NZ Labour Letter August 2016
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E Tū charged the use of so-called “arms-length” employment is growing and labour-hire companies are exploiting workers. E Tū union organiser Shopan Dasgupta warned that many companies keep low-paid workers on insecure or sham contracts with few benefits. Some workers have even been forced to pay their own ACC levies. Dasgupta said labour-hire companies have gone from providing genuine temporary jobs to abandoning their responsibilities to offer “fair, safe and secure work.” He pledged the union would prove to companies that the workers were actually employees. "(the companies) cannot fob them off as and when you wish," he said. The challenge of monitoring workers under long-term casual contracts is a serious national issue. Last October, First Union, which represents 27,000 workers, called on Employment Relations Minister Michael Woodhouse to conduct an industry-wide investigation of labour-hire companies. Labour Party workplace relations and safety spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway also supports an inquiry in New Zealand’s contract employment.
Driver Kamlesh Prasad and E Tū union organiser Shopan Dasgupta claim labour-hire companies are cutting costs at workers' expense.