Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

The Employment Relations Bill and the Treaty

The Minister of Maori Affairs and the Minister in Charge of Treaty Negotiations have outlined government thinking on the relationship of the Treaty of Waitangi to the Employment Relations Bill.

Parekura Horomia and Margaret Wilson were responding to submissions seeking a specific Treaty commitment in the Bill.

"In legislating for fairness in workplace relations the government is exercising an Article One Treaty right," said the Ministers. "The Treaty gave the government the right to govern, and extended the protection of the law equally to Maori and other citizens of the country."

"The Employment Relations Bill extends the rights of citizens by introducing measures to protect them from injustice, exploitation and harrassment in the workplace. This benefits all New Zealanders, but is of particular benefit to Maori, many of whom work in industries where such protection is badly needed."

"The Treaty is important for the institutions created to administer the new law, such as the Mediation Service, the Employment Authority and the Employment Court. The Treaty, for example, is relevant to the appointment of mediators. All applicants have been asked about their knowledge and understanding and willingness to work within a Treaty framework. At least one person skilled in that area was on each interview panel."

"State employers, ranging from State-Owned Enterprises to Government Departments, and including hospitals, schools and universities must all operate within the Treaty framework. In using the new law to improve their employment relationships, state agencies will be also operating under their Treaty policies.



"The Employment Relations Act will promote effective and productive workplaces. Good Faith bargaining and easy access to the free, fast and fair mediation service will make implementation of Treaty matters easier in workplaces where it is relevant"

"In implementing the Act, there will be a focus on communicating with the Maori community to ensure that Codes of Good Faith take account of Maori tikanga and practices. This will assist Maori employers and employees to understand their rights and obligations under the Act.

"This government will move further than any other in recognising the Treaty in legislation where it is approriate," said the Ministers. "For example we are introducing the Treaty in new laws such as the Health and Disability Bill. This is the first time that the Treaty has been included in social policy laws.

"But the Treaty is a high-level document originally signed between those who governed two sovereign entities. It is not appropriate to introduce it into private arrangements between individuals."

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK


Detail Released: Firearms Buy-Back Scheme "Strikes Fair Balance"

Licensed firearms owners will get fair compensation for weapons handed in during the six-month buy-back and amnesty, Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Police Minister Stuart Nash announced today.

The fund available for the buy-back and amnesty has also increased by $40 million through a contribution from ACC. The total set aside for the scheme is now over $200 million. More>>

 

"Population Density": Stats NZ, Phone Companies To Track People's Movements

Stats NZ is partnering with cellphone companies to launch a new way of tracking people's movements every hour. More>>

ALSO:

QS University Rankings: NZ Ranks Well "Despite Resourcing Constraints"

New Zealand universities continue to do well in international rankings, with the release of the 2020 QS world rankings showing that all eight universities remain in the world’s top 500. More>>

ALSO:

Mosque Attacks: 21 Month Prison Sentence For Sharing Live Stream Video

A Christchurch man who admitted redistributing the livestream video of the mosque killings has been sentenced to 21 months in prison. More>>

ALSO:

Operation Burnham Inquiry: Afghan Villagers Pull Out

The Afghan villagers involved with the inquiry into Operation Burnham say they have lost faith in the process and will no longer take part. More>>

ALSO:

Child 'Uplifts': Children’s Commissioner To Conduct Review

“At the time of the attempted uplift from Hawke’s Bay Maternity Hospital at the beginning of May, our Office shared our views on the critical importance of the mother-child relationship, and the fact that this relationship is denied to too many Māori children”, says the Children’s Commissioner, Judge Andrew Becroft. More>>

ALSO:

Fluro Logo, Definitely Not Racism, Activist Judges: Act Has Conference

“Finally, New Zealanders will have the right to challenge bad laws in court. If the courts find that a law hasn’t been made in accordance with the basic principles of good lawmaking, it can be declared invalid." More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels