“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


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