11 Jan 2011

Labour against 90 day probation law for public servants

6:32 am on 11 January 2011

The Labour Party says a State Services Commission directive to include 90-day probation periods for new employees on collective contracts, makes a mockery of the Government's claim that people have a choice.

Unions have embarked on a campaign to protect their members from new labour laws which come into effect in April, by excluding the requirements from collective contracts.

State sector chiefs were told they should not "contract out of" the probationary period in an email last month from State Services Commission deputy commissioner, Peter Brown.

Labour MP Grant Robertson says the new labour laws are unfair and will now be forced on public servants, which is doubly unfair.

A spokesperson for Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson says the state sector should use the new laws as it sees fit.