The discussion paper examines the working group model and examines more detailed options and outstanding issues in the development of its recommendations. A system of fair-pay agreements will consist of several different parts. The consultation was an opportunity to give your thoughts on the different elements and the model as a whole. Cost: There will be costs to the negotiations and we wanted to know how best to share it fairly, including the possibility of a tariff tax, government aid or a “cost where they fall” approach. Summary of consultation on the consultation paper on fair wages. As noted at the time, the report was only the first step towards FPA legislation and the government indicated that further analysis and consultation would be required prior to the introduction of APV legislation. The discussion paper and the request for feedback are the next step in this process, but it is fair to say that there is still a long way to go before a bill takes shape. Mr. MBIE also published a discussion paper asking for comments on how to approach the exploitation of migrant workers in New Zealand workplaces. Submissions in response to the discussion paper close on November 27, 2019 at 5 p.m. Ratification: We are considering options for the entry into force of a VPA through ratification (i.e. it would need more than 50% support from workers and employers). We want a fair and responsible process, which is why we have asked for feedback on this threshold and procedure.
Last year, the Fair Pay Agreement (FPAWG) presented its recommendations to the Minister of Labour Relations and Security on a fair wage system. See the FPAWG report and our summary here here. The government has used these recommendations as the basis for the options it presented in the discussion paper and is now requesting public feedback before making any further decisions. Feedback is requested in the form of answers to 98 questions on the practical functioning of a VPA, which are presented in a government discussion paper (the discussion paper). Fair Payment Agreements (FAPs) are a new policy of fairness in the workplace. The idea is that a collective agreement applies to all workers in a branch or profession who set minimum standards for all. It is a bit like the recent gain on equal pay, which guaranteed a minimum rate for caregivers, which was well above the minimum wage. However, fair payment agreements cover not only compensation, but also other rights, such as working time, training requirements, health and safety. In October 2019, the government released a discussion paper in which you would like to gather feedback on a number of options for designing a fair payment agreement system.
The consultation ended on November 27, 2019. We want an effective and effective process, so we will present options to help negotiators achieve a fair and representative outcome. For more information on fair payment agreements, click here. You can access the discussion document directly here. You can also access the consultation document directly.