- Employment & Jobs
Wage and salary growth comes from economic growth
Ordinary Working New Zealanders deserve a pay-rise, through a cut in their income tax bill
Working New Zealanders should not end up worse-off financially than people on benefits
Reduce personal income tax from 33 and 39 cents to 25 cents, and from the present 19.5 cents to 18 cents
promote employment and to use resources more efficiently,
Green taxation policy will shift some of the burden
of taxation from incomes to wasted resources.
society needs to recognise and support many more forms
of socially and environmentally necessary work, and
share paid work more fairly.
emergency unemployment benefit restored.
Ensuring there is greater protection for dependent contractors
Continuing to make annual adjustments to the minimum wage
Improve access to paid parental leave. Self-employed mothers will be eligible for paid parental leave from July 2006.
Labour will recognise the unique role of unions and the value of worker participation in a positive agenda on workplace productivity
Prioritise occupational safety and health issues within the Department of Labour
Support Skill NZ in enhancing the relationship between employers and Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) in the development of programmes which up-skill labour
Expand venture capital funding to encourage innovation and employment growth
Raise the minimum and youth wage
Amend industrial laws to ensure that casualisation employment practices are fair and just to all parties
Amend the EEO laws to ensure that ending discrimination of those 50-years plus is established as a fundamental plank of these laws