This is madness…
National deputy leader Gerry Brownlee on Sunday told Magic Talk’s Road to the Election they won’t be giving people more time off.
“You want employment conditions progressively getting better for people – and that has been the history, you know, the 40 hour week – but you know, at the moment that shouldn’t be on the table.”
He said with unemployment set to rise over the next few months, now’s not the time to be adding potential costs on for employers.
“An employer taking someone on is going to have to provide for more sick days. No one’s lacking compassion, but I think at the moment that’s a bit of a stretch.”
…look, we barely look after our workers as it is, our sick day entitlements are a joke internationally and the pandemic has highlighted how dangerous a sick workforce can be, it’s as if Gerry hasn’t been informed about this virus thing currently plaguing the planet.
Australia allows 10 days, the UK allows for up to 28 weeks and Canada allows for up to 17 weeks!
We either start getting serious about looking after people’s health in the workplace or we risk compounding more problems.
This isn’t going to sink businesses, it’s going to protect workers, which in turn benefits businesses.
National’s focus on the well being of the boss at the expense of the worker during a pandemic is grossly misplaced.
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