CEO Comment June 2019

27 June 2019

Virginia webThe Employment Relations Authority has recently fixed the provisions of a collective agreement between First Union and Jacks Hardware.  This is the first use of compulsory arbitration since section 50J was introduced into the ER Act in 2004.

It is our opinion that alongside the duty to conclude a collective agreement, it is a breach of the principle of free and voluntary bargaining enshrined in the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 98 on the Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention 1949. We will continue to advocate on your behalf via the ILO, for change to this approach in NZ.

In this newsletter, our Senior Solicitor David Browne updates us on an overpayment of wages or reimbursing expenses.

Kirk Hope from BusinessNZ provides an update on the changes to the overseas investment rules.

If you are an importer or exporter you will find the StatsNZ trade dashboard useful.

The Sustainable Business Council, which is part of BusinessNZ is holding a climate change forum in Auckland on 24 July.

We have recently become a signatory to the Otepoti Youth Vision, and we hope that you may consider joining this great new initiative.

As always any feedback is welcome.

Kind regards,


Virginia Nicholls | CEO |

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