The Productivity Commission’s interim report examines some of the root causes of persistent disadvantage in Aotearoa New Zealand and considers how the public management system can be reformed to address persistent disadvantage.
The NZCTU thinks this approach is timely and welcome. However, the Commission’s report gives insufficient attention to the material basis of persistent disadvantage in Aotearoa New Zealand. Because of this, the system shifts that are recommended in the report, although important, are not sufficient.
To effectively address the power imbalances that reproduce persistent disadvantage in this country, it will also be necessary to redistribute wealth more equitably. This submission provides a set of recommendations to this effect.