Last week, Grant Robertson wrote about the Massey Uni cleaners who were facing massive cuts to hours or dismissal due to redundancy which was due to happen today.
Yesterday, Chief Judge GL Colgan issued a judgement which requires the parties to bargain for redundancy “entitlements”, but not including monetary compensation for redundancy. He has also said that the cleaners should not be dismissed today so that the statutory processes arising from their entitlement to redundancy can take place.
It’s an interesting judgement. It confirms that workers have an right to redundancy entitlements, despite there being specific requirements in the cleaners’ agreement that there be no redundancy compensation.
Of course all of this could be avoided if there were minimum redundancy entitlements in law. But that’s a story for the next Labour Government (and a sorry tale about redundancy under the NACT government).