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Fair wage agreements take control of this situation by setting conditions that employers in this sector must respect. They create a level playing field, specific and relevant to a particular sector, so that good employers are not penalized by offering reasonable and sectoral wages and conditions. It provides a decent life for workers in this sector. As a country, we benefit because higher wages and productivity will improve economic growth. Richard Wagstaff, president of CTU, said bus drivers were a good example of employment that would benefit from a fair collective agreement. Photo: kzenon/123RF Collective agreements continue where they already exist or where workers can be organized to negotiate new ones. Regional differences can be taken into account in fair pay agreements, as well as career differences in agreements. One of the advantages of fair-pay agreements is to ensure that the regional economy does not suffer from lower wages leading to poorer communities. Mr. Wagstaff said that the Prime Minister had discussed the establishment of a number of fair wage agreements, but that they were stopped because of the coalition and also Covid-19. He said that fair wage agreements were expected and that the need is there. “We can set minimum rates above the minimum wage, and we think it`s an urgent need, bus transportation is a good example, people who compete for it, without a minimum lowering wages – we want to raise them at a fair rate.” Please email us at fairpayagreements@mbie.govt.nz for more information on the Fair Pay Agreements policy process.

The country`s main trade unionist expects fair wage agreements from the government without the presence of New Zealand`s first “handbrake”. The Fair Payment Agreements (VPA) campaign aims to establish a fair and basic employment conditions in a sector based on employment standards in this sector. “It`s a fair goal for workers and servants,” he said. He said the CTU expected the government to move quickly to put in place fair wage agreements. The introduction of fair wage agreements and the exposure of workers to representation and better conditions may provide a launching pad for strengthening union formation and the protection of collective agreements in these sectors. READ ALSO: Labour wants fair pay, but perhaps it has overtaken the 2020 elections – Jacinda Ardern warns unions against radical industrial changes – It`s time for the government to move forward with fair payment agreements, says the head of the Fair Pay Agreements union, supported by the PPTA and other unions, as they are a way to improve our system of labour rights and protection in sectors and sectors where collective agreements have not been successful. Fair pay and conditions for workers make a big difference in the lives of workers, their families and entire communities. A sectoral negotiation process provides vulnerable workers with access to fair bargaining processes. Fair agreements will ensure that all workers receive a fairer share of our economy`s income.

And also over time, because since the 1980s, the share of the labour force in income has declined. More than 10% of the country`s revenues, or more than $20 billion a year, have been transferred from salaries to corporate profits. Fair wage agreements are aimed at industries and workers who have not been able to influence their business conditions through collective bargaining. Fair wage agreements apply to all workers and employers in a given sector, for example to all agricultural workers and their employers. Unions would participate in negotiating fair wage agreements, but the standards would apply to all workers in the sector, whether they are unionized or not. Since we already have a strong collective agreement and union affiliation, there is no need to create a