The following is an exert from the NZ Herald on the 9 day working fortnight written by Simon Collins - 4:00AM Wednesday May 27, 2009
"The Ministry of Social Development said that as of May 15, seven firms had signed up to the summit's flagship programme - the "nine-day fortnight" scheme. It pays employers $12.50 an hour for five hours a fortnight for up to 10 times the number of workers they would otherwise have made redundant, on condition that they don't lay off any of the workers in the scheme for six months.
The ministry is paying the subsidy for 758 workers to save 143 jobs at the seven businesses.
Fisher and Paykel Appliances in Auckland and Summit Wool Spinners in Oamaru are still the only two firms that have signed up publicly, and Fairfax Magazines has publicly invited its staff to join the scheme".
We here at CallCentre People Ltd would love to hear your comments on the 9 day working fortnight option. Is this something you would take up given the opportunity? Is this an option for your business?