No benefits from "rock star economy" for low-paid workers
19 March 2014
No benefits from "rock star economy"
for low-paid workers
"The National Government has
ensured that there will be no benefits from the "rock-star
economy" flowing to low-income workers and their families as
it pushes ahead with passing changes to the Employment
Relations Act," said Service and Food Workers Union National
Secretary, John Ryall.
John Ryall said the Employment
Relations Amendment Bill, expected in Parliament today,
would hit low-paid workers and their families hard. The SFWU
covers 22,000 of New Zealand's lowest paid workers.
giving employers the opportunity to walk away from
collective bargaining, to refuse to negotiate industry
agreements and to dump cleaners during contract changes the
Government is ensuring an even tougher time for those
workers who are already struggling," he said.
Government has completely ignored the thousands of
submissions made to the Select Committee opposing the
removal of important workplace rights.
"New Zealand is
already one of the top countries for the rate in growth of
economic inequality. These changes will make things even
worse," said John
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