Speech to the Productivity hub on The Future of Work: Adaptability, Resilience, and Inclusion

“It is my strong belief that the most critical element to New Zealand succeeding in the Future of Work is a renewed social partnership between businesses, workers and the government.  

In the course of our Commission we saw examples in both large and small businesses of innovative approaches to this idea.  

Air New Zealand’s “High Performance Engagement” model is one useful example.  By involving workers in the full range of strategic decisions and change processes, Air New Zealand has not only seen significant productivity benefits, they have created far more harmonious workplace relations.  

In a number of the new smaller technology businesses we have seen flat management structures and workplace democracy in action that is core to the way they run their businesses. 

These companies give a significant voice to their employees, and have seen productivity growth and improved workplace relations as a result. We are working with MBIE and others to facilitate these approaches across a range of industries.”

Hon. Grant Robertson

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/speech/speech-productivity-hub-future-work-adaptability-resilience-and-inclusion

Speech to The Waikato Business Summit

“It will come as no surprise to any of you that a party called ‘Labour’ will always look to ensure that there are fair and reasonable rules around workplace relations. This is not just born of this being in our DNA, it is also part of creating a more productive economy.

We can look at workplaces like Air New Zealand and Fonterra, which have adopted high-performance engagement policies that give a significant voice to their employees, and have seen productivity growth and more harmonious workplace relations as a result. We are working with MBIE and others to facilitate these approaches across a range of industries.

We want to adopt this kind of cooperative approach on other issues, including the minimum wage, trial periods and changes to bargaining rules.”

Hon. Grant Robertson

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/speech/speech-waikato-business-summit