90 day fire at will trial – mandatory for all workers?

The October 20 union meetings have gained even more importance this week, with the Government refusing to rule out that 90 day trial periods could be mandatory for every worker who changes jobs in New Zealand. This is after claiming for weeks that the trials will be voluntary or only by negotiation.

Minister of Labour Kate Wilkinson refused to rule out automatic 90 day trial periods for all when questioned on it in Parliament this week. Some employers have been asking for mandatory 90 day trials on every new job in the Select Committee hearings that are looking at the legislation.

Labour MP Darien Fenton said that the government is not listening to the thousands of workers who have made submissions against the bill.
“Next it will be 90 days isn’t enough, so it will become 100 days, and then 180 days,” she said.

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