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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 do no not meet the requirements of the 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.

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 in the same shift pattern for years.

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.

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Email: louisa.jones@firstunion.org.nz

Phone: (Louisa) 027 548 7004

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Phone: (Jared) 021 617 131

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Phone: 0800 TO FIRST (0800 863 477)

Office: 120 Church Street, Onehunga, Auckland

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