Click here for our 2020 Election Priorities for Workplace Rights

Decent pay, stable jobs, and safe working conditions are hallmarks of a fair society. The state sector should lead the way modelling good employment practices.

Wages should be higher and not differentiated based on gender, age, or ethnicity

  • Employers should be required to audit and report their gender pay gaps.
  • The Equal Pay Act should recognise equal pay for work of equal value.
  • All working people should have a legislated right to minimum redundancy compensation of four weeks’ pay for the first year employed and two weeks for each subsequent year.

Contractors and temporary workers deserve a fair go

  • Legislative protection should be provided to labour hire working people to ensure their workplace rights are maintained.
  • Improve workplace protections for casual, fixed term, and piece-rate working people, including dependent contracters and migrant workers. 

Working people’s rights to organise should be protected

  • Unions should have access to worksites. Employers who block union access and communication should be penalised.
  • Legislation should enable multi-employer collective bargaining and collective bargaining for contractors.
  • The right to organise and strike for political and social issues should be restored.
  • Unionised workers should have the ability to prevent freeloading by non-unionised workers.

People deserve work life balance

  • Parents should be able to request flexible working arrangements and employers should be required to consider requests in good faith.
  • Moving to a 35-hour standard working week should be investigated.
  • 13 months of parental leave should be available, paid at 100% of the average male wage.
  • A new public holiday should be created between Queen’s Birthday and Labour Day.

Workplaces should be safe and healthy

  • Working people are entitled to fair and reasonable breaks, including for breastfeeding.
  • Where employers are fined for breaches of health and safety laws, workers should receive a portion of the fine.
  • Workplace health and safety training should include unions and other participatory arrangements for working people.
  • Regulations and codes of practice should be developed across a wide range of issues including harassment, stress, and toxic fumes and particles in the workplace.

Latest Workplace Relations and Safety Announcements


No excuses, Minister: we need mandatory pay gap reporting right now

The message is loud and clear: the Government must introduce mandatory pay gap reporting
Read More


Green Party stands with firefighters

The Green Party is calling on Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) to agree to improve the pay and conditions of our professional firefighters who...
Read More


New evidence boosts case for urgent pay transparency reform

The Green Party is calling on the Government to pass legislation to increase pay transparency, saying it is an urgent step that needs to be taken i...
Read More


Green Party calls for safer staffing levels in aged care

The Green Party is calling for urgent government action to ensure safe staffing levels in aged residential care facilities, as a new report today s...
Read More


Greens back calls for mandatory pay gap reporting

The Green Party backs the unions and community groups and Human Rights Commission calling for an urgent change in legislation to make pay gap repor...
Read More


Support workers deserve better pay

Care and support workers deserve much better than the pay rates Labour is pushing through Parliament today.
Read More