Zero integrity on zero hours

Written By: - Date published: 2:53 pm, August 21st, 2015 - 4 comments
Categories: accountability, class war, human rights, national, same old national, Unions - Tags: , , , ,

If you thought the Nats promising to sort out zero hours contracts was too good to be true — you were right:

Unite: Bill allows zero-hour contracts in disguise

Workplace Relations Minister Michael Woodhouse, already under fire this week over his controversial health and safety reforms, has now been accused of lying about wanting to end zero-hour contracts.

After a successful campaign earlier this year by Unite Union to get rid of zero-hour contracts in the fast-food industry, Mr Woodhouse said they were “unfair”, “unbalanced” and soon to be “unlawful”.

But Unite says his new Bill, introduced last week, is “truly horrifying” and actually “makes the situation worse”.
“The new law actually legalises zero-hour contracts, whereas in the past there was some legal ambiguity in their use,” says national director Mike Treen.

Zero-hour contracts involve an employee being required to show up for work when the employer demands, but the employer isn’t obligated to give them any hours. Often the employee is prevented from working for another employer, meaning their income can fluctuate from week-to-week – even down to nothing. …

Typical Nats – what happened to “unfair”, “unbalanced” and soon to be “unlawful”? Unite ran an effective campaign against zero hour contracts, causing some employers to dump them. It’s time to get that campaign back in to gear.

4 comments on “Zero integrity on zero hours”

  1. Richard Christie 1

    Now you understand why Campbell Live had to go.

  2. NZJester 2

    They got rid of it by changing its name. Normal National party practice.

  3. It’s just a minor change – from “unfair, unbalanced and soon to be unlawful” to “unfair, unbalanced and really convenient for our donors and supporters.”

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Compliance strengthened for property speculation
    Inland Revenue is to gain greater oversight of land transfer information to ensure those buying and selling properties are complying with tax rules on property speculation. Cabinet has agreed to implement recommendation 99 of the Tax Working Group’s (TWG) final ...
    1 week ago
  • Plan to expand protection for Maui and Hector’s dolphins
    The Government is taking action to expand and strengthen the protection for Māui and Hector’s dolphins with an updated plan to deal with threats to these native marine mammals. Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Minister of Fisheries Stuart Nash ...
    1 week ago
  • Cameras on vessels to ensure sustainable fisheries
    Commercial fishing vessels at greatest risk of encountering the rare Māui dolphin will be required to operate with on-board cameras from 1 November, as the next step to strengthen our fisheries management system. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Fisheries Minister ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Greatest number of new Police in a single year
    A new record for the number of Police officers deployed to the regions in a single year has been created with the graduation today of Recruit Wing 326. Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation of 78 new constables means ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Ensuring multinationals pay their fair share of tax
    New Zealand is pushing on with efforts to ensure multinational companies pay their fair share of tax, with the release of proposed options for a digital services tax (DST). In February Cabinet agreed to consult the public on the problem ...
    3 weeks ago