While the Pike River mining disaster was unfolding the National Government passed new laws to curb workers’ rights.
International mining experts say that the mass deaths in Pike River should not have happened in a modern mine in a developed country. Perhaps they were unaware of the marginalised status of unions in New Zealand? The new laws are designed to keep unions even more sidelined.
The Employment Relations Amendment Bill (No 2) and Holiday Amendment Bill make the following changes from April 2011: Read the rest of this entry »