Equal Employment Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue says the intent of the Employment Standards Bill being introduced to parliament soon is welcome and a sign the Government is aware of the unfairness to employees of zero-hour contracts.
“The indication is that the intent of the new legislation is to bring fairness back into this type of casual employment by prohibiting unfair practices,” Dr Blue said.
The right to work, and just and favourable conditions of work, is a human right. Work plays a central role in quality of life, provides people with a livelihood to support themselves and their families.
“I am encouraged that the Minister has pointed out the need for a better employment relations framework and states that zero-hours aren’t it,” she says.
“Work is also a source of personal dignity, family stability, community wellbeing and economic growth. This is why it’s important that there is no tolerance for unfair employment practices in New Zealand.
“The Bill is a useful first step and good starting point for a more in-depth discussion on workplace fairness that will only be strengthened through the public submission and select committee process,” Dr Blue said.