Supporters of National’s Easter Trading Bill are pushing for more gambling, more booze and less time with family says Labour’s Workplace Relations spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway.
“Not satisfied with stealing family time from workers on Easter Sunday, hospitality and retail sector lobbyists today told a Parliamentary select committee they want more access to pokies and more booze to be sold on that day as well.
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Last year the union movement, led by Unite, launched an amazing campaign against zero hour contracts. One of Andrew Little’s first moves as Labour leader was to get in behind that campaign and pledge that in government Labour will put an end to these unfair, exploitative contracts.
The campaign, which included industrial action by union members, a petition by signed by over 40,000 people, and an intense lobbying effort, caused the government to back down and commit to ending zero hour contracts.
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.
The Government should work with Hawke’s Bay orchardists who are struggling to find workers to promote jobs to New Zealanders before looking to any relax immigration rules, Labour’s Workplace Relations and Immigration spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says.
“Representatives of the horticulture industry have assured me in the past few days that people working on orchards and in pack houses can earn well and have good working conditions.
An Employment Court judgement requiring Talley’s AFFCO staff at its Wairoa freezing works to return to their normal shifts is a victory for the locked out workers, say Labour’s Workplace Relations Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway and MP for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti Meka Whaitiri.
“This has been a five month ordeal for the workers, their families and the wider Wairoa community,” says Iain Lees-Galloway.
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.
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.