13 September 2004
Wide Support Expected for ERA Report
The select committee report on the amendments to the Employment Relations Act is expected to reflect wide consensus over proposals which “fine-tune” the law, Council of Trade Unions president Ross Wilson said today.
The report on the Employment Relations Law Reform Bill is to be tabled in Parliament this afternoon.
“There has been extensive consultation with the CTU and Business NZ and a fairly broad consensus has emerged around a substantial number of the core amendments,” Ross Wilson said.
“The CTU is disappointed that the Bill will not significantly strengthen multi-employer bargaining, but welcomes the move to allow arrangements between employers and unions to address free-loading.”
Such an amendment would reverse the effect of the recent Court of Appeal decision in the Fonterra/Dairy Workers Union case, Ross Wilson said. It would also reflect international law under ILO conventions.
“Overall the CTU looks forward to the amended Employment Relations Act coming into effect in December.
“It will make a real difference to many groups of workers who can’t get a fair go in bargaining.”