Published: Monday 30 May 2022

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Is this fair to business?

The Fair Pay Agreements Bill has passed its first reading in Parliament, due to Labour using its majority in the House to ensure this passes. Labour attempted to enact this Bill in its last term but it was blocked by NZ First. 

Chambers across New Zealand oppose it, because a one size fits all approach fails to recognise and reward productivity skills in the workplace and a business environment. Moreover, the Government is being insensitive to the inordinate stresses small businesses face due to more than two years of Covid-19  and the recent increase of the adult minimum wage to $21.20.  

Business owners agree that workers deserve equitable pay and the very best working conditions. However, many businesses are struggling for survival so imposing mandatory conditions on them that come out of union and sector bargaining, is not the solution.

Submissions to the Select Committee have now closed, and even though there have been many submissions made opposing this controversial legislation, unfortunately the Fair Pay Agreements Bill is certain to become law.  

Despite this feeling of inevitability, rest assured that the Chamber is continuing to represent the realities and challenges confronting small and medium businesses.

Last Friday the Chamber organised a lunch with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Hon. Grant Robertson with many businesses represented. The Post-Budget presentation was followed by a lengthy Q & A session.

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Upcoming Events

Please note that attendee numbers may be limited and RSVPs are essential.

  • Zoom Webinars – Striving and Thriving Post Covid-19 and Beyond - presented by Dr Tom Mulholland. These complimentary sessions are on Wednesday 1 June from 8.00am-9.00am and Wednesday 8 June from 12.00pm-1.00pm. Register on our website to receive the Zoom link
  • June Business Connections is on Tuesday 7 June from 5.15pm-7.00pm and is being hosted by TSB Topec at its facility on Hydro Rd at Burgess Park
  • The Supreme WITT Top Shop winner and Category winners will be announced at a sold-out Awards Evening on Saturday 11 June
  • Network of Trades will be hosted by Torpedo7 at The Valley on Tuesday 14 June from 5.15pm-7.00pm


  • Get Business Smart: Optimising Sales and Your Time – Tuesday 7 June 12.30pm-1.30pm
  • Te Reo Māori for Business – Five week course starts Friday 10 June 12.00pm-1.00pm
  • Speaking & Presenting with Confidence – Series of three workshops – Monday 13, 20 and 27 June 11.00am-1.00pm
  • Microsoft Excel: Dashboards – Wednesday 15 June 11.30am-1.30pm
  • Blanchard – Leading People Through Change – Wednesday 29 June 9.00am-4.30pm
  • Treaty of Waitangi 101 – Thursday 7 July 8.30am-3.00pm

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