It is therefore no surprise that the tourism sector has been critical of the Government’s proposed immigration and employment law changes.
Cutting immigration and amending employment laws at the behest of Labour’s union-backers will cause significant problems for one of our biggest industries.
In the March 2018 year there was a 13 percent fall in arrivals on residence visas. That fall shows that concerns raised by the sector are genuine.
As well as immigration cuts, the Ardern-Peters’ Government is rolling out a raft of regressive changes to employment law.
The flexible relationship that employees and employers used to mutually benefit from will now be based on laws and legislations dictated by employment unions.
As we know, the tourism sector is made up of a wide range of services that operate around the clock, hence this sector requires flexibility.
The proposal that everyone takes rest and meal breaks at the same time is impractical for an industry that operates 24/7.
It’s also telling that the tourism industry identifies that the 90 day trial changes will work in exactly the opposite direction than the Government intends.
With the drop in immigration numbers and employment changes the sector has made it clear that their businesses are at risk. Their voice must be heard.
Tourism is New Zealand’s largest export earner, made up of a large number of small businesses who are the lifeline of our economy.
If they haven’t earned the right to have their concerns heard by central Government, then who has?
It is little wonder that the Prime Minister was recently compared negatively to other global political leaders who have chosen to implement similar immigration policies.
Businesses need certainty from the Government, they need a Government that creates a level playing field, not one which is held hostage by unions.
Blocking skilled people from entering New Zealand so that they can contribute to New Zealand and our success will block New Zealand’s economic growth.