Industrial law needs to protect workers bargaining rights, ensure workplace safety, and guarantee an adequate income.
The minimum wage should be increased to 66% of the average wage.
The Employment Relations Act should be reviewed to enable multi-employer collective bargaining and the right to strike on social issues.
A Pay and Employment Equity Commission needs to be established, and legislation passed, to reduce inequalities based on gender, ethnicity and disability.
- Pay and employment equity for all workers, including Maori.
- Workers, employers and unions all involved in decision-making about the workplace.
- Workplace democracy and collective organisation are essential to address the inherent potential for inequality of power between employers and employees.
- Workers need protection under the law and should be paid a living wage.
- Workplaces that are safe, healthy and free from discrimination.
Specific Policy Points
Living Wage and Job Security
- Increase the minimum wage and ensure it does not fall below 66% of the average wage.
- Make the minimum wage the same for all workers, including youth and employed trainees.
- Support workers' calls for fair wages.
- Improve rights and protection for casual, seasonal, fixed term and temporary workers.
- Require employers to consider, in good faith, requests for flexible working arrangements from the parents of young children.
- Support a complete review of the Employments Relations Act.
- Improve workplace democracy and improve workers’ union representation and participation in the future of their work.
- Implement international standards on the right to strike, worker accident compensation, pay equity and breastfeeding breaks.
Collective Organising and Bargaining
- Support initiatives for multi-party bargaining, including multi-employer collective bargaining, and collective bargaining for contractors.
- Support the right of unionised workers to prevent freeloading by non-union workers.
Pay and Employment Equity
- Better access to information on employment rights for vulnerable workers.
- Support equal pay for men and women workers for work of equal value.
- Increase workplace access to subsidised early childhood and after school care.
Healthy and Safe Workplaces
- Stronger laws for key health and safety areas including hazardous substances, harrassment, occupational cancer, pregnancy, lone working, stress.
- Where employers are prosecuted and fined for breaches of workplace safety, a portion of the fine will be paid to workers injured as a result of the breach.
Support a review of the State Sector Act and the Public Finance Act to provide greater collaboration across government agencies to:
- Promote a strong public sector, operating as a single entity.
- Lessen competition between departments.
- Promote better employment practices.
- Promote multi departmental collective bargaining of consistent wages & conditions for state sector workers.