NZ signed a new trade agreement with Taiwan this week.
For the first time the reference to labour standards is squarely in the agreement rather than as a separate memorandum.
“Each party shall respect, promote, and recognise in its laws, regulations, policies and practices, the following internationally recognised fundamental labour principles and rights:
a) freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining
b) the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour
c)the effective abolition of child labour
d)the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
All advice the Govt has received is the its proposed changes to Employment Law breach ILO conventions on Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining.
Hey Tim Groser… what you got to say?