Zero-hour agreements gone

Posted By TEU on Mar 10, 2016 | 3 comments

Tertiary Update Vol 19 No 8

Political parties across the spectrum are celebrating changes to employment law that will end zero-hour agreements.

TEU’s national industrial officer Irena Brorens says the real credit for ending the agreements goes to unions like Unite, which put the insidious agreements in the public spotlight.

“We haven’t seen the proposed amendments to the Employment Standards Bill yet,” says Brorens, “but the Council of Trade Unions has, and it assures us the changes are better for working people than both the current law and the bill as it was originally introduced.”

Brorens says TEU’s Industrial and Professional Committee will be assessing the changes when they are available and working out what they mean for people working at tertiary education institutions.

CTU President Richard Wagstaff, who has seen the changes, says working people are on the verge of being much better off.

“I am confident that working people will have more security of their hours of work.”

“If the legislation is passed with these amendments, it means zero-hour employment agreements are gone, and working people will be better protected from these kinds of abuse,”

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

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  2. Women trades students need more support from industry
  3. $2000 for two years at Awanuiārangi
  4. Coming out now safer for TEU members
  5. Guidelines should promote not manage scientific speech

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