Are more attacks on our work rights on the way?

The Prime Minister has signalled further changes to employment law if they are elected in November.

John Key told the Seafood Industry Council conference this week that the Government is planning further changes to employment law to create a “more flexible labour market”, but he didn’t say what the changes would be. He claimed that employers (and workers) would welcome the changes, but that workers’ unions would not like them.

CTU Secretary Peter Conway said the Government should spell out the future changes they are planning so that voters have a clear indication. “Every change enacted so far has made things tougher for workers when things were already tough from the recession.”

“The cost of living has gone up, wages are not keeping up, and meanwhile the Government keeps attacking the rights of New Zealand workers. What we need is to lift incomes through a minimum wage of $15 an hour, a stronger platform for industry collective bargaining, and increases in productivity which are shared with workers.”

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