From today’s Herald
A National Party bill to allow a 90-day probation period for new workers passed its first hurdle last night and will proceed to a select committee.
The probation period employment bill – which will give employers a 90-day trial period in which they can get rid of people who don’t work out without a personal grievance claim taken against them – passed 63-58, with National, New Zealand First, Act and United Future all voting for it.
Three members of the Maori Party, which held the balance on the bill, voted in favour of it, and one member voted against it.
Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples said the majority of the party was supporting the bill to select committee because it wanted debate about Maori access to employment.
“We want to widen the options available, so that our people have the chance to get their foot in the door, to achieve the fullest possible range of employment opportunities. In case this House hasn’t noticed, the door is still slammed shut for far too many Maori.”