Making work better – Fair Pay Agreements

Government figuresout today are consistent with what working people have told the Council ofTrade Unions in our own survey, that a significant group of working Kiwis areunhappy and dissatisfied at work. Now the Government must act to makemeaningful change.

“Having good jobs is fundamental topeoples wellbeing,” said Council of Trade Unions Policy Director Dr BillRosenberg. “The Government’s own figures show that over 100,000 NewZealanders are not satisfied at work.”

“We know that some of the main ways thatwork leads to dissatisfaction are, a lack of work life balance, security ofwork, lack of control over your work, poor workplace relationships, and highlevels of work related stress. Our own survey showed that people are concernedabout workload, access to training/professional development, and hours of work(for some too many and for others too few). We know that most of these areas ofdissatisfaction could be addressed by the Government implementing Fair PayAgreements.”

“Fair Pay Agreements are a criticalcomponent of this Government improving the wellbeing of people in New Zealandwho are being short-changed for their work, starting in supermarkets, securityand the cleaning industry as soon as possible.”

“Fair Pay Agreements have the potential tomake work, and therefore life, much better. We know this Government caresdeeply about the wellbeing of New Zealanders and ensuring that more Kiwis arehappy in their work will improve lives, Fair Pay Agreements are a way thisGovernment can improve life for all working Kiwis,” Rosenberg said.

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