Fair Pay Agreement Working Group Report

For more information about the Fair Payment Agreements policy process, please email us at fairpayagreements@mbie.govt.nz. The FPA implements collective agreements beyond a single employer or several employers in an entire sector (either regional or national). Workers will be able to negotiate an agreement – a series of sector-wide wages and minimum conditions, which can be improved through collective agreements with one or more employers. If employers and trade unions in the industry fail to agree on these minimum requirements, there will be an independent arbitration body that will make a final and binding decision on the matter. The Campaign for Fair Wage Agreements (FPÖ) aims to establish fair and basic conditions of employment in a sector based on the employment standards in force in this sector. Click here to read a report on sectoral bargaining commissioned by the Trade Union Council Instead of negotiating with a single employer and often paying poverty wages, workers in one sector will be able to tackle sectoral problems. This has an impact on the future of work for all New Zealanders. Different jobs have different needs, ranging from adequate training to job security to health and safety. These needs can be addressed in FPAs so that workers ensure fairness and justice for their work. “The report outlines the challenges posed by policy changes in the area of pay equity. New Zealand is not untransible with the OECD, both in terms of income inequality and productivity, with kiwis working longer but producing less per hour of work than in most OECD countries.

“Right now, employers who pay a fair wage to their employees are underpaid by competitors who pay at a fair rate. It`s a classic race to the bottom that hurts people`s prospects and holds back many sectors. “Rt Hon Jim Bolger brought me back with detailed and valuable recommendations,” said Iain Lees-Galloway. Fair wages and conditions for workers make a big difference in the lives of workers, their families and entire communities. A sector-wide bargaining process allows vulnerable workers to have better access to fair bargaining processes. Jim Bolger and his task force will report with their recommendations by the end of the year. .