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Govt. injunction will halt damaging boycott

Max Bradford

Opposition Industrial Relations Spokesperson

Monday 19 June 2000

Govt. injunction will halt damaging boycott

"If the Government fails today to stop the CTU from going ahead with trade boycotts against Fiji it must immediately apply for an injunction to halt the damaging boycott," Opposition Industrial Relations spokesperson Max Bradford said today.

"The boycott will harm businesses and residents in Fiji, and businesses and jobs in New Zealand.

"If the CTU decides to go ahead with the week long boycott against Government advice the Attorney General must apply to the Employment Court to seek an injunction against the CTU and affiliated unions from undertaking such action.

"Section 60(e) of the Employment Contracts Act allows for applications for injunctions to be made.

"There is an important principle at stake over whether the Government is prepared to acquiesce to illegal action by New Zealand unions.

"The CTU has been arguing for the Employment Relations Bill to include the right to strike for economic and social reasons under ILO conventions 87 and 98. This is an opportunity for the Government to send a clear message that it will not agree or acquiesce to such action.

"The CTU trade sanctions harm the very people they are supposed to help."

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