INDEPENDENT NEWS

CTU supports non-union collective bargaining

Published: Fri 28 Apr 2000 02:49 PM
Max Bradford
Opposition Labour Spokesperson
Friday 28 April 2000
CTU supports non-union collective bargaining
The CTU has opened the door for non-union agents to negotiate collective contracts, potentially putting it on a crash course with Labour Minister Margaret Wilson over the purpose of the ERB, says Opposition Labour spokesperson Max Bradford.
"Today I have written to Ms Wilson seeking the Government's co-operation to introduce a Supplementary Order Paper that recognises the right for individual employees to negotiate collectively without having to join a union, as supported by the CTU.
"The question is whether this exposes a major clash between the Government's interpretation of the Bill and the CTU's. It needs to be clarified," says Mr Bradford.
At the first Select Committee meeting to hear submissions on the Employment Relations Bill yesterday, the Council of Trade Unions openly supported the right of non-union employees to benefit from collective bargaining for individual contracts.
"This will be welcome news to employees who do not wish to be part of a union, in order to benefit from collective bargaining. It would restore a right that employees now have under the Employment Contracts Act, but is being ripped away by the Government's industrial legislation.
"National, and now the CTU also, believes that people should have the option to bargain collectively through their own bargaining agent, without having to join a union.
"If the CTU is relaxed about the option, the Government should have no problem with the SOP," says Mr Bradford.
Ends

Next in New Zealand politics

PM to visit Japan and attend the UN General Assembly
By: New Zealand Government
PM's Post-Cab 16/9/19: A Way Forward
By: The Scoop Team
Gordon Campbell on allegations of left wing media bias
By: Gordon Campbell
Tighter gun laws for the safety of all
By: New Zealand Government
On Labour’s mishandling of the alleged sexual assault
By: Gordon Campbell
History rectified - Rua Kēnana to be pardoned
By: New Zealand Government
Initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission appointed
By: New Zealand Government
NZ history to be taught in all schools
By: New Zealand Government
Jacinda Ardern accepts Labour Party President resignation
By: New Zealand Labour Party
Q+A: Louise Nicholas interviewed by Jack Tame
By: TVNZ
Labour abuse allegations investigator hires computer expert
By: RNZ
Ending Sexual Violence Together
By: Toah-Nnest
National: Bill may stop gunowners seeking mental health help
By: RNZ
Government runs from election year firearms debate
By: ACT New Zealand
Measured and reasonable approach to gun register
By: Police Association
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media