'Mondayising'bill to pass first reading
Tue, 24 Jul 2012 6:12p.m.
By Tova O’Brien
Despite National's best attempts, Labour's "Mondayising" bill is set to become law.
It is all due to Peter Dunne, who has gone from zero to hero – just last month he was being vilified by anti-asset sales protestors, but now he is the man who will ensure Kiwis get every public holiday in the calendar.
His vote is the clincher for the Labour Party bill which will give workers Monday off if Waitangi Day or Anzac Day fall on a weekend.
Mr Dunne says the vote was an easy decision for him.
“I think it is popular, I think it's sensible and I think it's long overdue,” he says.
However leader of the house Gerry Brownlee says National will not be supporting the bill.
“Is National going to support the Mondayising bill? No.”
Mr Brownlee walked away when asked why not.
Labour MP David Clark says it makes no sense for National to vote against the bill.
“I don't understand why he doesn't want hard-working Kiwi families not to get these days off,” he says. “It's only two days every seven years.”
But National MP Judith Collins says there will be a cost to employers and raises concerns it could detract from the days’ significance.
“Anzac Day is not a holiday, it's a day of mourning and commemoration,” says Ms Collins.
The bill is set to pass its first reading tomorrow.
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8/08/2012 9:40:55 a.m.
Well done Peter - a lot of our fore fathers fought and died for the life style we have now - thank you. Lets not let the modern government carry on undermining what they did for us. PS The anti 1080 poison support is also much appreciated - only the gullible and stupid believe DOC and the AHB that its not highly toxic to us and our environment.
25/07/2012 6:32:03 p.m.
NZ cannot afford this.
25/07/2012 9:00:43 a.m.
Katrina, yes they are exactly remembrance days (more so Anzac day), but as things stand workers get a day off regardless. Would you think that people should be forced to take a days leave to commemorate them as they choose? It makes little sense to me that New Zealanders don't get the exact number of holidays each year just because these two dates could fall on a weekend.
25/07/2012 8:57:49 a.m.
One word comes to mind With ANZAC Day, I wonder if the politicians including Peter Dunne will take it on Board when Voting on this, SELFLESS. Maybe they should look it up.
24/07/2012 11:15:33 p.m.
All these people pretending to be servicemen lol.
The date isnt being changed... all that is happening is instead of missing out on a day off you are getting it back.
Utter stupidity from people who believe this move will undermine everything... no concept of reality.
24/07/2012 10:50:34 p.m.
I agree with most postings here. Anzac and Waitangi Days are about remembering a particular day and event, not just an excuse to have a day off.
24/07/2012 9:37:18 p.m.
As a currently enlisted servicemen I'm disgusted that someone would even want to change the date. Especially just using the excuse to make a quick buck off tourism and get a longer weekend. Considering when the number of people attending ANZAC day services are growing. I'm sure 2721 kiwis didn't get to choose when they landed. The 25th of April is a very important date maybe some so called "kiwis" should find out why?
24/07/2012 8:49:16 p.m.
National are and have always been against workers rights and workers being treated fairly.
Nationals leadership is made up of the old boys club more than any other political party.... they favour.. employers and the wealthy.
A slave labourforce has long been John Keys wet dream and workers have suffered substantially under his leadership.
Those are just facts.
Workers (the majority of us) arent cared for by National... never have been, and never will be.
24/07/2012 8:36:55 p.m.
Christina Smaill wrote:
No respect for veterans.When did they ever get a day off at the front?
24/07/2012 7:41:27 p.m.
Chris Rigby wrote:
Collins argument against the Bill is not only weak, but it actually makes no sense.
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