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Fair Pay Agreement legislation to be repealed by Christmas – Van Velden

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The Government is delivering on its commitment to repeal the Fair Pay Agreement legislation by Christmas 2023.

“We are moving quickly to remove this legislation before any fair pay agreements are finalised and the negative impacts are felt by the labour market,” says Minister van Velden.

“Fair pay agreements undermine the flexible labour market which has been a pillar for New Zealand’s economic success for the past three decades.

“They do not help employees. Instead, they make life harder for business so they’re more hesitant to employ people.

“National and ACT opposed this law when it was introduced and feel strongly that fair pay agreements would reduce flexibility, choice and agility in workplaces.

“To increase the wages of workers and ensure lower prices for consumers, there needs to be improved productivity and an environment where business can operate competitively.

“To lift productivity and drive economic growth there needs to be agile and flexible workplaces where employers and employees can agree terms that suit their unique situation.

“These agreements were a blunt tool that could be initiated by a union and a small number of employees, yet they applied to every employee and every employer within coverage.

“There will be no impact on the current terms of employment for workers as no fair pay agreements have been finalised to date.

“We are focussed on boosting productivity, becoming more competitive, and creating a healthy economy. That’s why we’re preventing more bureaucracy from being piled onto businesses and backing them to grow.”

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  1. Day 89 will be the last work-day for most of the workforce not on a fixed contract, and then,
    The cycle starts all over again…depriving the workers of tenure, pay rises, and in most cases, benefits (ie life & health insurance, retirement plans, etc.)
    This is EXACTLY like the John Key Government, and for all practical want of reasoning, Winston seems to be flailing about and waffling on his recent aggressive-inflected tone that ‘things will change’, when hardly anything has been accomplished due to John Key’s clone now in the PM seat…no thanks to the Globalists.
    Luxon has YET to address the Vaccine Holocaust in this country!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And Jerry Brownlee as the House Speaker???? We are now seeing Animal Farm in real time…
    This was the same ‘EQC Minister’ who denied a Columbo Street business owner (Kiwi Disposables) access to his stock and collectables worth thousands of dollars post-quake. And,
    Brownlee ignored that business owner and refused to meet with other business owners in most of Christchurch.
    Now…watch the quake damaged ‘Green Space’ get developed to the east of Christchurch, with the National party members in office probably buying-up the land at Masonic / St. Bede’s Boys rates!!!
    And the EQC fiasco was designed to save the insurance companies whom one can sue, but EQC seemed selective on whom it would help, w/ Brownlee in charge.
    No doubt there are blacklisted families in Christchurch, as some if not many have yet to get settlements, and are still living in garages, sheds, or in their cars…!

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