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Call for stronger approach to labour laws

Friday 5 May 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Economy, National

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Call for stronger approach to labour laws
Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce chief executive Rebecca Tavioni is cautious about the upcoming Budget. PHOTO: SUPPLIED/22030805

Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce is calling on the government to strengthen its labour laws amid concerns about the potential for worker and employer exploitation.

Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce is calling on the government to strengthen its labour laws amid concerns about the potential for worker and employer exploitation.


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Te Tuhi Kelly on 05/05/2023

This is being published by CINEWS as if it was the newest and best thing since sliced bread. The reality is that I have been advocating these changes for over a decade in my posts. Chamber needs to up their game with their members and also to appeal to those locals who are not members. Immigration is treading water and INTAFF is hamstrung. The Unions here are impotent they offer very little help and support to their members, they take fees by false pretenses and offer no training, no workshops and are hopeless when it comes to dealing with employment related issues of their members. The legal fraternity need a wrack up as their fees are way too high and the advice lacks teeth and I speak from experience. It is no use increasing legalising compliance against business, there needs to be flexibility around labour mobility, otherwise businesses are going to support their staff in rorting the system through shared services with each other directly or indirectly. There are innovative ways of dealing with labour shortages and one needs to talk to those businesses who are affected by silly statements regarding increasing legal compliance. That is not the only resort, all it takes is thinking outside the square rather than protectionism. In addition there are people here with the requisite skills and experience but they never get past the short listing stage because of bias, perception and fear. I know this from experience.