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


Labour's Employment Relations policy launched

Hon Paul Swain
Minister of Labour

30 August 2005 Media Statement

Labour's Employment Relations policy launched

Labour Minister Paul Swain today launched Labour's Employment Relations policy, aimed at promoting both good workplace relationships and productivity.

Paul Swain said that Labour recognises that building a high wage, high skill economy requires continuous productivity improvements. In partnership with employers and unions, Labour aims to boost productivity by improving:

- leadership and management capability,

- workplace culture, innovation and technology,

- networking,

- how work is organised, and

- measuring what matters and investing in people and skills.

“The Employment Relations Act has worked very well since becoming law in 2000. To radically alter it now – as National promises to do – would turn back the clock and destroy all the good work of our past two terms in government.

“In our next term in government, Labour will:

- Continue to fine-tune the Employment Relations Act.

- Ensure greater protection for dependent contractors.

- Strengthen the employment rights of temporary workers.

- Investigate options for the protection and portability of workers’ entitlements to leave and superannuation as they move from one job to another.

- Amend the Employment Relations Act to ensure that the policy intent of the protections for vulnerable workers in relation to successor contracting, and contracting mechanisms that have the affect of avoiding the Act, are fully achieved by the legislation.

"The bad old days of the Employment Contracts Act will be back before lunchtime if National gets its way. Only Labour can strike a fair balance between the needs of workers and business," Mr Swain said.

“This policy builds on Labour's achievements since 1999 and will contribute to New Zealand's continued economic prosperity," Mr Swain said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election