Two consultations open: Fair Pay Agreements, and reducing migrant exploitation

Published: 17 October 2019

Two consultations have opened today on potential changes to New Zealand’s employment and immigration systems.

One consultation seeks feedback on options for the detailed design of Fair Pay Agreements, a sector-wide collective bargaining system. The other puts forward 10 proposals to reduce the exploitation of temporary migrant workers, including international students, in New Zealand.

Fair Pay Agreements

We’re consulting on options for the detailed design of a sector-wide collective bargaining system: Fair Pay Agreements. These Agreements will be a set of occupation and sector-specific minimum employment standards, such as wages, redundancy, or overtime. These will be agreed through bargaining between affected workers and employers, and will then become legal requirements in that sector.

We are consulting on how Fair Pay Agreements might work in practice and how they could impact different groups.

More information on the Fair Pay Agreements consultation.

Temporary Migrant Worker Exploitation

We are seeking feedback on 10 proposals to reduce the exploitation of temporary migrant workers, including international students, in New Zealand workplaces. The consultation is part of a multi-year programme of work that complements other work being done in MBIE and across Government.

There are three areas of focus:  to prevent migrant worker exploitation, protect exploited migrant workers, and better enforce through employment and immigration obligations.

More information on the Temporary Migrant Worker Exploitation consultation.

All members of the public are invited to submit their feedback on these consultations.

Submissions for both consultations are due by 5pm, 27 November 2019.