26 Apr 2022

Fair Pay Agreements: How will they work?

From Nine To Noon, 9:05 am on 26 April 2022
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How well prepared are employers for the the biggest change to workplace law in decades expected later this year?

The Fair Pay Agreements bill brings together employers and unions within a sector to bargain for minimum terms and conditions for all employees in that industry or occupation. 

Workers will be represented by unions, and employers by an employer association, these will need to be established. 

The proposed law has support from workers groups welcoming the provision of minimum fair pay standards for some of the lowest paid New Zealanders but BusinessNZ says Fair Pay Agreements are "fundamentally flawed" and the legislation breaches international obligations for voluntary bargaining.

It's taking the case to the International Labour Organisation. Kathryn speaks to Kirk Hope, the Chief Executive of BusinessNZ, as well as Megan Vant, a senior associate at Dundas Street Employment Lawyers.

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