Fair pay agreements are game-changer

The first reading of the historic Fair Pay Agreements (FPA) Bill – which will bring together employers and unions to bargain for minimum standards across industries and occupations – took place in Parliament last month.

The news comes in the wake of rocketing housing, food, and power costs, at a time when many New Zealanders haven’t had a pay rise in years.

In essential industries like hospitality, transport, and early education, being paid the minimum wage – or close to it – is the norm.

Workers are burnt out, undervalued and underpaid. But if we speak up, we can change things for the better.


FPAs could change the game by requiring employers to negotiate better pay and conditions if at least 10 per cent of their workforce or 1,000 staff agree to it.

This will ensure people are paid fairly by setting minimum rates employers must comply with.

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