Workers gear up to defend fair work laws

Workers’ opposition to the government’s proposed changes to our employment law has been growing over the past week. These changes include employers being able to require staff to provide a medical certificate after only 1 day sick leave – which they can already do, but only when they have reasonable grounds for suspecting the sick leave is not genuine.

Another proposal is to extend the 90 day fire at will policy to all employers, which lawyer Max Whitehead described as giving workers in their first 90 days less rights than accused murderers, who at least have the right to a fair trial!

Finsec and other unions met this week to agree to a comprehensive campaign that seeks to protect our rights. CTU President Helen Kelly said “in the coming months we will be out speaking to New Zealanders throughout the country about fairness at work and giving them a chance to have their say on any proposed legislation.”

Finsec members in Dunedin can voice their opposition to this and other cuts to our rights at work tomorrow (Saturday 24 July) at 10.30am, at a rally outside the Dunedin Railway Station.

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