Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Migrant worker abuse bites into scarce labour inspector time

Darien Fenton
Labour Issues Spokesperson

6 June 2013

Migrant worker abuse biting into scarce labour inspector time

Investigations into the abuse of migrant worker exploitation are taking up increasing amounts of labour inspectors’ time, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s spokesperson for Labour Issues and Immigration.

“In Auckland inspectors spend 54 per cent of their work time investigating abuse cases, while across New Zealand that work takes up 33 per cent of their time.

We don’t know whether the percentage has increased because there has been a growth in migrant labour exploitation or whether Labour Minister Simon Bridges is finally paying attention to an issue that has been highlighted repeatedly over the past year.

“The Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme has eight inspectors who are spending up to 70 per cent of their time in places like the Marlborough region, investigating possible breaches of minimum wage and other employment laws.

“While it’s good to see action on the issue, the entire labour inspectorate across New Zealand totals just 35 people.

“This means resources are being diverted from their day to day work of policing other workplaces and employment issues, including, as Mr Bridges suggested today, not enforcing the laws that protect workers from being made to work on Easter Sunday.

“The government’s changes to employment law will mean an even heavier demand on labour inspectors. For many workers, they are the only port of call for protection, other than hiring expensive lawyers.

“We’ve seen the tragic outcome of the result of running down the health and safety inspectorate. Let’s not do it with other employment rights.

“The Minister needs to seriously consider increasing the number of inspectors.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On National’s Ongoing Problems With Abortion


Despite Christopher Luxon’s assurances to the contrary, there is no such thing as “settled law” in New Zealand. Apart from the six provisions that are constitutionally entrenched, legislation can always be amended or overturned by a simple majority vote within our single chamber of Parliament. Luxon’s repeated use of the term “settled law” has been particularly tone deaf, given that several of the US Supreme Court justices used that very same term during their confirmation hearings...
More>>



 
 

Government: Joint Press Release With President Of The Govt Of Spain Pedro Sánchez & PM Of New Zealand
On June 28, 2022, a meeting took place in Madrid between the President of the Government of the Kingdom of Spain, Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón, and the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, who was visiting Spain... More>>


Winston Peters: Issues Judicial Review Proceedings

Winston Peters has issued judicial review proceedings against Speaker of the House the Rt Honourable Trevor Mallard, challenging Mr Mallard’s issue of a trespass warning against Mr Peters on 28 April 2022, which the Speaker then withdrew on 4 May 2022... More>>

Government: Electoral Changes Will Bring Greater Transparency For Voters

Changes to electoral law announced by Justice Minister Kiri Allan today aim to support participation in parliamentary elections, and improve public trust and confidence in New Zealand’s electoral system... More>>



Government: Wellington’s Rapid Transit Option Progresses To Next Stage
The Government is progressing a preferred option for LGWM which will see Wellington’s transport links strengthened with light rail from Wellington Station to Island Bay... More>>


NZ Republic: Charles CHOGM Speech Green Light For Change
“Prince Charles had made it clear in his speech to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Rwanda today that even the Royal family think it’s time for change” said Lewis Holden, campaign chair of New Zealand Republic... More>>


National: Goodfellow To Retire As Party President
Peter Goodfellow today announced he will not seek re-election as President of the National Party at its Annual Conference. Mr Goodfellow will remain as a director on the board for one final term to assist in the transition... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels