Todd McClay has some serious explaining to do following a move by China to put the squeeze on imports of New Zealand kiwifruit, Labour’s Trade spokesperson David Clark says.
"Unfortunately, we don't know whether Mr McClay has even asked Chinese authorities whether tighter controls imposed on kiwifruit into China are in any way related to a recent threat to impose tighter controls on kiwifruit into China. Does the Minister think the controls are just a highly unlikely co-incidence?
The Government wants to trim the process for hearing TPP submissions to get the controversial legislation off the agenda for election year in a shocking case of political expediency, Labour’s Trade and Export Growth spokesperson David Clark says.
“The Government had decided to cut back the national interests assessment process by three weeks.
Steven Joyce today admitted he’s got no idea of the size of his Ministry’s payroll liability six months after being told legal breaches were being investigated, Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Clark says.
“Employment lawyers say the majority of payroll issues relate to confusion caused by changes the Government made to the Holidays Act in 2011. The blame for any ambiguity in the law lies at National’s feet because they conducted a full review in 2010.
Fonterra’s profit announcement today offers little relief for struggling farmers who will still be forced to borrow billions more from the banks to keep afloat, Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Clark says.
“A quarter of our farmers could still go out of business and there are 100,000 small businesses suffering the effects of the diary downturn.
New mental health funding for Canterbury is welcome but the amount is not enough to make a real difference for Cantabrians struggling with stress and anxiety following the earthquakes, Labour’s Acting Health spokesperson Dr David Clark says.
“The funding announced today will still not bring Canterbury’s mental health funding in line with the national average. This will leave mental health funding for Canterbury at $31 per person below the national average, meaning a shortfall of $16 million.
National’s 2010 review of the Holiday’s Act identified challenges around holiday payments but failed to fix issues within the former Labour Department, says Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Clark.
“In 2010 Cabinet signed off on the recommendations of a working group set up to investigate payroll problems. The Cabinet paper considered recommendations on holiday pay but Cabinet didn’t adopt them.
New figures show the shocking extent of troubles in the regions, with Southland’s GDP falling by 10 per cent, and the West Coast by five per cent in the year to March 2015, says Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Clark.
“The collapsing dairy prices and struggling mining and gas industries have caused serious economic problems for many regions with some going backwards as shown in today’s regional GDP figures.
The escalating payroll scandal that threatens to effect a huge number of employees further exposes this Government’s basic management incompetence, Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Clark.
“This is a serious management issue from the Government. It has been in power for eight years but cannot guarantee people have been paid properly.
The MBIE payroll debacle that could run into the millions of dollars shows how badly Steven Joyce has managed the creation of his empire, coming on top of spending scandals and strikes, says Labour’s Economic Development spokesman David Clark.
“It is a fundamental part of any organisation to be able to pay its staff properly. That the Ministry of Business cannot pay employees effectively is deeply embarrassing. This goes straight to Mr Joyce as the minister responsible.
Labour will call for a one month extension of the deadline for submissions on the Trans-Pacific Partnership at tomorrow’s select committee, says Labour’s Trade and Export Growth spokesperson David Clark.
“The TPP is a 6000-page document. It is absolutely vital that those who are reviewing the text have the time to make a meaningful submission.