Monday, March 27, 2006

Buried II

The Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee has released its interim report [PDF] on Sue Kedgley's Employment Relations (Flexible Working Hours) Amendment Bill. While they agree on the need for flexible working hours, they disagree on the means. Instead of reporting back, they've decided to delay the bill for a year to allow officials to

undertake further work to collect and collate reliable information on New Zealand workplace practices regarding flexible working hours, and to consult more widely on both the principles of and delivery mechanisms for flexible working hours.

As I noted last week, what this means is that Sue doesn't have the votes to pass it, and has hit the pause button rather than see it fail. And I suspect the Maori Party's cosying up to ACT is the reason why.