Labour’s Contractor Bill Clears First Hurdle

by Desk Editor on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 — 7:53 PM

A bill intended to extend the minimum wage to contractors has been sent to select committee after Peter Dunne and the Maori Party backed the bill.

David Parker’s Minimum Wage (Contractor Remuneration) Amendment Bill, was opposed by National with MPs saying while they sympathised with the bills intent, it would have unintended consequences for contractors and companies.

David Parker said National should support the bill to select committee to solve any problems with the bill if they accepted the principle behind it.

The Bill received its first reading by 61 to 60 with just National and ACT opposed and was sent to the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee for consideration.

MPs then began the first reading debate on the Local Government Act 2002 (Greater Local Democracy) Amendment Bill.

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