Parliament

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

 

Fairer deal for vulnerable workers

Hon Ruth Dyson
Minister of Labour

8 September 2006 Media Statement

Fairer deal for vulnerable workers

The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill means a fairer deal for vulnerable workers affected by restructuring, said Minister of Labour Ruth Dyson.

"The passing of the legislation underlines the Labour-led government's commitment to protecting specified ‘vulnerable’ employees such as cleaners and food catering service workers.

"The terms and conditions of employment of these specified employees have successively been undermined when the work they do is contracted out, transferred or sold to another business, or brought back in-house..

The legislation amends Part 6A of the Employment Relations Act to clarify protections for employees who are affected by the sale or transfer of a business, or contracting out of work.

"The Labour-led government’s policies with regard to vulnerable employees have not changed since additional protection was first introduced in 2004. This legislation ensures that the original policy intent of those 2004 amendments to the Employment Relations Act is delivered on."

Further amendments proposed in a Supplementary Order Paper will require the disclosure of labour costs to potential new employer wishing to take over a new business or new contract. This will also improve the level of protection provided to vulnerable employees because an employer will be less likely to underestimate the labour costs they will take on if the vulnerable employees choose to transfer.

Potential risks will also be minimised for businesses deciding whether to restructure as they will not have to ‘tender blind’ for contracts affected by this legislation.

"This legislation balances protections for those employees who are most vulnerable, with rights for businesses who will be subject to additional obligations. It will not implement a large-scale shift in employment rights; instead, it will deliver on what Parliament intended in 2004."


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>

 

Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>

ALSO:

Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election