INDEPENDENT NEWS

Horticulturalists fear uncertainties in ERB

Published: Tue 8 Aug 2000 09:07 AM
Media release
7 August 2000
Horticulturalists fear uncertainties in Employment Relations Bill
The Nursery & Garden Industry Association, representing 650 plant nurseries and garden retailers nation-wide, has voiced its concerns about the proposed Employment Relations Bill.
The Association says the Bill, if enacted, will impose considerable costs on the majority of its members. Most of its members are small businesses, a very significant number of which are regionally located.
Chief Executive Jeremy Kennerley says costs from union meetings, extended employment until the expiry of an agreement, education leave and other provisions of the Bill, will be hard for small employers to bear.
"Many of our members are operating on the margins now and they do not know how they will cope once the costs of reunionising fall on them," Mr Kennerley said.
"Compounding this is the problem of uncertainty and relearning the law. Not knowing what 'good faith' is until it gets tested in the court is very unsettling. Not knowing whether a union is going to cause a strike in order to get a multi-employer agreement across the industry does not help confidence to invest. Not knowing whether a former employee will bring up a bogus grievance claim nine years after leaving, does not give certainty.
"The Bill introduces additional restrictions for employers including the clauses detailing union entry to workplaces, communication with staff and information disclosure. Such restrictions work against the very core of small business generation, which is about flexibility and innovation, fuelled by the entrepreneurial flame.
"All these uncertainties are the result of this Bill and uncertainty prohibits growth. Our members respectfully ask the Government to take the Bill back to the drawing board," Mr Kennerley said.
Ends
Contact Jeremy Kennerley 04 3853511 or 025 953480

Next in New Zealand politics

Trades Hall bombing case re-opened, evidence released
By: RNZ
Govt targets fewer deaths on the road
By: New Zealand Government
Teachers unions to take legal action against Novopay
By: RNZ
Consensus reached on reducing agricultural emissions
By: New Zealand Government
Gordon Campbell on what’s wrong with Wellington
By: Gordon Campbell
$1m Compensation To Christchurch Gun Owners In First Event
By: RNZ
Youth Parliament 2019 Event Kicks Off in the Capital
By: New Zealand Government
Foreign Minister to visit United States of America
By: New Zealand Government
Gordon Campbell on the Aussie banks’ latest fee hike excuse
By: Gordon Campbell
Safer roads mean investment, not slowing down
By: New Zealand National Party
MTA welcome focus on vehicle safety
By: Motor Trade Association
Safer speeds for Northland roads
By: New Zealand Transport Agency
Better Driver Training must be part of Road to Zero
By: Greg Murphy Racing
Long delay in pay increase for teachers unacceptable
By: NZEI
Greater role for gas in electrification of transport
By: BusinessDesk
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media