INDEPENDENT NEWS

Employment bill still harmful, oppressive

Published: Mon 10 Sep 2018 10:22 AM
The Employment Relations Amendment Bill as reported back to Parliament today remains harmful and oppressive, says BusinessNZ.
None of the provisions that most concern business have been removed by the select committee considering the Bill.
The Bill, which promotes collective bargaining and amends employment rules, is likely to pass into law this Parliamentary term.
Speaking on behalf of regional business organisations EMA, Business Central, the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Otago Southland Employers’ Association and their respective Boards, BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope said businesses had clearly voiced their concerns, but these had not been heard.
55% of submissions were against the Bill and thousands of emails sent to Parliamentarians by concerned businesses. EMA, Business Central, the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Otago Southland Employers’ Association ran a high-profile campaign asking the Government to explain the reasoning for the Bill’s harmful provisions.
"Given current low levels of business confidence, especially among small business, it is unfortunate that the Government has neither listened nor explained its justification for the Bill
"Business cannot support this Bill and will be making our position clear as this Bill progresses through Parliament.
"BusinessNZ is also considering pursuing a claim to the International Labour Organisation or International Court of Justice on parts of the Bill which are contrary to international law.
"Business strongly objects to this Bill’s ability to harm employment relations, jobs and commercial value in New Zealand enterprises."

Next in New Zealand politics

Government to end tenure review
By: New Zealand Government
A new future for work skills training in NZ
By: New Zealand Government
Progress Stalled in Reducing Inequality
By: Salvation Army
SSC to seek answers on IRD survey
By: New Zealand Government
Prohibiting smoking in vehicles carrying children for health
By: New Zealand Government
Nationwide events to commemorate Waitangi Day 2019
By: New Zealand Government
Forest & Bird welcomes end to tenure review
By: Forest And Bird
Fish and Game welcomes the halt to tenure reviews
By: NZ Fish and Game Council
Purchase of unique North Otago reserve announced
By: New Zealand Government
Regions will suffer under centralisation of training
By: New Zealand National Party
SIT should not be merged
By: New Zealand National Party
Govt should privatise vocational education
By: ACT New Zealand
Vocational education needs to serve learners and businesses
By: Business New Zealand
Do not dismantle industry-led training and apprenticeships.
By: Industry Training Federation of New Zealand
Bold proposal puts people at heart of vocational education
By: Tertiary Education Union
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media