The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has launched an online tool for working Kiwis to identify employers who aren’t doing the right thing during the COVID-19 period.
CTU President Richard Wagstaff said: “We want to ensure that people are able to tell their stories and log what is happening to them. Due to the number and complexity of problems that a significant number of working people are experiencing we need to create a register so that these cases can be triaged and addressed.”
“Where we identify there are systematic breaches of employment law we will be raising these with government.”
“Employment law still needs to be adhered to – employers who breach the law need to be held to account.”
There are 6 main areas we are seeing poor behaviour from employers
- Annual leave/sick leave use
- Use of the “wage subsidy”
- Changing terms and conditions of employment
- Treatment of casual and other precarious working people
- Health and safety/essential services
“We strongly encourage anyone who has not been treated fairly to ensure that they log it with us. Together, we will identify whether there are specific employers and industries which need to be urgently communicated with,” Wagstaff said.
Click here for a full-length HD interview with CTU Secretary Melissa Ansell-Bridges as she explains the initiative and why it’s needed.