Minister – no plans for minimum redundancy payments

The National Government is not looking to follow the recommendation of the Public Advisory Group on Restructuring and Redundancy for there to be minimum redundancy payments for laid-off workers.

Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson told the industrial relations select committee this week that it was not her “priority to try and impose minimum statutory redundancy on businesses that are struggling enough to survive and keep their staff.” Currently, there are no minimum redundancy provisions under the law.

At the meeting the Minister also failed to recall if she had met with the Director General of the International Labour Organisation in her recent trip to Geneva for the ILO Conference.  Wilkinson asked her officials before she could tell the committee that the meeting had not taken place.

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