16 October 2018
We welcomed Minister Iain Lees-Galloway, who came and talked with our members about employment relations and immigration. There was robust discussion particularly around the employment relations proposed changes.
We have been advocating on your behalf on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, but so far none of the provisions that most concern business have been removed by select committee.
The bill, which promotes collective bargaining and amends employment rules, is likely to pass into law this Parliamentary term.
Our concerns include the fact that the planned legislation will give union representatives free passage into any workplace, and that it will bring in compulsory collective agreements, and force employers and employees into collectives against their will. This will have a harmful impact on prosperous enterprises and workplace relations generally.
We are now awaiting the bills second reading and will continue to advocate, and will closely monitor this on your behalf.
We also have on-going representation on these working groups by BusinessNZ, including the tax working group, fair pay agreements, future of work forum, holidays act review and the pay equity legislation.
As always feedback is welcome.
Virginia Nicholls | CEO | www.osea.org.nz