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


ILO Convention Strengthens Collective Bargaining

ILO Convention Strengthens Collective Bargaining

New Zealand’s ratification of the International Labour Organisation’s Convention 98 will strengthen the rights of workers to negotiate collective employment agreements, the Council of Trade Unions president Ross Wilson said today.

The Labour Minister, Margaret Wilson, announced today that New Zealand has joined 152 other countries that have ratified the ILO convention on the Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining.

The move was made possible because the Employment Relations Act provides rights for employees to join unions and promotes the negotiation of collective employment agreements.

Ross Wilson said that while he welcomes the ratification, there is also room for improvement in the Act - which is now under review.

The CTU expects that the review, in line with Labour Party policy, will focus on promoting, rather than just permitting, collective bargaining.

“Even though we have a law based on good faith and the promotion of collective bargaining, only 15 percent of workers are covered by collective agreements,” Ross Wilson said.

The ERA needs to be strengthened to increase the level of protection for workers’ pay and conditions, he said.

“What we need to do is ensure that the new law can actually deliver on its promises.”

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods (is the dollar up or down?) the outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country... More>>




Submissions Summary: The People's Commission On Public Media

This Summary is a preliminary report from the People’s Commission. It brings together views and aspirations of the hundreds of people who made submissions, attended public meetings, filled out the online survey and made speeches to our Panel. More>>

Housing Plans: Protest Over Ihumatao Development

Ihumatao in Mangere, next to the airport in Auckland, holds the archaeological remains of 1000 years of food production; from when Maori first landed in the area, through to early European settler agriculture and right up until today. More>>


Negotiations: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word.. More>>


Contains Highly Colloquial Language: Your F**king Guide To Government Formation

The following message is in no way endorsed by the Electoral Commission. They are f**king done with this election. More>>

NZ Emissions Up 50% 1990-2013: Report Confirms CLimate Change Impacting NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: Inland Revenue Steps Back From Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election