Kia Ora Jacinda,
Please help stop exploitation.
Thousands of workers are bullied, sacked, underpaid or exploited every day. As a group of volunteers, we do our best to help these workers.
Unfortunately, we are coming across an increasing number of employers who are deliberately exploiting and bullying vulnerable employees. Many victims are too scared to even ask for their minimum rights and protections.
Our employment legal system is broken. When victims do decide to stand up, the lengthy delays and high costs prevent them from getting justice through the legal process.
Guilty abusers are allowed to pay a fraction of what they owe. They get full and permanent confidentiality, and are free to repeat their abusive behaviour. This has led to the rapid spread of exploitation and bullying in our workplaces.
We have a very simple plan to stop it.
These three law changes will end exploitation and abuse at work overnight.
1. Any employer exploiting vulnerable workers, including migrant workers, shall be referred to the criminal courts.
👉 If exploiters know they could go to prison, they will stop their abusive behaviour.
2. If an owner sells or closes their business to avoid justice, the employer shall be held personally liable for any money owed to a victim. Currently many employers who exploit ‘sell’ their business to an associate before their case is heard.
👉 Cases must no longer be automatically dismissed on these grounds.
3. Any worker’s claim of under $20,000 must be held within one month. A mediator shall decide the matter and any compensation is to be paid within 14 days. More expensive or severe cases shall be decided within 3 months.
👉 Currently, victims regularly wait for more than a year just to get their case heard.
With your help, we can stop criminal exploitation by employers in our country.
UTU JUSTICE FOR WORKERS CAMPAIGN
Why is this important?
We want thousands of people to sign this letter. We want to convince the prime minister that many New Zealanders want to her to change the current laws, so victims will get prompt and fair justice. Only then will workplace exploitation and abuse stop.
🔥 Who are we? 🔥
UTU for Workers Union is dedicated to campaigning to stop workplace exploitation and abuse in Aotearoa NZ. We fight for justice.
We provide employment advice and advocacy for any worker in a non-unionised workplace who can’t afford a lawyer.
The campaign is co-ordinated in partnership with the Migrant Workers Association. They provide pastoral and visa support to exploited migrant workers.
Currently our name is One Union, and we are an incorporated society and registered trade union. From May 2021 we will formally be renamed UTU for Workers Union.