Employment Court Ruling Goes Further Than International Law
“A very conservative decision which disregards the
international law on
which the Employment Relations Act is based,” Council of Trade Unions
president Ross Wilson said today.
Ross Wilson was commenting on the Employment
Court decision in N Z Dairy
Workers v N Z Milk Products (Fonterra) which struck down an agreed
arrangement between the employer and the union requiring non union members
to contribute to the cost of the wage increases and other benefits
negotiated on their behalf.
seems a fair principle that employees who benefit from the
work of the
collective bargaining group should contribute to the costs of bargaining,”
Ross Wilson said.
agreement has been ruled to be entirely consistent with
International Labour Conventions on which the Employment Relations Act is
Ross Wilson said
union members were sick of free loaders who picked up
benefits of the union’s bargaining work.
Employment Court has identified some technical barriers to
full effect to the international law jurisprudence in New Zealand,” he said.
“More than 300,000 union members will be disappointed by the decision.”