International services

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment provides advice on relevant international labour issues. We also assess the impact of international developments on New Zealand's labour interests.

We also:

  • provide advice as required to the Minister of Labour on relevant international labour issues
  • assess the impact of international developments on New Zealand's labour interests
  • provide input to the labour aspects of New Zealand's trade negotiations, and implement any resulting trade/ labour agreements
  • coordinate New Zealand's input to the APEC's Labour and Social Protection Network and Human Resources and Development Working Group
  • coordinate inter-departmental advice to Ministers on the implications of ratifying ILO Conventions
  • provide regular reports to the ILO about New Zealand's compliance in law, policy and practice with ILO Conventions
  • consult with designated representative organisations of employers and workers on all reports submitted to the ILO and other related matters
  • report to Parliament on the texts of newly adopted ILO standards
  • arrange visits to New Zealand by ILO fellows and other overseas labour officials
  • arrange and fund the attendance of New Zealand delegates at:
    • the annual ILO Conference,
    • two sessions of the ILO Governing Body per year, and
    • regional ILO Conferences.

Membership of the International Labour Organisation

New Zealand was a founding member of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in 1919 and has attended the annual Conference since 1935.

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Reporting under Article 22 of the ILO constitution

New Zealand was a founding member of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in 1919 and has attended the annual Conference since 1935.

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ILO conventions ratified by New Zealand

This booklet is a brief guide to the International Labour Conventions that New Zealand has ratified at 30 June 2015, and a list of the agencies that administer them.

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Trade and labour

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment manages New Zealand's input into the labour components of bilateral and multilateral trade agreements. The Government recognises that trading systems do not exist in a vacuum and that they have an impact on social, environmental and human rights issues.

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APEC, Labour and Social Protection Network

APEC operates under the leadership of the Economic Leaders and Foreign and Trade Ministers of APEC Member Economies who meet each year. Ministers representing various other portfolios, Senior Officials and members of various APEC forums meet throughout the year to launch new initiatives, track the progress of existing programmes and implement directives from the leaders.

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Arrangement on the Recruitment and Treatment of Filipino migrant workers

Workplace Relations and Safety and Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse and the Philippines Secretary of Labour and Employment, Ms Rosalinda Baldoz signed a bilateral Arrangement on the recruitment and treatment of Filipino migrant workers, on behalf of their respective ministries, in Wellington on 17 September 2015.

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Contact

For more information about our work on New Zealand international labour issues email the International Strategy & Partnerships team.