It has been months since the Government received advice on how to implement Fair Pay Agreements that would set fair minimum pay and other terms and conditions for working people.
The research shows that Fair Pay Agreements could make huge change for New Zealanders - higher incomes would mean less child poverty and more money in our communities, better training would mean a more skilled workforce and would help drive innovation.
These are all things this Government has said it wants to achieve. But we’re still waiting for these agreements to become law. Tell them it’s time to walk the talk. Tell them to put Fair Pay Agreements into law.
To the Coalition Government:
Getting Fair Pay right will mean working people and their families are better off, a better competitive environment for businesses who want to invest and innovate, and a larger share of New Zealand’s wealth flowing back into our communities.
We need Fair Pay Agreements that:
● Cover all working people in an industry so that no business can make low wages and low investment a competitive advantage.
● Encourage skills training, and workforce investment so that we can do better as working people and as a nation.
● Rein in the cowboys and fly-by-night operators who exploit working people and undermine good employment, harming good business and our regional economies.
● Get fair pay and a fair deal back to the working people who hold up our industries so they can have stable, happy and healthy lives again.
You have the opportunity to make an enormous positive difference to New Zealanders and to our economy. Please make the most of this opportunity to build better lives for all of us.