Govt forces unions to hold secret ballots
Thu, 10 May 2012 5:30a.m.
The Government is welcoming a new law that will force unions to hold secret strike ballots.
The member's bill was drafted by National MP Tau Henare, it isn't government legislation.
Parliament passed it by 61 votes to 60 on Wednesday night against strong opposition from Labour, the Greens and NZ First.
Mr Henare and his supporters argued that open ballots on a show of hands, which are allowed under existing law, run the risk of workers being intimidated into supporting strikes.
Opponents said nearly all unions hold secret ballots anyway and the bill is unwarranted interference with union rights.
Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson says strikes are stressful, workers have different personal circumstances and it's fair that they should cast secret votes.
The law comes into force in a year's time and after that unions have 12 months to amend their rules.
Ms Wilkinson says she expects them to do that "as soon as practicable".
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11/05/2012 8:21:32 p.m.
@ John. Someone HAS to receive the dividends from NZ debt, so why not a New Zealander? And what about Keys policy to be in surplus as soon as possible?? Kinda goes against your argument.. Whereas labour are quite happy to pay foreign debtors hundreds of millions more in srevice, to pay for social welfare and vote buying.
10/05/2012 3:54:00 p.m.
Mr Key, has links with Bank of America and he received dividends from NZ debt. the reason the media do nothing is because hes listed the hidden trust account on the Register of Pecuniary Interest at Parliament. this can be found on the Parliament website.
10/05/2012 2:26:24 p.m.
why would you not hold a secret ballot. people have the right to vote, without being intimidated.
10/05/2012 11:43:07 a.m.
Why is this not a good thing? We vote for a govt in secret why not this?
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