“The National Party Policy on employment relations is simply the despised Employment Contracts Act in drag,” said Paul Goulter, secretary of the Council of Trade Unions today.
“There is no evidence that the Employment Relations Act is not working satisfactorily,” he said.
“Even employer groups have given it a ‘pass mark’ and workers support the fact that it gives a balance to the rights of employers and workers, rather than just favouring employers.”
Paul Goulter said that the National Party claims that the business sector is not seeking huge reforms but that is exactly what this policy would deliver.
“National proposes to attack union rights of access to the workplace, representation in collective bargaining, multi-employer bargaining, redundancy protection, provisions to ensure there is consultation in a sale or transfer, and many other important provisions of the current law,” he said.
“National also wants to remove the ability of new workers to be able to appeal against dismissal. No one should be fooled by their statement that new workers would have to agree to such a provision. They would not get the job without agreeing to forgo existing rights to appeal against dismissal.
“National is dreaming if it thinks that workers will be fooled by a policy that keeps the name of the current law, but guts the contents.”