“It`s a fair goal for workers and servants,” he said. Bolger is a controversial election as chairman of the working group. In 1991, he was part of the national team responsible for the Employment Contracts Act, which voluntarily restored union membership and abolished the national pricing system, which undersued many aspects of the new agreements announced. Current National Party President Simon Bridges and Workplace Relations spokesman Scott Simpson said fair wage agreements “do not fit our views to create a flexible, fluid and growing, job-creating economy.” Simpson said nationals would cancel fair payment agreements, suggesting the party is not worried about the thousands of kiwis who, although they work very hard, don`t earn enough to cover the rising cost of living. “A report by the New Zealand Initiative showed that the share of the labour force in income has not decreased since the Employment Contracts Act. Ironically, the data show that there were losses in the European Court when we had labour laws that were more like what the Labour Party is proposing. Labour relations and security minister Iain Lees-Galloway announced that former Prime Minister Jim Bolger will lead a new task force to develop a fair payment agreement system. The fair payment agreements promised by Labour before the election will be sector-wide agreements that can be triggered if a certain level of support is reached. They set minimum conditions, including rates of pay in a sector, including non-unionized workers. Any trade union action on both sides, such as strikes or lockouts, would be prohibited during negotiations. In his March speech to Victoria University`s Centre for Labour, Employment and Workseminar on the transformation of industrial relations, the minister said that the tripartite negotiations in the higher education sector a decade ago were an example of what he wanted to do with fair pay agreements. With Bolger as president, the Business and Trade Union Working Group was convened to implement the details of how the system works, with recommendations to be submitted to the cathedral before the end of the year.

But Labour`s enthusiasm for the promised deals was evident last year and labour relations would now be shaken beyond the election. Mr. Wagstaff said that the Prime Minister had discussed the establishment of a number of fair wage agreements, but that they were stopped because of the coalition and also Covid-19. He said the CTU expected the government to move quickly to put in place fair wage agreements. Richard Wagstaff, president of CTU, said bus drivers were a good example of employment that would benefit from a fair collective agreement. Photo: kzenon/123RF One of the most controversial changes to labour law on the Labour government`s “to-do list” is the Fair Pay Agreements (FPA) proposal, which would set minimum employment requirements for all workers in a sector or occupation covered by the agreement. The group`s recommendations were that VPAs could be most useful in sectors or occupations where certain problems related to competitive outcomes are identified – for example.B. Competition is based on a steady decline in labour costs and not on improved quality or productivity. VPAs could also be used in general when workers and employers identify ways to improve outcomes in a sector or occupation. Labour`s policy, which would force trade unions and employers` organisations to negotiate sectoral collective agreements, has been delayed for months by a new round of public consultations and negotiations between the parties in the government coalition.

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