October 28, 2014
Maori party slams attack on workers’ rights
In what could be a test of their relationship, the Maori Party has condemned the first major piece of legislation National has introduced for its third term.
MP Marama Fox says the Employment Relations Amendment Bill will reduce worker’s rights, endanger job security and decimate the good faith provisions of workplace bargaining.
It will also allow employers to scrap meal and smoko breaks and to reduce worker’s pay in response to partial strikes.
Ms Fox says the proposed changes to collective bargaining are inconsistent with New Zealand’s obligations under international human rights law.
She says low paid workers will suffer the most, in particular women, Maori and other ethnic minorities.
The Maori Party’s support agreement means it is able to vote against the bill, because it is not a matter of confidence or supply.
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