According to the CTU, an estimated 6000 submissions have been forwarded on the government’s antiquated Employment Relations Amendment Bill (No 2) to the Transport & Industrial Relations Select Committee.
This is the bill that :
• Extends the 90 day no rights trial period to all workplaces
• Restricts the right of workers to have access to their unions at work
• Weakens fair processes where workers actually manage to get a grievance hearing
among other things.
Submissions hearings begin tomorrow in Wellington, and are likely to take up a lot of time in the next few weeks. The Select Committee will travel to other places (to be determined) and also meet during House Sitting time to get through the very tight timeframe of reporting back the bill by 7 November.
I’ve read some of the submissions so far and the arguments are comprehensive and convincing. With unions planning a national day of action in October, it will be interesting to see if the National Government members, who have the majority on the committee, are prepared to listen – and if necessary convince their Minister to change her mind.
We’ll see – but not holding my breath.
These are public hearings, so come along if you can.