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The Government has taken another step towards fulfilling its pre-election promise to lift incomes and improve working conditions of everyday Kiwis.
The Fair Pay Agreements Bill was introduced to Parliament yesterday and is expected to pass into law later this year.
Under the bill, employees will be able to force their employers to negotiate working conditions and pay if at least 10% of their workforce or 1000 staff agree to it.
Objectors believe the legislation will only drive up costs for businesses and it's the type of legislation we would've expected to see in the 70s and 80s.
In favour of Fair Pay Agreements is the early childhood sector - they believe FPAs will help retain more teachers.
The Council of Trade Unions' say Fair Pay Agreements would put New Zealand on par with the rest of the world.
CTU President Richard Wagstaff says Australia's modern awards system has been in operation for years - and its wages outstrip New Zealand's.
Richard Wagstaff and Business New Zealand Chief Executive Kirk Hope joined Kerre McIvor.