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The Trends in Employment Agreements and Employment Law Update seminars provide participants with a comprehensive overview of bargaining and case law developments over the last 12 months.
CLEW will present the next series of these annual seminars in July / August 2019 in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington. We are also offering two webinars for those who cannot attend the in-person sessions following the success of our trial in this format in 2018.
Go to the link above for further information. Registrations are now open.
Dealing with gender pay equity is complex and difficult to navigate. But it is an essential programme in all workplaces, particularly those with a large female workforce or those who are keen to attract more females into their organisation.
This workshop will look at the legislative environment for equal pay along with the ‘principles’ that have been established for both equal pay and gender pay equity. Finally, participants will hear from practitioners who have worked within their organisations to address gender pay equity and what tools and approaches they can use in their organisation
Who should attend? - It is ideal for HR and ER specialists and union officials, particularly those dealing with pay equity in their workplace; those dealing with workplace policy and recruitment and retention.
Dates and Venues
Thursday 1 August, 1.30-4.45pm (lunch available from 12.30pm), Rydges Hotel, Featherston St, Wellington.
Tuesday 6 August, 1.30-4.45pm (lunch available from 12.30pm), Rydges Hotel, Federal St, Auckland
Maximum number of registrations for each workshop is 40
There are no seminars scheduled at this time.
Held on 23 May (Presentation available below)
This presentation reflected on the international interest in Denmark, with a special attention to economic and labour market developments. Professor Rasmussen discussed how Danish design, art, film and the famous concept of ‘hygge’ have caught the attention of the international media and trend spotters. Likewise, the prominent scores in many economic, social and well-being statistics have increased international interest in unlocking the ‘secrets’ of this apparently very successful country.
Professor Rasmussen showed that not only is Denmark well placed in international statistics, but the Danish economy has had a great run since the late 1970s when it – like New Zealand – was reeling from international contextual changes. The so-called ‘Danish Model’ has been lauded by international organisations (OECD, EU and ILO) for its dynamic and flexible adjustments towards a knowledge economy. It is also associated with a ‘Danish Model’ of employment relations and Professor Rasmussen highlighted some of the hallmarks of this employment relations approach. In particular, he talked about the importance of ‘flexicurity’, collaborations between employer associations and unions, employee participation structures and extensive retraining/upskilling measures.
Held on 17 May (Presentation available below)
How are close personal relationships experienced by people in deeply meaningful work? Drawing upon in‐depth interview data with 82 international aid workers, Professor Oelberger will share three distinct contributions from her research. First, she finds that people who experience their work as deeply meaningful participate more willingly in overwork and erratic work, which gives rise to time‐ and trust‐based conflict in their relationships. She suggests that this happens because their work-relationship boundaries are inhibited by a strong devotion to work. Second, she finds that people with high work devotion often also experience emotional distance in their personal relationships when their close others don’t value their work. This disconnection‐based conflict compounds the time‐ and trust‐based conflict and engenders an emotionally agonizing situation, which she calls work‐relationship turmoil. Third, when close others do value their partner’s work it fosters an emotional connection and offers an avenue for work‐relationship enrichment. The findings draw upon a context of deeply meaningful work to detail the multi‐faceted work‐relationship experience among those with high work devotion.
Held on 7 May (note that there were no ppt presentations for this seminar)
There has been a lot of discussion on the future of work in relation to the digital transformation but what of the impact of climate change on work? Climate change and policies to alleviate it are set to have major impacts on all industries and hence the economy. But some areas will be more impacted than others and hence some parts of the population whether it be the type of work they do or where they live. So how do we ensure that the burden of the changes to a low carbon/low emissions economy is shared evenly across our population? How do we ensure a Just Transition to our future?
Samantha (Sam) Smith visted New Zealand to present at the 'Just Transition Summit' held in New Plymouth. In her presentation Sam discussed examples of Just Transition so far, primarily from Europe and North America. She will focused on three questions: What about workers; what about communities; and what about the “hard” sectors, that are central to local economies?
Following on from Sam’s presentation, a panel of experts in this area will discuss the topic further from a range of perspectives.
Robyn Henderson, Manager in the Economic Development and Transitions Branch, MBIE
Jonathan Boston, Professor in the School of Government, Victoria University Wellington
Patrick McVeigh, Lead – People and Places, MartinJenkins
Sam Huggard, Secretary, NZ Council of Trade Unions
Held on Friday 29 March
Unions around the world have had declining membership over the last 30 years. But there are signs that this may be turning around as new campaigns and recruitment strategies have been developed. But is the relative ageing of the trade union membership inevitable? How do young people connect with and join unions especially when they are in ‘precarious’ ‘non-standard’ work arrangements?
In his roles as National Organiser Carl is leading the TUC’s work on organising and recruitment. This work includes responsibility for the development and content of the TUC Organising Academy, providing support to unions on union organising strategies and running the TUC’s Leading Change Programme for senior union officers. Most recently, Carl has been working on the TUC’s ‘Reaching Out to Britain’s Young Core Workers’ project which is developing new ways of organising young workers.
Carl Roper is in New Zealand at the invitation of the NZ Council of Trade Unions who have supported CLEW in the presentation of this seminar.
HELD: Tuesday 19 March
A European perspective on industrial/employment relations systems – what can they achieve and how do they work.
The NZ Industrial/Employment Relations systems – how well are they working and how will Fair Pay agreements fit with current systems.
John Ryall, Assistant Secretary, E tῡ
Paul Mackay, Manager Employment Relations Policy, Business NZ
Steph Dhyrberg, Partner, Dhyrberg Drayton Employment Law
Professor Jim Arrowsmith, Co-director, MPOWER, Massey University
Held Tuesday, 24 April 2018, Rutherford House, Victoria University of Wellington.
At this event organised jointly between CLEW and the Productivity Commission, speakers outlined recent research on the how the share of national income going to labour has changed in New Zealand. The excellent and informative presentations were followed by a discussion with the more than 100 people from across the Wellington's research and policy network combined with academics and trade union officials.
The presentations from our three speakers can be downloaded below.
Huon Fraser, New Zealand Productivity Commission
Dr Bill Rosenberg, New Zealand Council of Trade Unions
Paul Conway, New Zealand Productivity Commission
Held Thursday 1 March 2018, Rutherford House, Victoria University of Wellington
This seminar was based on the book edited by Gordon Anderson Transforming Workplace Relations in New Zealand 1976-2016 (Victoria University Press, Wellington, 2017). In this book a wide range of academic commentators reflect on the revolution in labour relations and speculate on the future of work relationships in a world again being challenged by newly evolving forms of work and employment.
Held 19 February 2018, Rutherford House, Victoria University of Wellington
The seminar explored recent NZ, and progressive approaches in Europe in dealing with negative workplace behaviours.
Andrea Fromm, from the policy and research team at the NZ Public Service Association (PSA), summarised the findings of the Eurofound (The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions) report from 2015 entitled ‘Violence and harassment in European workplaces: Extent, impacts and policies’.
Dr Geoff Plimmer and Hamish Crimp discussed the interventions to address workplace bullying,focusing in particular on the public sector responses. Their discussion was based on research lead by Geoff, in partnership with the PSA, on 'Workplace dynamics in the New Zealand public service' and Hamish's masters thesis 'Insights into Effective Interventions for the Prevention and Management of Workplace Bullying in the New Zealand Public Service'.
Held 21 April 2017, Rutherford House, Victoria University of Wellington
The issues for Pay Equity raised in the ‘Terranova’ case and the subsequent Working Group considerations and report have highlighted the issues around equal pay and pay equity. Recently published research has also shown the extent of the issue in New Zealand. This seminar explored the the Working Group's report and its aftermath, through the research and what programmes and policies might be required in workplaces to address the issues.
Presentations from the seminar are only available to attendees. A report was published in the June 2017 edition of CLEW'd IN and is attached below.