26 Feb 2020

Covid-19: Forestry industry calls for benefit stand-down exemption

From Morning Report, 6:42 am on 26 February 2020

The forestry industry is in disbelief that the government won't yet consider scrapping the benefit stand-down period for those who've lost jobs due to the Covid-19 coronavirus.

Finance Minister Grant Robertson says that's a conversation to be had when there's a clearer idea of how long the impact of the outbreak will last.

But the Forest Industry Contractors Association says that's unrealistic, short-sighted, and will leave workers, and the industry worse off in the long run.

Political reporter Yvette McCullough has more.