Election Gossip: Your rights at work a big issue

With the election less than two months away, the Gossip is going to be talking to Finsec leaders, your Executive Committee, about what’s on their minds when it comes to this election. Look out for an Election Gossip story every week looking at the issues for staff in the finance industry.

Callum Francis from the Bank of New Zealand in Auckland says work rights are hugely important to his vote, particularly when it comes to protecting workers on lower incomes. “When I was in Brisbane last year I saw for myself the devastating impact of former Aussie PM John Howard’s “Work Choices” policy, and how it was a hundred times better at oppressing workers and stripping workplace rights than the Employment Contracts Act. It’s scary to think what similar legislation would mean here.”

Callum said that he was worried that a change of government could make it even easier for big businesses like the banks to offshore more staff, and what was needed was for workers to have a real say in decisions that affect them.

“I think that National’s promises such as tax cuts are wishy-washy and that they lack substance. I worry that if they get in they would rip the Employment Relations Act apart and leave workers vulnerable.”

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