“We recently announced as part of Budget 2018 the establishment of the Tripartite Future of Work Forum. This brings together the three key partners in the economy – government, business and workers – to try to improve the use of technology, create more productive workplaces, and improve the skills and training of our workers.

This type of collaboration is common in places like Germany, where labour productivity is higher than in New Zealand. I have seen it working as an effective tool to make efficiency gains for large companies such as Air New Zealand. Its High Performance Engagement model saw unions invited to participate in decision-making, integrating workers’ shop-floor knowledge into day-to-day decision making.

This collaborative approach will be critical to ensuring we adapt effectively to any changes in technology or processes that our businesses and workers rely on.”

Hon. Grant Robertson


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