Tuesday, June 18, 2013


The Transport and Industrial Relations Committee has called for submissions on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill. The due date is Thursday, 25 July 2013. You can either use the form linked above, or send two copies to

Transport and Industrial Relations Committee Secretariat
Parliament Buildings
The bill will allow employers to refuse to "opt-out" (refuse to negotiate) multi-employer collective agreements, and abolish the good faith requirement to conclude collective bargaining. Essentially it will allow employers to simply refuse to negotiate with unions at all (while, if National has their way, locking out their workers and hiring scabs instead). And this of course means lower wages, worse conditions, and ultimately lower living standards for ordinary kiwis.