|Issue No 39||12 November 1999|
Labour and Alliance Vow to Dump Contracts Act
By Noel Hester
- ASU Services Branch
The two parties likely to form a coalition government in New Zealand in two weeks time - Labour and the Alliance - have vowed to repeal the notorious Employment Contracts Act.
The viciously anti-union ECA, written by and for employers, has made New Zealand an international pariah in industrial relations. It fails all the key conventions of the International Labour Organisation.
Even by the ruling National Party's own criteria the ECA has been a dismal failure - labour productivity is down not up, unemployment is up not down and wage disparity has increased not decreased.
Labour promises to replace the ECA with new workplace law that promotes collective bargaining, recognises unions and is consistent with ILO conventions. Under Labour, union membership will remain voluntary.
Industrial action in pursuit of a collective agreement will be lawful, including the right to strike for multi-employer agreements.
An extra week annual holiday, twelve weeks paid parental leave, an increase in the minimum wage and a pay equity law are the main features of the Alliance's workplace relations policy.
Kiwi Workers Urged to Vote
Meanwhile, New Zealand citizens working in Australia are being encouraged to vote in the election to help ensure a change of government.
CFMEU rank and file member Gary Preston is circulating information around worksites, with information on how to enrol.
The only requirement to vote is that you have to have been in New Zealand within the last three years.
To enrol contact the CFMEU on 0293949494 or visit http://www.elections.org.nz/
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