Election Gossip: policy comparison

In our penultimate Election Gossip, we bring you the key points of the major party policies on Industrial Relations. The Council of Trade Unions has compiled the policies and below are the key aspects of each party policy. You can also check out the Herald’s summary of workplace policies here:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/campaign-policies/news/article.cfm?c_id=1502773&objectid=10539921

ACT
Repeal the Employment Relations Act
Abolish all minimum wage law, the Employment Court and all specialist employment authorities
No rights for unions
Greens
Increase the minimum wage to at least $15 an hour and ensure it cannot fall below 66% of the average wage
Promote workplace democracy, collective bargaining and the role of unions
Prevent free-loading by non-union members
Labour
Continue to increase the minimum wage and lift wages across the board
Push for safer workplaces
Support increase multi employer collective bargaining and the role of unions
Statutory minimum redundancy
Greater protection for casuals and labour hire employees
Maori Party
Increase the minimum wage to at least $15 an hour
Simplify employment legislation, ensuring a focus on family friendly practices
Hold employers accountable for preventable workplace related deaths and injury
National
Introduce a 90 day trial period for new employees for businesses with fewer than 20 staff
Allow non union collective agreements
Require employer agreement for union access
New Zealand First
Raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour
Review the practice of short term employment contracts

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