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


Employment Bill = compulsory unionism

Dr Wayne Mapp National Industrial Relations Spokesman

27 September 2004

Employment Bill = compulsory unionism

The proposed bargaining fee in the Employment Relations Law Reform Bill is another step in the direction of compulsory unionism by stealth, says National's Industrial Relations spokesman, Wayne Mapp.

Paul Swain tabled his amendment to the Bill today. It will allow bargaining fees to be deducted from the wages of non-union employees and paid directly to unions in workplaces where there is a collective contract.

"This means that many of the 1.7 million New Zealanders who have chosen not to belong to a union will now have union fees deducted from their wages, anyway," Dr Mapp says.

"The opt-out nature of the legislation means workers will have to pay these fees unless they specify that they don't want to.

"But if they don't pay the fees, then they won't get the same terms and conditions as union members.

"The Bill already has a virtual prohibition on passing on to non-union members any terms and conditions reached in collective bargaining. The effect of the new amendment is to create a situation where New Zealand has got compulsory unionism, pure and simple, in any workplace where there is a collective contract," Dr Mapp says.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news