4 Jun 2009

Growers hope holiday review will provide flexibility

7:13 am on 4 June 2009

Horticulture New Zealand is supporting a review of the Holidays Act which it hopes will give more flexibility for seasonal workers and their employers.

The review announced by Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson will look into whether workers can cash-in or transfer their public holidays to another day.

Ms Wilkinson says the Act has been widely criticised for its complexity and its generic approach.

Horticulture New Zealand chief executive of Peter Silcock says many employers and seasonal workers lose out because the system caters to 9-to-5 workers.

Mr Silcock believes employers would benefit from increased flexibility since statutory holidays can fall during peak harvest times.

Some staff on short term contracts prefer to continue working while they have the opportunity and may be keen to cash in their holidays, he says.