Better Protections For Contractors
The Government wants to ensure that all workers in New Zealand have access to decent work with minimum standards and conditions. There are concerns that some contractors are vulnerable to poor outcomes, because they lack both the protections offered to employees by law, and the power to negotiate a better deal.
Consultation is on four groups of possible options for change.
These options aim to:
- ensure that workers receive their minimum rights and entitlements
- reduce the imbalance of bargaining power between firms and contractors who are vulnerable to poor outcomes
- ensure that system settings encourage inclusive economic growth and competition.
HNZ is attending a meeting with MBIE representatives and will provide feedback directly to them for this consultation.
Training New Zealand's Workforce Draft Report
This report examines: why a high-performing education and training system for people in the workforce is important, and how it complements a dynamic economy; the characteristics of the New Zealand workforce, trends in participation, outcomes for learners, and barriers to participation (Chapter 2); and how to make the education and training system more responsive to a dynamic economy.
The Report made a number of recommendations including: the Government should widen access to work-based education and training to all people in the workforce and to volunteers, rather than restricting access based on employment status; The Government should extend funding eligibility to providers for students who do not intend to pursue full qualifications, and remove specifications that limit the provision of short courses; To reduce duplication and improve accountability, the Government should clarify the roles and responsibilities of the various agencies and organisations in the new vocational education system; and the Government should ensure that people legally entitled to work in New Zealand will be eligible for both work-based and provider-based vocational education and training that is connected to their work, regardless of their visa status or length of residency
Vocational Education Reform
The Government have released their Reform of Vocational Education discussion document, which proposes changes to our vocational education system. The document sets out an integrated package of reforms the Government is considering for New Zealand’s vocational education system.
Vocational education can help to ensure that all New Zealanders have the skills, knowledge and capability to adapt and succeed in a world of rapid economic, social and technological change.
Addressing Temporary Migrant Worker Exploitation
This review sought feedback on ten proposals to reduce and respond to exploitation of temporary migrant workers, including international students in New Zealand workplaces.
There are three areas of focus: to prevent migrant worker exploitation, protect exploited migrant workers, and enforce appropriate working conditions and immigration obligations.
Hospitality NZ participated in the research project commissioned by MBIE for this work. Our Legal Adviser and Advocacy Manager interviewed with the researchers and provided views and feedback to this consultation through that mechanism.
We also supported the further comments of the BusinessNZ submission.
Designing a Fair Pay Agreement System
Hospitality NZ was a member of the Fair Pay Agreements Working Group (FPAWG), via our previous CEO, Vicki Lee. Hospitality NZ has therefore already significantly contributed to this consultation through our participation and work on the FPAWG, where our position and views – and those of our members - were articulated and presented.
The employer members, which included Hospitality NZ, of the FPAWG held dissenting views on some aspects of the final report, and made alternative suggestions for some aspects of the recommendations. Our position has not changed, and we continue to stand by our views as expressed during the FPAWG work.
This consultation is now closed. We further worked with BusinessNZ, as we are a member, and submitted in support of their submission.
Employer-Assisted Work Visas and Regional Workforce planning
The proposals primarily impact all skilled and lower-skilled temporary migrant workers and employers of these workers across the six employer-assisted temporary work visa categories: Essential Skills including the Essential Skills in Demand Lists (ESID), Approval In-Principle, Talent (Accredited Employer), Work to Residence – Long-term Skill Shortage List Occupation, Silver Fern (Practical Experience) and Silver Fern (Job Search).
This consultation is now closed. Hospitality NZ has made a submission on this consultation.
Central Otago, Otago & Southland - Charlotte Simpson, Regional Manager
Affordable Employee Accommodation - Community Housing Trust - Central Otago
Central Otago and the Queenstown Lakes District continue to see a decrease in affordable staff accommodation. Glen Christiansen (Branch President) sits on the Central Otago Community Housing Trust and is working on affordable housing solutions.