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Union members talk to Wellington M.P.'s

New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

25 May 2004

Union members talk to Wellington M.P.'s

A Beehive theatrette full of union delegates from workplaces all over Wellington will attend a meeting this Wednesday to talk to Wellington based M.P.'s about the proposed amendments to the Employment Relations Act. The meeting has been organised by the Wellington Local Affiliates Council of the Council of Trade Unions.

Those attending are likely to show support for many of the new elements of the Bill and point out the need for some of the proposed changes to be clarified and amended. They are likely to raise:

* The continuing difficulties in getting employers to negotiate collective agreements
* The need for provisions that better support multi employer agreements
* The need for genuine good faith, and how this can be enforced
* Their support for the protections in the Bill for workers whose work is contracted out to a new employer
* How employers can use non union members to undermine the negotiations of union members
* Concerns about changes to the equal pay provisions

A media release will be made immediately after the meeting

ENDS


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