As expected, the NActs voted the Redundancy Protection Bill down yesterday. It was an ugly spectacle listening to the likes of National MP David Bennett, who claimed that the bill was to make everyone union members! Is that the best he could do?
Yes, the bill was defeated, but that’s only part of the campaign to push for minimum redundancy notice and pay for workers who have no protection in their employment agreements. There’s still a parliamentary petition circulating, which will come back to the House in due course.
Labour’s committed to this and the campaign will continue right through to election year, because this is an issue of basic fairness.