Under the Employment Relations (Film Production Work) Amendment Bill workers employed in film production work will by default be ‘independent contractors’ rather than employees. This will prevent them bargaining collectively as prescribed under the ERA. It also means they can’t legally take strike action as that is outlawed under the ERA except when bargaining for a collective agreement. Film workers will be deemed to be contractors running their own businesses. Read the rest of this entry »
Herald columnist Brian Rudman’s article on the Hobbit dispute is one of the best written on the subject.
He manages to capture every aspect of this dispute - the anti-union stuff, the spoilt brat Jackson, the toadying and grovelling part of the NZ national character, the feudal-like carry-on, and the patronising sexism towards Malcolm and Ward-Lealand.
Also worth checking out is Ian Mune’s interview on Breakfast TV