Focus on migrant workers seen as smoke-screen

Farming Show 7 June 2013
A shift in the focus of labour inspectors from Easter trading to migrant workers is being seen as a smoke-screen.

Labour Minister Simon Bridges believes pulling back on the annual Easter crack-down would enable more effort to be put into looking after migrant workers.

However, Family First national director Bob McCoskrie is wondering whether the Government wants to liberalise Easter trading as a pay-back for the Mondayisation Bill, which it didn’t support.

“So obviously public holidays have been given back to workers, and now this is an intent to maybe take them away again.”

Mr McCoskrie says even politicians take a parliamentary recess during this period and retail workers should also be able to enjoy the long weekend.