Unions battle employment law changes

Simon Bridges not looking too petrified that the Unions are gunning for him.Unions are united in their opposition to proposed employment law changes, saying they will affect not only workers but their children and the healthcare system. Submissions to a parliamentary select committee on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill entered their second week yesterday. The changes will allow employers to opt out of collective bargaining if negotiations stall and withdraw from multi-employer collective agreements. They will also remove the rule that [...]

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Liquor Stores fined $200k for ripping off workers

Two Auckland liquor stores and a dairy owned by businessman Ala'a Bader have been ordered to pay more than $200,000 in wage repayments and fines for breaching employment law. The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) has found that the companies that operate Civic Convenience, Symonds Liquor and Sky Liquor, underpaid some of their staff who were international students from India. A Labour inspector investigated after the workers complained. The investigation found that the men were not getting the minimum wage or holiday pay [...]

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