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Little to announce jobs policy

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 5/11/2016

It's not clear whether Mr Little's policy announcement will adopt one of the recommendations. © Sarah Robson/NZN Image It's not clear whether Mr Little's policy announcement will adopt one of the recommendations. Labour leader Andrew Little is expected to announce a new policy on jobs as he ends the party's annual conference.

The leader's speech is set to be the highlight of the conference for hundreds of delegates who gathered in Auckland for the three-day event.

Employment has been a major focus throughout, with the launch of the party's Future of Work Commission report on Saturday providing more than 60 policy recommendations.

Among them was a proposal to provide six weeks' free training to employees made redundant by technological advances and automation, and a levy on businesses who turn to overseas skilled workers to resolve shortages rather than training people in New Zealanders to do the work.

It's not clear whether Mr Little's policy announcement will adopt one of the recommendations.

Finance spokesman Grant Robertson indicated proposals around education and training would likely take priority.

"We think the initiatives in the education and training area are very, very important because they are the ones that we can do now to help prepare for the future," he said.

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