on 04, Feb, 2011
Proof that you can do anything with words. Anything at all. The following magnificent sentence comes from the Government explanatory notes on changes to the ERA:
[On union access to workplaces] “Providing more discretion to employers over how and when unions can access workplaces could result in stronger working relationships between employers and unions because employers would feel more in control of who is visiting, and when.”
Don’t you think that’s clever?
And if unions were banned altogether, ooooh, just think how strong the working relationship would be!
on 20, Jul, 2010
Tagged in: working conditions
, sick leave
, Kate Wilkinson
, John Key
, Employment Relations Act
You will all be aware by now of the employment law changes announced at the weekend.
It is our understanding that all these changes are subject to the full select committee process but they can at any time invoke urgency as they did in December 2008.
These changes come on top of the original 90 day law in December 2008 rushed through under urgency, the limits being proposed to how unions conduct strike ballots, the requirement to agree on meal and refreshment break times, the axing of the Pay and Employment Equity Unit, the cut in union education funding, and the cuts in ACC entitlements.
Below we briefly summarise the changes announced which, in almost all cases, unions will oppose.