The Council of Trade Unions (CTU) has today released their comprehensive submission on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill. CTU President Richard Wagstaff says the bill is a step in the right direction to restore balance in employment relations.
“This bill reintroduces civility as a minimum workplace standard, like the right to a rest and meal break, and the right to be given a reason for ending your employment,” he said.
“It also goes some way towards fulfilling all of New Zealand’s obligations under International Labour Organisation conventions.” ILO Convention 87 (‘Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention’ – one of the eight core conventions) has been ratified by 154 counties – but not New Zealand. “This bill will go a long way to catch New Zealand up with the rest of the world.”
“Importantly, the bill restores people’s freedom to choose to join their union. Robust collective bargaining laws also give voice to working people, and gives them a better shot at seeing a fair share of the wealth they produce in their wages.”
“We can make work a better experience for New Zealanders – more emotionally and financially rewarding, and provide more stability and security through permanent, decent jobs. Our analysis of this bill shows it’s a good start.”