AUTHORISED BY JOHN RYALL, SERVICE AND FOOD WORKERS UNION, 35-39 GEORGE STREET, KINGSLAND, AUCKLAND
(from overseas please dial +64 9 375 2680)Contractors bill has good chance of success
Posted On: Monday, 24 September 2007
"The CTU believes that a majority of MPs will be prepared to give positive consideration to supporting a Bill dealing with people doing contract work under the minimum wage, when it comes back before the House," CTU secretary Carol Beaumont said.
A Bill amending the Minimum Wage Act to provide that people doing work under contract for service are paid at a rate at least as favourable to the minimum wage was reported back by a select committee yesterday. The committee was unable to reach a recommendation on the Bill.
"Right now there are people in New Zealand who are economically dependent on the sale of their labour, but who are not defined as employees and who, therefore, find they aren't protected by the minimum wage."
"Most contractors in New Zealand would be remunerated at well above the minimum wage, but this Bill would help certain groups of workers who are being unfairly disadvantaged by contracting relationships, and are being paid below the minimum wage."
"The minimum wage marks a minimum standard in New Zealand that is considered acceptable for anyone being paid for their efforts - that standard deserves to be extended to everyone."
For further information contact Carol Beaumont, Tel: (04) 802-3815 (w), 027-275-7374 or Sam Huggard, CTU Communications, Tel: (04) 802-3817 (w), 027-243-7031
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