A contract cleaning organisation is investing its own hard earned dollars in high profile lobbying on behalf of its industry. New Zealand based Crest Clean has launched of a ‘tongue-in-cheek campaign featuring a cartoon of a Minister on a question mark’, which poses a serious question about the lack of a decision on Part 6A of the Employment Relations Act that came under fire after a ruling by the Christchurch Employment Court in the matter of Doran vs Crest Commercial Clean Limited.
“We’ve endeavoured to raise our industry’s concerns about Part 6A with the Government, but concerns affecting employers and employees seem to have fallen on deaf ears,” said Grant McLauchlan, managing director of Crest Commercial Cleaning.
“Part 6A forces companies to accept the transfer of employees on unknown terms and conditions and at the same time be liable for a penalty for employing them without being given written and signed copies of their agreements; this is plainly wrong,” stated McLauchlan.
Crest Clean, and other companies in the $1 billion commercial cleaning industry have been stonewalled by the Department of Labour and the Minister of Labour Kate Wilkinson as they seek answers to when the Minister will make a decision on a Report on Part 6A, states the press release.
“What we would like to see is the Minister make a decision on a Report that’s been sitting on her desk all year. Meanwhile, companies face costly court cases and employees are no less vulnerable than they were before National took office.”
“Why can’t Kate Wilkinson make a decision on Part 6A?” asked McLauchlan, “if she can’t then maybe she should resign from the portfolio and give it to someone who can make a decision.”