A Member’s Bill introduced to the House by Labour List MP Kieran McAnulty, the Employment Relations (Triangular Employment) Amendment Bill, yesterday passed its first reading.
“This Bill will allow an important conversation to occur about the role of labour-hire companies in New Zealand,” says McAnulty.
“At Select Committee, businesses, workers, and those that represent both will be allowed a chance to present their stories and concerns about the way some of these companies are operating.
“I have heard stories of good business practice, and am convinced that labour-hire companies have a legitimate and important place in our economy. However, we must eliminate practices that are exploiting workers in New Zealand.”
This Bill seeks to introduce standards to address where poor conditions and bad behaviours have been allowed to happen.
“We want a constructive conversation for the sake of ensuring fairness in the workplace. The Education and Workforce Committee will consider mechanisms to ensure fairness for workers, while preserving the role of labour-hire companies that operate in a legitimate way,” says McAnulty.
The Bill is set down for consideration by the Education and Workforce Committee.