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Employment Industry: Response To National Party Policies

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25 July 2008 - In response to yesterday's National Party policy announcements, specialist recruitment group Vedior Asia Pacific welcomes plans by the National Party to modify the Employment Relations Act (ERA) and address the major skills shortage currently being faced in New Zealand.

Speaking at Vedior Asia Pacific's Business Breakfast event in Wellington yesterday, National Party Leader and Leader of the Opposition, Mr John Key MP said that the modified ERA would attempt to relieve some of the pressure caused by the shortage on New Zealand businesses and employers.

Peter Tanner, Operations Director of Vedior Asia Pacific, says the introduction of a 90-day probationary employment period for small-to-medium businesses would stimulate employment and help to remove some of the risk of hiring. Mr Tanner also praised the move to collective bargaining and the new Holidays Act.

"The plans to modify the ERA would allow more freedom. Employers have the risk of hiring diminished by the implementation of the 90-day probationary employment period and employees are able to collectively unite to bargain with their employer as well as being able to choose when and if they take their holidays or opt to cash in the last week of their leave," says Mr Tanner.

All of the benefits of the ERA will still apply including sick leave, holidays, health and safety provisions, but the planned reforms are predicted to help stimulate and improve employment more readily than the current Act.

The National party also proposed measures to increase productivity growth, which will have a positive impact on both employers and employees. The measures would include reforming the Resource Management Act and investing more money into infrastructure, in particular a national telecommunications ultrafast broadband plan.

Speaking at the Vedior Asia Pacific Business Breakfast, Mr Key suggested this would relieve some of the pressure of the skills shortage on New Zealand businesses, as the broadband plan would enable businesses to develop and expand, and with the use of a public/private partnership the plan can be rolled out quickly for maximum effectiveness.

Mr Tanner says "Vedior Asia Pacific supports any moves to attempt to address the current skills shortage being experienced by New Zealand. Our research from the 2008 Vedior Asia Pacific Employment Trends Survey has indicated that 70% of New Zealand organisations are having trouble attracting talent, which 60% believe is due to the skills shortage. Any policy announcement that addresses this issue is a step in the right direction."

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