New Zealand Labour Party

Labour to support next step of workplace law

Labour will support the next stage of National’s proposed workplace law reforms in good faith following negotiations with the Government, Labour’s Workplace Relations spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says.

“Workplace Relations Minister Michael Woodhouse initiated these talks with Labour after we raised concerns about the Employment Standards Legislation Bill.

“Our position is unchanged. We need to see the end of zero hour contracts and we will only support this Bill thorough its final stages if we see the changes that are necessary to achieve that.

“Zero hour contracts are amongst the most egregious forms of worker exploitation in New Zealand. Labour has led on this issue since day one.

“The Minister was forced to seek Labour’s support after we identified serious flaws in the Government’s Bill which caused National’s support partners to start questioning their approach.

“Zero-Hour contracts must be eliminated and we will continue to do everything we can to make sure that happens,” Iain Lees-Galloway says.