Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Employers Seek Facts on Employment Relations Bill

Media release
30 March 2000

For Immediate release

Employers Seek Facts on Employment Relations Legislation

A series of seminars to help employers understand the implications of the employment relations legislation have received unprecedented interest from employers throughout the central part of New Zealand from Gisborne and New Plymouth in the north to Nelson.

Wellington employers have been quick to register and that demand has been such that three seminars have now been scheduled in Wellington - the first will be held tomorrow Friday 31st March.

Rodger Kerr-Newell, the chair of The Employers and Manufacturers' Association (Central) said that over 350 confirmed bookings had already been received for the scheduled seminars even before the promotion had begun.

"Employers are understandably nervous about what the bill will mean to their businesses, and are keen to find out what the practical effects will be.

"These seminars address practical and strategic issues they will have to take into account when planning. These issues include entirely new situations and requirements, such as multi-employer collective agreements, union access to the workplace, good faith bargaining and changes in the mediation process," Mr Kerr-Newell said.

"Our offices throughout the region have been receiving continual requests for information. The 10 seminar series was our initial response but we have subsequently recognised the need for extra sessions in places such as Masterton and Wanganui.



"EMA (Central) is also providing a service to individual employers. This assesses their existing situation and looks at how specifically the new legislation will affect them. This is proving particularly popular with larger employers."

Mr Kerr-Newell, who is also chief executive of Hutt City Council, said the proposed changes are so profound that EMA (Central) is expecting to provide further specific training and other services once the bill is enacted and the exact provisions are known.

"While we have reason to believe there will be changes to some of the more outrageous proposals, employers do recognise the substantive policy will be implemented.

"This means fundamental changes to employment practices - irrespective of the debate as to whether the moves are good or bad for employers or employees. Thus, employers recognise the need to ensure they are ready to implement the changes with as little disruption as possible," Mr Kerr-Newell said.

Ends?/

More information: Rodger Kerr-Newell Chair Employers and Manufacturers' Association (Central) Phone (04) 570 6773

or Ian Reid Consultant Employee Relations Services Employers and Manufacturers' Association (Central) Phone (04) 470 9936


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK


Gordon Campbell: On Trump’s Open White Nationalism

At one level, this has been the week that the Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln – which once led a civil war that ended the slave economy of the South – has now defined itself openly as being the party of white nationalism.

By telling those four elected, American born and/or raised women of colour to “go home”, US President Donald Trump’s racist agenda has come out of the shadows. More>>

 

RNZ: Trades Hall Bombing Case Re-Opened, Evidence Released

The cold case has been reopened and the police have recently revealed more details about the bomb's components - including that it was wrapped in a 1977 edition of The Evening Post. More>>

Safety: Govt Targets Fewer Deaths On The Road

“Most roads deaths and serious injuries are preventable and too many New Zealanders have lost their lives or been seriously injured in crashes that could have been prevented by road safety upgrades,” said Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Rise Delay: Teachers Unions Plan Legal Action Against Novopay

Both of the teachers unions - NZEI and the PPTA - have confirmed they will be taking legal action against Novopay. More>>

ALSO:

Emission Statement: 'Consensus Reached' On Agriculture

Today the Government launched a consultation document, informed by the work of the Interim Climate Change Committee (ICCC), on how to bring agriculture into the emissions trading scheme, a key part of the Government’s plan to tackle climate change and reduce New Zealand’s emissions. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What’s Wrong With Wellington

For many Wellingtonians, it hasn’t been the normal hardships – the workings of central government and the lousy weather – that have recently pushed their tolerance into the red zone. It has been the inability of local government to maintain even the basics. More>>

ALSO:

$1m Compensation Paid: First Gun Ban Event In Christchurch

The Police Minister says the first ever firearms collection event in Christchurch over the weekend was a huge success. But Stuart Nash had concerns about whether the participation reflected the number of weapons in the region. More>>

ALSO:

The Kids: Youth Parliament 2019 Event Kicks Off

120 Youth MPs and 20 Youth Press Gallery members have gathered in Wellington to attend the two-day Youth Parliament event ... More>>

ALSO:

Friends Like These: Foreign Minister To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. today for talks with senior members of the US Administration, and to attend the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Aussie Banks’ Latest Fee Hike Excuse

When the Reserve Bank sought feedback on its plans to require the country’s major banks to raise their capital reserves then you might have expected the banks to whine and complain. And so they have. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels