A report released this weekend by the United Nations Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is a direct warning to the New Zealand government that it needs to reconsider employment changes it has signalled it intends to make later this year.
Helen Kelly, CTU President says “the committee is concerned about the proposed employment law changes to collective bargaining which will see new workers not offered collective coverage and possibly employed on inferior employment conditions undermining employment rights.”
“This high ranking UN Committee made a specific recommendation that an independent evaluation should be carried out of changes to industrial relations and collective bargaining to ensure that changes do not negatively affect women’s employment and trade union rights.”
Helen Kelly said, “These changes will impact on all workers and they will specifically have a negative impact on women workers who are more likely to change employment than men and are also likely to be on lower wages and in precarious work. The changes the Government has signalled will weaken collective bargaining and make it more difficult to conclude bargaining. This will further reduce pay and conditions for New Zealand workers, especially for low-paid women workers.”