June 20, 2013
Māori Party opposes scab bill
The Māori Party says it won’t be backing National’s latest attacks on worker rights.
Co-leader Tariana Turia says it will vote against both the Employment Relations Amendment Bill and the private bill by backbencher Jami-Lee Ross that would allow employers to bring in scab labour during a strike or lock-out.
Mrs Turia says the right to be treated fairly and with dignity and to enjoy the stability of a safe and healthy work environment are fundamental rights for all workers in this country.
It also wants to see a living wage so that workers and their whānau can afford the basic necessities of life.
She says there will be dire consequences for Māori workers if the bills are passed into law.
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