Workplace relations minister hits back at 'misleading' campaign

Drive 23/07/2018
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The Minister of Workplace Relations is hitting back at business leaders who have launched a smear campaign against upcoming labour law changes.

Business groups say it’s causing a dip in business confidence but Workplace Relations Minister, Iain Lees-Galloway, who joined Ryan Bridge and Chester Borrows on RadioLIVE Drive, claims the campaign is responsible for plunging business confidence.

The 'Fix the Bill' campaign is run by the Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA), Business Central, Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Employers Otago Southland.

It claims:

  • 90-day trials will be scrapped for businesses with more than 20 employees
  • Union reps will have access to workplaces without permission
  • Businesses will be forced to settle collective agreements
  • And businesses won't be able to opt out of a multi-employer collective agreement

Mr Lees-Galloway told RadioLIVE that only one of these four is correct.

“These are changes that are designed to strengthen the position of working people  , certainly to support unions to do their work,” he told Ryan Bridge and Chester Borrows.

Listen to the full interview with Iain Lees-Galloway above.

Drive with Ryan Bridge and Chester Borrows, filling in for Lisa Owen, 3pm - 6pm Weekdays and streaming live on 'rova' channel 9 - available on Android and iPhone.