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

 

NZ performers welcome Labour Party proposal


NZ performers welcome Labour Party proposal to restore fairness and certainty for NZ workers

Equity New Zealand today welcomed the announcement by the Labour Party that if elected, it would restore the right of film and television workers to collective bargaining. The Labour Party made its announcement as a part of it’s “A fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work” industrial policy platform launch on Thursday.

The announcement comes almost four years after the National Government (under pressure from Hollywood Studio Warner Bros) explicitly removed NZ performer and crew rights and protections from the Employment Relations Act 2000 – rights and protections that are afforded all other workers in the country.

“It is well and truly time that these grossly unfair and discriminatory laws be removed from the books, and real certainty be restored to the film and television industry,” said Equity New Zealand President Jennifer Ward-Lealand. “Film and television workers have been treated like second class citizens under the law for far too long, leading to instability and greater uncertainty within the industry.”

“In spite of these laws, Equity New Zealand has worked constructively with SPADA and other stakeholders in the industry to develop a more harmonious film and television environment.”

Earlier this year Equity New Zealand and SPADA announced, after three and half years of negotiations, that an agreement had been reached on a standard Individual Performance Agreement and Backend Agreement for use on NZ based and funded film and TV drama programs.

Ms Ward-Lealand stated: “It has only been through this hard work and commitment from all industry stakeholders that we have managed to heal as an industry and provide some semblance of certainty to film and television performers and crew. It is high time that this harmony be returned to the law as well.”

For further information contact Equity New Zealand Acting Industrial Organiser Alastair Browning on 0273601980

Equity New Zealand is an autonomous part of the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance and is the industrial and professional organisation representing performers who work in New Zealand’s entertainment industries.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Fallout From The Barclay Tape

This is hardly a case of cleaning out your desk and being turfed out onto the pavement.

As others have pointed out, the disgraced Clutha-Southland MP will remain on the public payroll for three months until the election, and for three months afterwards. More>>

 

Ombudsman: Canterbury Schools Reorganisation Mishandled

An investigation into the Canterbury schools reorganisation after the February 2011 earthquakes has found significant gaps and flaws in the Ministry’s engagement and communications with schools and communities. More>>

ALSO:

Law Commission: Contempt Report "Protects Right To Fair Trial"

The proposed Act limits what news media representatives and bloggers can report on court proceedings, but it also makes clearer than the current law where the line is between contempt and freedom of expression. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Our Refugee Intake (And Uber’s Woes)

On figures released this week, there are currently 65.6 million people worldwide who have been displaced from their homes by war, famine or other external causes… More>>

ALSO:

IGIS Report: GCSB Support For Groser WTO Bid Not Illegal

“The inquiry has found that the GCSB did not act unlawfully or improperly in providing assistance to the New Zealand government campaign”, Ms Gwyn said. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: Pike And Houses

There were questions on Pike River mine re-entry after new video from inside the drift was released over the weekend. English maintained a human effort would not be feasible irrespective of any future coalition demands from NZ First. He said the government would continue to work with families on non-manned re-entry. More>>

ALSO:

Flogging A Dead Horse: NZ First Seeks New s59 Referendum

10 years on from the so called “anti-smacking” law - NZ First calls for a binding referendum. NZ First MP Tracey Martin told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that the law change has had a “chilling effect” on NZ parents including herself. More>>

ALSO:

Always Interesting: Internet Party Has New Leader

The Internet Party has a new leader: Suzie Dawson... She currently resides in Moscow, Russia, where she has applied for temporary asylum due to severe persecution she reports being subjected to by those whose corruption she worked to expose.More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog
More RSS News Alerts