Fairness at work rallies, unions help close the gap

Finsec members were among the thousands of workers who turned out last weekend for Fairness at Work rallies in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. The rallies were the start of the campaign against a series of changes that government is proposing to employment law, including extending 90 day fire at will periods to all workers, requiring medical certificates after 1 day sick leave and cutting workers’ access to their union on site.

The legislation containing these changes is open for public submissions until 13 September. For more information, go to http://www.fairness.org.nz

The National Distribution Union said this week that new research from Victoria University shows workers in unions are closing the wage gap with Australia much quicker than their non-union workmates. This showed that current proposals to put barriers in the way of workers accessing unions were very misplaced, NDU General Secretary Robert Reid said.

“Wages overall increased 1.6 per cent in the past year, but Victoria University’s just-published employment survey showed wages in collective agreements increased by 4.2 per cent,” said Reid. “Given this, we have to question any government committed to closing the wage gap with Australia would want to put any barriers at all in the way of workers accessing unions to bargain collectively.”

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