Iain Lees-Galloway

MP for Palmerston North

Spokesperson for Workplace Relations and Safety
Spokesperson for Immigration

Contact Iain Lees-Galloway

Iain believes in the power of people working together to create stronger families, a stronger community and a stronger economy.  His priority is to enable opportunities for Palmerston North to make the most of its many strengths.  Iain is passionate about creating a healthy, sustainable future for children born today.

Iain has been the Member of Parliament for Palmerston North since 2008 and is an experienced advocate and campaigner for his city and for the issues that matter to his electorate. Previous roles with the NZ Nurses Organisation and MedLab Central have made him passionate about healthcare, the largest employent in Palmerston North.  Iain is married with three children and enjoys rugby, football, singing and theatre.

Career Highlights:

  • Campaigns and Media Advisor for the NZ Nurses Organisation
  • Massey University Student Association President
  • Laboratory Technician for MedLab Central at Palmerston North Hospital
  • Labourer on the Tararua Windfarm

Contact Iain Lees-Galloway

Electorate office

Address: 46 Princess Street, PO Box 1430, Palmerston North 4440
Phone: 06 356 5958

Parliamentary office

Address: Freepost PO Box 18 888, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160
Phone: 04 817 6967


Latest from Iain Lees-Galloway

Labour urges Talley’s to end AFFCO lockout

February 03, 2016

Labour has urged Talley’s to resolve the ongoing industrial dispute with AFFCO workers which is having a severe effect on the employees, their families and their communities, Labour’s Workplace Relations spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says.

“Opposition Leader Andrew Little and I have written to Sir Peter and Michael Talley to express our concern about the 170 Wairoa workers who have been locked out of their workplace since last September.

Employment case makes case for clarification around work definitions

January 22, 2016

It’s time the Government ended the confusion around casual employment agreements, Labour’s Workplace Relations and Safety spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says.

“Bay of Plenty District Health Board has been ordered to pay $7,500 to an employee who was inappropriately employed on a casual agreement. The determination of the Employment Relations Authority makes it clear that Wendy Rahiri was in fact a permanent part-time employee. 

Privatisation plans for mediation services rejected

December 22, 2015

Plans to privatise workplace mediation services in provincial New Zealand have been met with dismay from both unions and employers, says Labour’s Workplace Relations and Safety Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. 

“In another attempt by the National Party to privatise core Government services, MBIE has quietly begun consultation on their plans to outsource mediation services and close their regional offices in Palmerston North, Napier and Dunedin. It is driven by ideology rather than evidence and the response from those who most often use the service has been uniformly negative.

Overwhelming opposition to locking-in zero hour contracts

November 05, 2015

Lawyers, workers, the Human Rights Commission and even employers were united in their opposition to the Government’s bid to entrench zero-hour contracts during hearings which end today, Labour Issues spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says.

“Employers – including Business NZ -- told the select committee considering the Employment Standards Legislation Bill they don’t use zero hour contracts and they don’t need them.

Labour for hire not a recipe for exploitation

October 26, 2015

Labour is supporting a call for an investigation into alleged dodgy employment practices within labour hire companies.

“FIRST Union says it has numerous reports of people employed by hire companies not receiving their minimum legal entitlements,” Labour Relations spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says.

Labour Day tradition worth preserving

October 23, 2015

While Labour Day offers many working people a great opportunity to spend precious time with our families, there’s more to do before we can really celebrate about our rights at work again, Labour Relations spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says.

“Kiwis traditionally celebrate the 8-hour working day on Labour Day. For most people that’s a thing of the past with insecure and irregular work, long hours, and low pay becoming the norm.

Woodhouse wrote own worm farm risk list

October 14, 2015

Documents obtained by Labour show Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse was advised to include dairy as a high risk activity in new health and safety legislation but didn’t, Labour’s spokesperson for Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway says.

“Advice obtained under the Official Information Act shows agriculture and dairy were originally rated as high risk by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Figures suggest National deliberately excluded farming

August 27, 2015

Figures showing the dairy industry would be categorised as high risk if there were a further five severe injuries within a year, strongly suggests National designed its flawed system to deliberately exclude farming, Labour’s spokesperson for Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway says. 

“The Workplace Relations and Safety Minister set thresholds for what industries would be designated as high risk. 

Predictable result of unfair law changes

August 04, 2015

National’s destructive labour laws have forced 1000 workers at Talley's-owned freezing works AFFCO into taking strike action just to keep their employer at the bargaining table, Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway says.

“The Government only has itself to blame for this strike. AFFCO workers are taking action in response to Talley's application to walk away from bargaining after a year and a half of negotiating - something they can only do because National changed the law.

Forestry death guilty plea proves case for reform

August 03, 2015

A logging company’s guilty plea over the death of one of their workers proves the need to strengthen health and safety laws, Labour’s spokesperson for Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway says.

Charles Finlay was killed in July 2013 when he was hit by a shard of wood after a log rolled off his truck. 

Employers want urgent action on health and safety

June 23, 2015

Moves by National to water down health and safety reforms have been slammed by employers – the very group the Government claims is pushing for change, says Labour’s spokesperson for Labour Relations Iain Lees-Galloway.

“The Employers and Manufacturers’ Association has written a letter to me expressing its mounting frustration at the way the Government has handled the Health and Safety Reform Bill.

Labour calls on all parties to end coat-tailing

June 23, 2015

Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway is encouraging all parties to support his Bill to end the coat-tailing provision when it is debated in Parliament this week. 

“New Zealanders have sent MPs a clear message. An opinion poll found more than 70 per cent of voters want coat-tailing scrapped. 

Illegally operating quarries must have safety reps

June 11, 2015

WorkSafe’s astonishing admission it has no idea how many quarries are being operated illegally is further evidence health and safety representatives are desperately needed in the industry, Labour’s spokesperson for Labour Relations Iain Lees-Galloway says.

“WorkSafe is supposed to be New Zealand’s safety watchdog. It is tasked with enforcing health and safety laws and standards, yet it seems unable to police many of the country’s high-risk industries.

Quarry safety law must be urgently strengthened

June 09, 2015

The growing list of incidents causing injury and death at quarries demonstrates the urgent need to strengthen the health and safety law, Labour’s spokesperson for Labour Relations Iain Lees-Galloway says. 

“The Select Committee considering the Health and Safety Reform Bill should use the extra time it has been given because of dithering by National MPs to make sure quarry workers and others working in isolated high-risk industries are as safe as possible.


Fairfax can’t use restructure to cut terms and conditions

May 28, 2015

The restructure and upheavals at Fairfax should not be used as an opportunity to cut journalists’ terms and conditions, Labour spokesperson for Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway says.

“Businesses have to adapt to new technologies and consumer demands and there is no doubt that media and journalism have been impacted by massive and rapidly accelerating change in recent years.

Labour reforms encourage bad employers to be bullies

May 05, 2015

The Government’s changes to labour laws have created a climate that allows bad employers to bully their workers, Labour’s spokesperson for Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway says.

“Tauranga worker Bertie Ratu was threatened by her employer Talley’s for asking her local MP Te Ururoa Flavell on Facebook to sign a petition supporting the meat workers’ negotiations with the company.

People trying to save lives don’t deserve abuse

May 04, 2015

WorkSafe New Zealand staff trying to save lives on farms shouldn’t be subjected to a tirade of verbal abuse from a Member of Parliament, Labour’s spokesperson for Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway says.

“Chester Borrows has labelled WorkSafe New Zealand officials ‘dickheads’ for trying to improve safety on our farms.

McDonald’s serves up some McHappiness

May 01, 2015

Unite Union and McDonald’s have given New Zealand a perfect way to celebrate May Day by reaching a settlement that strikes another blow against zero-hour contracts, Labour spokesperson for Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway says.

“Earlier this week it looked like Unite and McDonald’s had reached an impasse in negotiations.

Woodhouse should close work visa loophole

April 29, 2015

The Immigration Minister must revoke the work visas of temporary Chinese engineers working on KiwiRail trains and close the loophole that allows their employers to avoid New Zealand employment laws, says Labour’s spokesperson for Labour Issues, Iain Lees-Galloway.

“New Zealanders expect that when people work on New Zealand soil, they are employed under our laws. It is simply not right that overseas companies can win a tender for work in this country and bring in temporary workers that are exempt from our labour law.

Aged care needs urgent attention

April 29, 2015

The Government must stop neglecting older New Zealanders and the people who care for them and give urgent attention to a sector that is in dire straits, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway.

“The lead author of the New Zealand Aged Care Workforce Survey, Dr Katherine Ravenswood, says low pay, high workloads, an ageing workforce and an increasing demand for aged care add up to a concerning picture for the sector.

Worker safety top of mind tomorrow and beyond

April 27, 2015

Workers’ Memorial Day, commemorated tomorrow, is both a time to reflect and to encourage a better safety culture in all workplaces, says Labour’s spokesperson for Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway.

“On Worker’s Memorial Day, working people across New Zealand will remember those who have been killed and injured at work and their families.

Time for McDonald’s to upsize work hours

April 15, 2015

Labour is calling on McDonald’s to have more respect for their workers and offer them more guaranteed work hours.

McDonald’s is proposing to guarantee its workers 80 per cent of their rostered hours, Labour’s spokesperson for Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway says.

Burger King shows zero-hour contracts not needed

April 14, 2015

The abandonment of zero-hour contracts by Burger King is further evidence good employers do not need to use them, Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway says.

"Congratulations to the Unite Union and Burger King for settling an employment agreement that will significantly improve the position of its workers.

Cotton On first to test the tea breaks law

March 23, 2015

Australian corporate Cotton On, the first major business operating in New Zealand to exploit the new tea breaks law, could walk away from negotiations if it doesn’t get its own way, says Labour Party Labour Relations spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. 

“Cotton On has lodged a belated claim to reduce tea break arrangements to the bare minimum required in law during collective bargaining with FIRST Union members. 

Life to get harder for zero hour workers

March 05, 2015

Employment law changes that take effect tomorrow will make life even harder for workers battling zero hour contracts, Labour‘s spokesperson on Labour Relations Iain Lees-Galloway says.

“From tomorrow, it will be harder for working people to bargain collectively, harder to make sure new staff members get good terms and conditions and harder to take partial industrial action.

Minister must take action on death trap slides

February 24, 2015

Workplace Relations Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse must take urgent action to ensure inflatable amusement rides don’t become death traps for children, Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Relations Iain Lees-Galloway says.

“No one wants to stop kids having fun, but horror stories of children falling metres from giant blow up slides scare all parents.

Labour lodges bill to scrap zero-hour contracts

February 12, 2015

Labour is taking action against one of the most insidious attacks on vulnerable workers by today lodging a Member’s Bill against zero-hour contracts.

Certainty at Work Bill sponsor and Labour’s spokesperson for Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway says the spread of zero-hour contracts is a nasty result of the global financial crisis and the failure of Government to protect vulnerable workers.

Good labour laws means everyone gets share

February 05, 2015

Productivity gains need to be coupled with positive employment relations legislation to ensure that working people get their share of a stronger economy, says Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway.

“The Productivity Commission report released today Who benefits from productivity growth? – The labour income share in New Zealand shows that the proportion of productivity gains going to working people have fallen overall since the 1970s but that sustained growth was achieved between 2002 and 2008.

Turning up the heat on working conditions

December 17, 2014

A “Jobs That Count” campaign has the full support of Labour, the party’s Labour Relations spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says.

Organised by the Meat Workers Union, the campaign aims to put the spotlight on job insecurity in the meat processing industry.

Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll

October 30, 2014

Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says.

The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union – come at a time when ports are banking record profits.

ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz

October 29, 2014

Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway.

“Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal with, constantly breaching privacy, overly litigious and inclined to use every tactic in the book to avoid paying out for treatment and compensation.

National bows to union pressure over travel time

September 12, 2014

National has reluctantly bowed to pressure from unions and adopted Labour’s fair and sensible policy to pay home support workers for the time they spend traveling between clients, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says.

“This decision is long overdue and the result of strong advocacy by the Service and Food Workers Union and Public Service Association.

Kiwis get another raw deal as Government back tracks on ACC levies

August 06, 2014

National is pinching money from the back pockets of Kiwis, taking cash it doesn’t need through ACC levies to create the illusion of a surplus, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says.

“The Government has ignored the Accident Compensation Corporation's recommendation that levies on Kiwi workers and businesses be cut by $658 million next year, instead cutting them by a lesser $480 million as indicated at the Budget.

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