E tū has welcomed the BERL independent report emphasising the role of Fair Pay Agreements in making lives better for Kiwi workers.
E tū Assistant National Secretary Annie Newman says the findings aren’t a surprise, as New Zealand is in the minority of OECD countries that don’t have industry bargaining in the private sector, contributing to our poor record on poverty and inequality.
“The countries with the highest standards of living invariably have national or sector bargaining that ensures decent living standards. We do not.
“Fair Pay Agreements are well overdue in Aotearoa New Zealand, as workers have suffered from inadequate laws.”
Annie says that cleaning and security are two industries in real need of sector-wide bargaining.
“One of the main problems in security and cleaning is the contracting model, which sees companies in a race to the bottom with wages and conditions.
“Some of the biggest companies have told us they’d really like to pay better wages but can’t afford it as they’ll be undercut by exploitative employers. Fair Pay Agreements can be a solution to that.”
E tū members spoke at the launch of the BERL report this morning, and the union is getting ready for a big push for Fair Pay Agreements.
“We’ve been campaigning for this since before the last election, and we were very excited to see Fair Pay Agreements in Labour policy,” Annie says.
“Now’s the time to see some action – low paid workers have waited long enough.”