25 Jan 2019

Business groups ignored in fair pay taskforce - NZ Initiative

From Morning Report, 6:40 am on 25 January 2019

The New Zealand Initiative says business groups on a task force considering Fair Pay Agreements appear to have been ignored. A panel - chaired by the former National Prime Minister Jim Bolger - has made recommendations to the government on how best to set up Agreements that would set minimum terms and conditions for all workers in the same sector or occupation in a bid to stop a slide in pay. The report has yet to be made public, but the National Party has been told some of the recommendations - chiefly that a fair pay negotiation could be triggered with the support of just ten per cent of a workforce nationwide. Oliver Hartwich - from the New Zealand Initiative - told our political reporter Craig McCulloch that is an anti-business move.