The Green’s policy will confuse voters
The Greens and NZ First are now sitting alongside Labour in support of a manufacturing comeback in New Zealand.
“Manufacturers started fleeing our shores 20 years ago to pursue cheaper labour and more cooperative employment and environmental laws,” says Max Whitehead, of Whitehead Group.
Max Whitehead, a long-standing champion of SMEs says that he finds the Green’s stance confusing.
“They now advocate the return of factories, with all the associated environmental problems. This contradicts their primary goal of a green New Zealand
The answer to NZ’s economic woes, says Whitehead, is not to repeat the past. The answer, he says, is right in front of us.
“There are 450,000 SMEs out there generating 46% of our GDP. Every day these businesses struggle against draconian labour laws and social policies. If they were given more support from our politicians and less unnecessary challenges, our economy would prosper,” he says
Whitehead believes that if more support was given to SMEs, bright young entrepreneurs, with the ability to drive New Zealand forward, would have a reason to come back to our shores, or not leave in the first place.
“For too long, Labour and other parties have supported the unions. It’s time they recognised that the union movement is on the way out, with impact on less that 2% of NZ employers,” says Whitehead.
Whitehead: “When is a political party going to wake up and champion these 450,000 SMEs and get our nation back on its feet? There are enough votes to create a political party with the balance of power.”
However, it is heartening to see last week’s announcement by the Government exempting SMEs from the law compelling them to recruit the original cleaning, catering or laundry staff when taking on new contracts.