Thursday, December 11, 2008

90 Days No Rights

It was with no surprise that National placed the 90 Day Bill on its agenda during the election. What has been surprising though is the speed at which they are planning to push this piece of legislation through parliament. John Key has announced that this Bill will be in place by Christmas, which is only three weeks away. This rush through parliament leaves no time for the bill to be debated properly or for the public to be given the opportunity to make submissions on the bill.

This bill has huge implications for people looking for employment as it strips workers in small businesses of their rights as an employee. For many students this is for their entire summer employment. It places students in a rather difficult position as it can be hard to find work for short periods of time. It is easy to see how many students may not feel comfortable speaking up about unsafe work practices, work place harassment or other incidents at work for fear of being fired.

It now seems that the National Government are making noises about extending this bill to not only those in small work places but to all workers. This was not part of their election campaign and it is worrying to see them introducing a highly controversial piece of legislation in a watered down form and then eventually extending it. Maybe they are hoping that if they only make small changes at a time we won't notice what they are doing.


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