National has been re-elected to government, so their unfair employment law changes are back on the table - and John Key has promised to pass them in the first 100 days.
The new laws will give employers the power to refuse to negotiate pay increases, deny workers meal and rest breaks and pay new workers less than the going rate.
The result will be to cement New Zealand as a low wage economy and increase the exodus of Kiwis to Australia.
Under National's changes:
Employers won't have to negotiate a collective agreement
It'll be harder to negotiate a pay rise when your employer can refuse to deal with the union
New workers can be paid less
Your employer will be able to take on new workers at a rate lower than the collective agreement
Employers can opt out of industry pay agreements
Your employer will be able to refuse to be part of an industry pay agreement, or MECA. Bad employers will be able to reduce wages to undercut their competitors, creating a race to the bottom across the industry.
Vulnerable workers will lose protections
Many vulnerable workers like cleaners will lose employment protections when their employer loses a contract. That means they could lose their job or have their wages cut every time a cleaning contract changes.
You'll lose your right to a meal or rest break
Your employer will be able to deny you meal and rest breaks if they decide a break would get in the way of work.
Your employer can dock your pay for partial strike action
Your employer will be able to dock your pay with a 10% 'strike tax' if you discontinue part of your work, for example with a paperwork ban.
More restrictions on the right to strike
There'll be stricter rules around giving written notice for strikes. Employers will be able to kill time and drain union funds by challenging strikes on technicalities.
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