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Funding could protect thousands of migrant workers

Published: Thu 17 May 2018 04:38 PM
Labour inspectorate funding could protect tens of thousands of migrant workers from exploitation
FIRST Union welcomes the Government’s announcement of 34 million dollars towards a beefing up of Labour Inspectors.
FIRST Union’s General Secretary Dennis Maga says it will improve the accessibility of labour inspectors to ensure workplaces adhere to at least the minimum requirements of employment law.
“There’s presently around 50-60-odd inspectors for the whole country so only the worst case scenarios are receiving attention.”
Mr Maga says it will also go a long way to repairing New Zealand’s damaged reputation overseas following revelations of a terrible migrant exploitation over the last few years.
“This announcement is more worker-central than the previous government and will help to rebuild New Zealand’s reputation as a safe place for migrant workers to work.”
He says it will make business managers think twice before pushing or breaking the law, and it will reinforce better working conditions.
“It will discourage companies from believing they can import workers and use them for jobs that most Kiwis wouldn’t put up with.”
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FIRST Union
Putting Workers First
FIRST Union is New Zealand's second-largest private sector trade union.
Formed in 2011 after the merger between the National Distribution Union and Finsec, FIRST Union represents 27,000 workers in the Finance, Industrial (Textile and Wood), Retail, Stores, Transport and Logistics sectors.
FIRST Union is also affiliated to the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions and runs several networks including the Union Network of Migrants, the Runanga, Fono and Womens' Committee. In 2015 FIRST Union launched Samoa First Union, Samoa's only private sector union.
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