans to mine conservation land in the face of furious public protest, NZPA has confirmed.

Fiji has no reason to defer election -- Key

Fiji has no reason to defer election -- Key
Wellington, July 19 NZPA - Fiji's self-appointed Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has no reason to postpone holding elections in 2014, despite threats to do so, Prime Minister John Key says.

Police have issued 126 on-the-spot safety orders, Power says

Police have issued 126 on-the-spot safety orders, Power says
Wellington, July 19 NZPA - Police have issued 126 on-the-spot safety orders for victims of domestic violence since the law came into force at the beginning of this month, Justice Minister Simon Power said today.

Back down over mining reported

Back down over mining reported
Wellington, July 19 NZPA - The Government is expected to tomorrow announce a back-down on mining in conservation land, in the wake of furious protests.

Key defends law changes against union backlash

Key defends law changes against union backlash
Wellington, July 19 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key is defending the Government's employment law changes against a union backlash, saying other countries have probation periods for new workers that are much longer than 90 days.

OI law review likely to be out this week - Key

OI law review likely to be out this week - Key
Wellington, July 19 NZPA - A review of the Overseas Investment Act will be released later this week, Prime Minister John Key says. Last year the Government announced the vast majority of overseas investment applications would no longer need ministerial approval.

Mining decision out tomorrow

By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, July 19 NZPA - The Government has decided which areas of New Zealand to open up to mining but the public will have to wait until tomorrow to find out.

Minister says sick leave change not major

Minister says sick leave change not major
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, July 19 NZPA - Employees should not be worried about getting a medical certificate if they are genuinely unwell, Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson says. "It shouldn't worry any employee who is not trying to pull a sickie," she told NZPA.

Treaty settlements and inequality topics for UN visitor

Wellington, July 19 NZPA - A United Nations expert on indigenous peoples rights will look at issues surrounding Treaty of Waitangi settlements and socio-economic issues faced by Maori during his six day visit to New Zealand.

More jobs being advertised -- labour department

More jobs being advertised -- labour department
Wellington, July 19 NZPA - A hike in the number of jobs advertised online is good news for the economy and labour market, a new report says. The Labour Department's jobs online monthly report found strong growth in the three months to the end of May.

NZ embassy for Abu Dhabi -- McCully

NZ embassy for Abu Dhabi -- McCully
Wellington, July 19 NZPA - New Zealand is to establish an embassy in the United Arab Emirates. Foreign Minister Murray McCully said the embassy would be in the capital Abu Dhabi where he today met his UAE counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan.

GPs will have to handle bigger workload under changes

By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, July 19 NZPA - Doctors' surgeries may struggle to cope with numbers of workers needing medical certificates and some people may not take a day or two off when they should, spreading sickness, a doctors' organisation warns.

Cabinet to make conservation mining decisions today

Cabinet to make conservation mining decisions today
Wellington, July 18 NZPA - A decision on proposals to mine on conservation land was likely today, Prime Minister John Key says.

PM says labour law changes "moderate"

PM says labour law changes "moderate"
Wellington, July 19 NZPA - Sweeping changes to labour laws were "moderate", Prime Minister John Key says as unions, the Labour and Green parties and others say workers will lose rights.

Union fury over employment law changes

Union fury over employment law changes
NZPA political reporters Wellington, July 19 NZPA - The Government's employment law changes have provoked furious criticism from unions and the Labour Party.

Labour and Greens say lack of interest in health job worrying

Labour and Greens say lack of interest in health job worrying
Wellington, July 18 NZPA - A lack of interest in the Health Ministry's top job shows concerns about the Government's direction for the sector, Labour and the Greens say. However the Government says it is just a matter of getting the right person for the job.

Cabinet to consider conservation land mining tomorrow

Cabinet to consider conservation land mining tomorrow
Wellington, July 18 NZPA - Cabinet will tomorrow consider and possibly make decisions on proposals to mine on conservation land, Prime Minister John Key says.

Polarised views on labour law changes

Polarised views on labour law changes
Wellington, July 18 NZPA - The Government is attacking Kiwi workers' conditions and wages, unions and the Labour Party say after Prime Minister John Key announced extensive labour law changes.

Quips and quotes from the National Party conference

Quips and quotes from the National Party conference
Auckland, July 18 NZPA - Quips and quotes from the National Party conference. "I'm going to get rid of the Treasury and replace it with Paul the octopus." Prime Minister John Key says he has some good news for Finance Minister Bill English.

Protesters try to storm National Party conference

Auckland, July 18 NZPA - Protesters at the National Party conference in central Auckland's Sky City pushed their way through security cordons and attempted to enter the building to show their opposition to newly introduced labour laws.

Employment law changes announced today

Employment law changes announced today
Auckland, July 18, NZPA - The employment law changes announced today are: * The 90-day trial period for new employees will be extended to cover all employers. It was introduced in 2008 for businesses with 19 or fewer workers and the Government says it has been a success.

Employment law changes get mixed reception

Employment law changes get mixed reception
By Peter Wilson of NZPA Auckland, July 18 NZPA - Around 500 trade unionists banged drums and bellowed protests outside the National Party's annual conference today while inside it delegates cheered Prime Minister John Key as he announced sweeping changes to employment law.

Around 500 protest labour law changes at Nats conference

Auckland, July 18 NZPA - A noisy crowd of about 500 unionists this morning gathered outside Auckland's Sky City, the venue for the National Party's annual conference, to protest controversial labour law changes announced by Prime Minister John Key today.

Key announces employment law changes as unions protest

Key announces employment law changes as unions protest
By Peter Wilson of NZPA Auckland, July 18 NZPA - Union members demonstrated outside the National Party's annual conference today as inside it Prime Minister John Key announced changes to employment law.

Goodfellow re-appointed

Goodfellow re-appointed
Auckland, July 18 NZPA - Peter Goodfellow has been re-appointed president of the National Party for another year. A smalll faction within the party lobbied against his re-appointment but more than 600 delegates at its annual conference applauded the announcement today.

Govt has Act Party support for 90-day probation law change

By Peter Wilson of NZPA Auckland, July 17 NZPA - The Government has Act Party support for extending the 90-day employment law to all businesses, but the Maori Party will probably oppose it, Prime Minister John Key says.

Banks makes campaign speech at Nats' conference

Banks makes campaign speech at Nats' conference
Auckland, July 17 NZPA - Auckland Mayor John Banks opened National's annual conference today with a campaign speech -- about himself. Mr Banks is a contender for mayor of the new super city council which will be elected in October.

90-day probation report released

90-day probation report released
Auckland, July 17 NZPA - An evaluation of the 90-day employment probation period has shown that 74 percent of those hired under its terms kept their jobs and continued with their employer when their probation ended.

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