CTU MEDIA RELEASE
17 September 2008
Greens vision for workplace of the future a positive one for workers
“The Greens vision for workplaces is a positive one for workers, and will build on their work in Parliament that is already making life better for working people,” Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly said today, following the release of the party’s industrial relations policy.
“Their vision and policies, including decent wages for all, a minimum wage set at two thirds of the average wage, continuing work on pay and employment equity and safe workplaces, are in accordance with our ideals for the workplace of the future, set out in our vision statement Te Huarahi mo nga Kaimahi.”
“The Greens already have proud record of supporting worker rights, in particular through their work in Parliament to guarantee the full adult minimum wage for most 16 and 17 year olds, giving people with care responsibilities the right to request flexible work, and their work in the Buy Kiwi Made project.”
“A Green Party presence in the next Parliament is essential so that this work can continue.”
“There is a clear contrast for workers this election, between a group of parties who have, and are continuing to, strengthen their rights at work, and a group of parties who want to take their rights away,” Helen Kelly said.