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


Printers nervous about employment Bill

Printers nervous about employment Bill

Printing Industries New Zealand, the body that represents a large number of printing companies, says its members are ‘nervous’ about the impact on their business of the Employment Relations Bill.

“Printing is a service industry, and needs to operate in a flexible industrial relations environment to meet customer expectations,” says Chief Executive Warren Johnson. “Since the demise of the restrictive national award system, employers and employees have been able to negotiate changed working structures to everyone’s advantage.

“But the Employment Relations Bill as it has been referred back to Parliament has the potential to create uncertainty in the workplace. Our industry is very capital intensive with many operations having millions of dollars worth of plant and equipment that must be kept operating for extended periods. To remain competitive in the international marketplace, company owners must have surety of production. The potential for impact from outside influences through the introduction of multi employer agreements is unacceptable to our members.

“What our industry does not need is uncertainty brought about by a new industrial relations environment. Issues such as the interpretation of “good faith bargaining”, the disruption caused by union officials visiting and attempting to recruit members during working hours, paid time off for union meetings, and the increased potential to have a personal grievance brought against you are but a few of the concerns being expressed.

The printing industry does not need the Government to drop on it a totally new piece of legislation that has the potential to seriously impact on an industry already under pressure,” Mr Johnson said.


For further information contact:

Warren Johnson
Chief Executive Officer
Printing Industries New Zealand
Telephone 0800 654 455
Mobile 025 454 115

© 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