Parliament

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

 

ERB improved but still needs work

01 August 2000

ERB improved but still needs work

The final form of the Employment Relations Bill was an improvement on the original but still needs some work, Green Party Employment spokesperson Sue Bradford said today.

"I am pleased that the thrust of the bill, to restore balance between employers and workers, has been retained", she said.

"And the select committee has been able to iron out some anomalies which were creating fear amongst interest groups, and which have been hyped up by National and ACT for political purposes."

Ms Bradford said her support for contractors rights to choose their own employment status was well known, and was reflected in the final form of the bill.

"The Greens have also ensured that a union needs 15 members instead of two, a number that we thought was ridiculous and unworkable."

"We have also clarified in the bill that not-for-profit organisations aren't included under the liability of directors clause, and we have protected the Brethren's interests in relation to union access."

However Ms Bradford said she was disappointed that the final form of the bill did not include protection for vulnerable employees when the firm they work for is transferred or sold - an amended form of Clause 66 which the Green Party supported throughout the select committee process.

The Green Party will continue to work on several areas of the bill, including Clause 66 as well as protecting the right of workers to strike over political or environmental concerns, ensuring access to workplaces for unions and stopping free-loading in heavily unionised workplaces.

Ms Bradford said she was also continuing to press for the removal of the current 13 week stand-down period for benefits, as it was an incentive for workers to bring personal grievance cases which clog up the employment mediation and court processes.

Sue Bradford MP: 470 6720 or 025 243 4239 Gina Dempster, Press secretary: 470 6723 or 021 1265 289


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Charlotte Graham: Empowering Communities To Act In A Disaster

The year of record-breaking natural disasters means that in the US, as in New Zealand, there’s a conversation happening about how best to run the emergency management sector and what philosophies best engage and protect communities in the event of a crisis.

How much of the responsibility for a community’s safety in a natural disaster is the Government’s, and how much can be left up to the community themselves? And how do we ensure none of our most vulnerable residents are left behind? More>>

 

CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>

ALSO:

Signage, Rumble Strips, Barriers: Boost For State Highway Road Safety

Boost for road safety this summer Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter today announced a short term boost in road safety funding this summer and signalled a renewed focus from the Government on introducing safer speed limits. More>>

ALSO:

Risks & Adaptation: Cheaper To Cut Emissions Than Deal With Climate Change

The cost of climate change to New Zealand is still unknown, but a group of experts tasked with plugging the country's information gaps says it will likely be significant and it would be cheaper to cut greenhouse emissions than simply adapting to those changes. More>>

ALSO:

BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages