What Are Fair Pay Agreements

Please email us at fairpayagreements@mbie.govt.nz for more information on the Fair Pay Agreements policy process. Regional differences can be taken into account in fair pay agreements, as well as career differences in agreements. One of the advantages of fair-pay agreements is to ensure that the regional economy does not suffer from lower wages leading to poorer communities. They do not deal with working conditions, skills and productivity, aging or redundancy. In fact, these state-controlled measures deprive workers and employers of the freedom of choice – precisely those who know what works best for their sector. The introduction of fair wage agreements and the exposure of workers to representation and better conditions may provide a launching pad for strengthening union formation and the protection of collective agreements in these sectors. Fair wage agreements are aimed at industries and workers who have not been able to influence their business conditions through collective bargaining. Fair wage agreements apply to all workers and employers in a given sector, for example to all agricultural workers and their employers. Unions would participate in negotiating fair wage agreements, but the standards would apply to all workers in the sector, whether they are unionized or not. It is time for the government to let businesses and workers in each sector decide the future of this industry, instead of leaving that future to the outliers that drive our wages, productivity and economy down, or to impose on them what the government sees as the best. READ MORE: Labor wants fair pay, Jacinda Ardern warns unions against radical industrial changes – It`s time for the government to move forward with fair payment agreements, says the union leader: “We can set minimum rates higher than the minimum wage, and we think it`s urgently necessary, bus transportation is a good example of those competing for it without a minimum of low wages – we want to eliminate them at a fair rate.” The country`s main trade unionist expects fair wage agreements from the government without the presence of New Zealand`s first “handbrake”.