Concern that National’s Employment Relations policy will lead to instability and low wages

The National Party released their Employment Relations policy yesterday to concerns that the changes would lead to lower wages and greater instability in New Zealand workplaces.

“Within the current framework, many workers have been able to achieve real wage increases like the 5% increase from Westpac our members have been offered this week,” said Finsec Campaigns Director Andrew Campbell. “These pay rises have come as a result of staff being able to bargain collectively through their own independent union. National’s policies undermining collective bargaining would weaken the ability of workers to achieve real wage rises.”

The Engineers Union said the policy aims to take rights from workers in a new job, undermine collective bargaining, block workers accessing representation on site and undermine annual leave provisions and holiday pay rates. CTU President Helen Kelly said “Instead of supporting the current approach balancing employer and employee interests, this party is trying to drag us backwards.”

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