We are calling on the government to close the triangular trap that allows for exploitation of labour-hire workers. Labour-hire firms are recruiting workers from school, Work and Income and off the street onto contracts that circumvent New Zealand’s employment law. These workers are then sent to work in dangerous industries for low pay and no security of hours. Labour-hire companies and the firms that use them rely on on the nature of triangular arrangements to avoid their responsibilities as employers.
People stuck in triangular employment often don’t know whether they’re working tomorrow, or next week, or next month. There’s no security. Giving Labour-hire workers equal rights through an amendment to the Employment Relations Act could help lift thousands of families out of poverty and insecurity.
For example, thousands of workers in distribution centres across New Zealand are on zero hour contracts with low wages and no security of hours. These workers are doing real work, in safety sensitive areas, operating heavy machinery and often not even aware who their employer is. Highly profitable companies like Foodstuffs, The Warehouse and Kmart use these triangular arrangements to avoid employment and pay their staff less than they would otherwise be legally required to.
Labour-hire workers are often dismissed or disadvantaged without any procedure or without even being given a reason. Workers are treated as casual despite some working years and even decades in the same shift pattern for the same company.
We are demanding an end to labour-hire firms colluding with big business to circumvent their legal obligations as employers.
If you have been in a third-party employment arrangement in the last two years we would like to hear from you!
Please support our fight to win Real Jobs for New Zealand workers.
Phone: (Louisa) 027 548 7004 Phone: (Jared) 021 617 131 Phone: 0800 TO FIRST (0800 863 477) Office: 120 Church Street, Onehunga, Auckland Post: Private Bag 92904, Onehunga Auckland
Phone: (Louisa) 027 548 7004
Phone: (Jared) 021 617 131
Phone: 0800 TO FIRST (0800 863 477)
Office: 120 Church Street, Onehunga, Auckland
Post: Private Bag 92904, Onehunga Auckland