Government being unfair to workers – over 1 in 5 sacked in 90 days

The Government announced some major changes to employment laws over the weekend. These changes will tip the balance in the interests of employers, and make it much more difficult for you to access your union and your rights at work. CTU President Helen Kelly said they were a massive attack on the job security of every New Zealand worker.

As a package they will remove rights you currently have and will make it much easier for employers to hold down the pay and conditions of all workers, whether you are a union member or not.

The announcements included:

–    Extending the 90 day fire at will period to all employers – including yours.  You could have a trial period in every new job you have with a new employer from now on.
–    Making it more difficult for staff to get support from your union by requiring employer agreement to a union organiser visit. Imagine how hard it will be to come to your site to see you if your manager can just say ‘sorry, not today’.
–    Making it more difficult to take a personal grievance if you’re treated unfairly at work
–    Introducing the ability to cash in the fourth week of leave

Helen Kelly said that the Department of Labour survey showed that 22% of workers employed under the 90 day law brought in 18 months ago get sacked with no right of appeal against unfair dismissal. Workers surveyed said they felt vulnerable and were concerned about job security. “This shows the 90 day law should be dumped not extended,” she said.

Finsec and the CTU are planning how best to stop these changes and their negative impact on you and all working people.

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