13 Mar 2012

ITO changes just reshuffling deckchairs - Robertson

2:01 pm on 13 March 2012

The Labour Party says the Government's focus on rearranging the state sector and merging industry training organisations (ITOs) will not improve economic development.

Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce says a review of ITOs currently under way will reduce their number from 33 to fewer than 10.

As well, Prime Minister John Key will on Thursday outline further plans for public-sector savings, including another merger.

Labour's tertiary education spokesperson Grant Robertson says suggesting there will be six ITOs instead of the current 33 shows the Government does not have a plan.

He says reshuffling the deckchairs will not grow the economy.