CEO Comment November 2019

27 November 2019

Virginia webWe have been concerned for some time about Fair Pay Agreements (FPA).  The FPA consultation document proposes to reintroduce a system of compulsory, sector or occupational, collective bargaining that would bind all employers within its scope.  We will continue to advocate strongly against this alongside BusinessNZ.

The strategic review of the NZ Aluminium Smelter (NZAS) is a concern, and this is a significant risk for the Southland community.  We have advocated strongly in the past for a fair playing field for NZAS on transmission pricing.  We have provided submissions to the electricity authority recommending change to the current inequality in the way that transmission pricing is charged, and to shift the method to a better, fairer, more durable footing.

The Southland Chamber of Commerce are facilitating a Q & A session on ‘fight for fairness’ with Stew Hamilton the Chief Executive of NZAS, along with Jen Nolan, Director External Relations NZ on Thursday, 5 December, 5.30 pm at Centre Stage in Don Street, Invercargill.  You are welcome to attend.

We have recently sent out your October magazine, which includes stories on trends in drugs and testing in the workplace; a focus on employee wellness, workplace absences; and facing the future of work in our region.  As well as this we talk about incorporating sustainable development goals and profile some of our members.  We also have included some recent employment law cases.

As always feedback is welcome

Ngā mihi nui \ with kind regards,


Virginia Nicholls | CEO |

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