National’s tea-break-busting bill will pass through parliament this week. What will this mean?
The Government’s Employment Relations Amendment Bill makes several changes, including removal of guaranteed tea breaks and meal breaks. Such breaks have long been part of union awards and agreements but were not in New Zealand law until Labour introduced them in 2008.
The Employment Relations Amendment Bill makes other changes, mostly to the disadvantage of workers and union organisation. Changes include rights for employers to opt out of multiemployer agreements and removal of the requirement to offer new employees the same terms and conditions for 30 days of employees doing the same work as those covered by a union.
The bill also requires written notice of industrial action, which must include a start and finish date.
And workers lose their existing right to transfer to a new contractor taking over their work and to bargain for redundancy payments.
What to do?
Going on past form, we can expect Labour Party chiefs will tell us to wait until they get back into government and then they’ll sort it out.
That’s not good enough. For starters, the way they’re going at the moment, Labour may never win another election!
Seriously though, Labour has repeatedly shown it can’t be trusted on these matters. They promised to Read the rest of this entry »