Designing a Fair Pay Agreements system discussion paper

Submissions closed: 27 November 2019, 5pm

The Government sought feedback on options for the detailed design of a Fair Pay Agreements system.


The discussion paper sought feedback on a range of options for the design of a Fair Pay Agreements system. 

A Fair Pay Agreement would be a set of occupation and sector-specific minimum employment standards, such as wages, redundancy, or overtime. These would be agreed through bargaining between affected workers and employers, and would then become legal requirements in that sector.

Feedback from the consultation will inform the Government’s ongoing work to explore the best possible design of a Fair Pay Agreements system.

What we consulted on

In 2018 the Government brought together worker and employer representatives together with experts in collective bargaining and law to form the Fair Pay Agreements Working Group. This Group delivered a report to the Government in December 2018.  Since then, the Government has considered its recommendations and undertaken detailed policy work. We have focused on areas where the Working Group’s recommendations needed further detail, or where additional work was needed to make the proposed system as effective and workable as possible.

The discussion paper works through the Working Group’s model, exploring more detailed options and open questions to develop their recommendations. A Fair Pay Agreements system will be made up of many different parts. The consultation was an opportunity to give your thoughts on the individual elements and the model as a whole. 

Our discussion document explored options and questions in six areas:

You’ll be interested in Fair Pay Agreements if …

  • You are working in a sector or occupation that may be impacted by a Fair Pay Agreement. This includes sectors with poor outcomes for workers which could benefit from more coordination.

  • You are a business owner or manager of a business that may be impacted by a Fair Pay Agreement. This includes businesses that employ workers in sectors where businesses compete on low wages and working conditions.

  • You are a union representative or an advocate for workers’ rights.

  • You are a business or industry representative.

  • You are, or advocate for, any of the groups of workers we expect might be particularly affected by Fair Pay Agreements: women, Māori, Pasifika, people with disabilities, senior workers and youth.

  • You are a consumer advocate, particularly concerning products and services whose prices may be affected by higher wages and working conditions in some sectors.

Last updated: 04 December 2019