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Proposed industrial legislation contrary to Convention 98 of the ILO says EMA

Proposed industrial legislation contrary to Convention 98 of the ILO says EMA
2018-06-11
Article Type:
News
Publication Date:
2018-06-11
Jurisdiction:
New Zealand

EMA employment relations and safety manager Paul Jarvie says the current changes proposed to New Zealand’s employment legislation are contrary to Convention 98 of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Convention 98 defines an internationally agreed set of standards on the right to organise and manage collective bargaining. Article 4 of the Convention specifically states that negotiation between employers and workers’ organisation for collective agreements should be voluntary.

Jarvie says proposed changes in the Employment Relations Amendment Bill include compulsion to conclude collective agreements and prohibits an employer from opting out of a Multi-Employer Collective Agreement (MECA).

"The concept of good faith underpins our entire employment framework. It binds all parties equally and has been successfully used for many years," he says.

"The introduction of compulsion to conclude negates these provisions and closing deals because you must is neither good practice nor good business.

"We want a modern workplace and that needs legislation which reflects modern thinking and the future nature of work," says Jarvie. "The proposed industrial legislation does not. Rather, it seeks to add compulsion and put a straitjacket over employment relations."

 

People Mentioned:
Paul Jarvie
Organisations Mentioned:
International Labour Organisation; EMA
Website:
Reference No:
180611CA-8170

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