02 November 2005
Workforce issues missing in creative report
The Council of Trade Unions has welcomed a report from the Auckland City Council focusing on the creative industry contribution to economic development, but says there is a lack of detailed discussion on workforce issues.
“The CTU is strongly supportive of a greater focus on the creative industries,” said Carol Beaumont, CTU Secretary. “As the report identifies – the creative industries are a significant employer. What’s missing is the next step – discussion on the working conditions of those employed in the creative industries”
“People working in the creative sector are often self employed and isolated. The value of organising together, in unions, to focus on workforce issues and to provide a collective voice is why the CTU established and continues to facilitate the Coalition of Creative Industries and Guilds,” said Carol Beaumont.
The Coalition was launched earlier this year, to focus on professional and industrial issues for the sector.
“Health and Safety remains an issue affecting the industry, as we have seen with the recent exposure of poor working conditions on Peter Jackson’s King Kong set,” said Carol Beaumont. “The union led health and safety workplace reps system has had a significant impact on safety at work – with a 60% reduction in workplace fatalities in the 2 years it has been operational. Workers in the creative industries have an important role to play in ensuring their worksites are safe.”
“The ability to negotiate decent rates of pay is another issue affecting workers in the sector. For many in the creative industries, employees and self employed contractors alike, there are no standard, enforceable conditions. This is an area that needs attention for the sector to continue to develop.”