Fact check – Fair Pay Agreements and the ‘New Zealand Initiative’

This sheet briefly examines claims made by the ‘New Zealand Initiative’, a right-wing think-tank formed by the Business Roundtable, in their report Work in Progress: Why Fair Pay Agreements would be bad for Labour.

This report was released in early July 2019 to attempt to discredit the findings and recommendations of the tripartite Fair Pay Agreement Working Group, comprised of business, union and Government representatives.

Unfortunately, the core points of the NZI report are based on inaccurate data and outdated thinking about macro-economics.