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Unions are doing government's job: Labour

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 2/09/2016

Labour says the latest statistics show only 2.4 per cent of union members don't have a written employment agreement compared with 10.4 per cent of non-union workers.

"Unions are doing a better job of enforcing employment law than the government's own labour inspectors," Iain Lees-Galloway said on Friday.

"The best thing the government can do to stop exploitative employers is to encourage people to join unions."

The Statistics NZ figures show more than 170,000 workers don't have written agreements and the worst offenders are forestry, fishing and farming.

They have a 20 per cent failure rate which Mr Lees-Galloway, Labour's workplace relations spokesman, says isn't surprising.

"One in five workers in those industries has no written employment agreement," he said.

"The work is dangerous, the pay is sub-standard and the labour inspectorate appears to have little influence over rogue employers."

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