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


Temp work undermines jobs and decent wages


Associate Labour Spokesperson

Temp work undermines jobs and decent wages

A Hays report out today showing 64 per cent of employers use temporary or contract staff and 18 per cent intend to increase their use in the coming year is bad news for secure and decent work in New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Labour spokesperson Darien Fenton.

“Temporary workers have no rights to ongoing employment and no defence against arbitrary dismissal. Contractors have no employment rights at all, including no minimum wage, no holidays and no rights to protection against unfair dismissal.

“At its worst, temporary work is used to replace good, well-paying jobs with agencies who employ workers on minimum wage to do essentially the same work as those they work alongside.

“The use of temporary or labour-hire workers is on the increase in manufacturing and food production in particular. This is leaving permanent workers defenceless in the wake of demands from employers to cut their wages.

“More disturbing is the admission by some employers in the survey that they use temporary and contract work as a means to assess ongoing employment.

“Apart from being of dubious legality, the 90-day trial period was supposed to provide a way for evaluating suitability of employment, yet employers are continuing to dream up new devices to avoid the obligations of employment law and put the risk back on workers.

“Labour has consistently raised our concerns about the vulnerability of insecure work over several years and would have legislated by now to stop these practices.

“There is a place for temporary work and fixed term contracts are provided for in the Employment Relations Act. But this kind of practice is nothing to be celebrated and will do nothing to contribute to better paid decent work in New Zealand,” Darien Fenton says.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news