Thursday, March 23, 2006


According to the latest list of bills before select committees, Sue Kedgley's Employment Relations (Flexible Working Hours) Amendment Bill has been effectively buried in committee, the reporting date having been pushed back by a whole year to 30th April 2007. This can really only happen with Kedgley's consent, and the reason seems to be that while the bill passed its first reading with the support of Labour, the Greens and Progressives, its majority disappeared with the election. In order to progress further, the bill needs the support of either the Maori Party or NZ First - both of whom voted against it originally.

It's disappointing to see this happen, but its better for the bill to be delayed than see it voted down. Meanwhile, perhaps someone would like to ask the Maori Party exactly why they oppose it...


There are workplaces that just have extended hours of work - i.e. 7am to 10pm.

Therefore workers can start early and leave early or start late and leave late depending on there circumstances.

Or as I do once a week play indoor soccer during the day (takes about two hours out in the middle of the day).

Posted by Anonymous : 3/23/2006 12:34:00 PM

...and can wreck the furniture (still it's not as bad as indoor rugby) :-)

(I guess you play it in a gym rather than your workplace, but it conjured up an image).

Posted by Rich : 3/23/2006 03:10:00 PM