MP's chairing 'bone-headed' - Twyford
Thu, 29 Nov 2012 2:19p.m.
Labour MPs may lay a complaint against National MP David Bennett over his treatment of a union boss during a parliamentary committee meeting.
Mr Bennett chairs the transport and industrial relations select committee, which is hearing submissions on a Government bill to introduce a "starting out" wage of $10.80 an hour, or 80 percent of the adult minimum wage.
The lower wage would apply to 16 and 17-year-olds, along with 18 and 19-year-olds for their first six months in a job.
First Union general secretary Robert Reid made a submission against the bill on Thursday, but Mr Bennett repeatedly cut him off.
While speaking about past youth rates legislation, Mr Bennett interrupted Mr Reid to tell him to "stick to the bill".
Labour's Phil Twyford urged Mr Bennett to "be a little bit more accommodating of the submitters", otherwise he might face "a dispute and non-cooperation" from opposition MPs on the committee.
Mr Reid was interrupted again and cautioned by Mr Bennett as he told the committee that Spotless is trying to negotiate compulsory youth rates in its collective contract bargaining with Nelson Hospital workers, in anticipation of the legislation passing.
As Mr Reid continued, saying the inclusion of such a clause was "a real problem", Mr Bennett cut him off, calling for questions from committee members.
Mr Reid was given just over 10 minutes in total for his submission, while an earlier submission from the Employers and Manufacturers Association went for 22 minutes.
Afterwards, Mr Twyford said he was appalled by Mr Bennett's behaviour in the chair.
"He intervened and cut off a submitter twice in the middle of a perfectly reasonable and relevant submission, and we feel it was partisan and bone-headed chairing."
He and fellow Labour MP Andrew Little are now considering making a complaint about Mr Bennett's "performance".
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30/11/2012 5:59:57 p.m.
Jolly Swager wrote:
Mark sounds like you are very lonely without friends,and your rich mates look upon you like a heap of crap,if you want to write a load of crap,what else would you expect in return.MORE CRAP.
29/11/2012 11:27:35 p.m.
@MARK And what does your biased diatribe have to do with Bennett's biased and rude callous treatment of the worker's rep compared to the employer's rep when it is supposed to be a fair and just hearing by the parliament's select committee?
29/11/2012 9:50:43 p.m.
What a joke. What's deeply offensive to most normal thinking Kiwis is the way Labour ruined NZ both morally and financially with it's corrupt brand of welfare socialism. Thank goodnees Labour continues to self destruct with their deep ideolgical differences, their deep resentment for each, their various fractions and all topped off with having a bumbling idiot for a leader. I suggest you all read 'The Standard' which is Labor’s rank and file on line rag - they hate Shearer with a passion and this is from Labor’s core supporter's - what a joke !
29/11/2012 9:50:39 p.m.
29/11/2012 6:32:24 p.m.
Isnt that the job of the Opposition?
National done it quite well for nine years.
29/11/2012 4:14:16 p.m.
This is all Labor are good at, Complaining.
29/11/2012 4:03:00 p.m.
National has never liked looking after the rights of workers, its legislation over the decades the party has been around has always gone against the working man in favor of the employer.
They dont know how to be fair in the slightest.
22 Minutes for someone misrepresenting business interests, and half that for someone representing workers says a lot about how National feel abou the majority of people in New Zealand.
They just dont care.
29/11/2012 3:34:34 p.m.
Bennett typifies the pro-wealthy and anti-Labour agenda of the NATIONAL and ACT parties. A disgrace.
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