February 07, 2018
Film workers ponder new labour script
Maori in the film industry want to be sure a change in labour laws will mean an improvement in their working conditions.
Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway has appointed a group of film industry insiders, unionists and Business New Zealand to advise on changes to the so-called 2010 hobbit law that took away the right of film workers to bargain collectively.
Erina Tamepo , who is representing Maori screen workers umbrella group Nga Aho Whakaari on the group, says she will consult members to ensure any recommendations reflect their needs.
For some, collective bargaining will not be the way to go.
"A lot of our members want to remain contractors because you get so many perks and tax relief. They don't necessarily want to be employees but they want to enjoy the same rights – not even enjoy. It should be something they are given as a right," Ms Tamepo says.
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