Employment contract issues in New Zealand
Lead NCPNew Zealand
Supporting NCP(s)Australia, Germany
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by a trade union regarding the activities of an Australian multinational enterprise operating in New Zealand.
Theme(s)Consumer interests, Employment and industrial relations, General policies, Taxation
Date3 Sep 2009
Host country(ies)New Zealand
SourceTrade Union
Industry sectorOther service activities
StatusNot accepted

In September 2009, the NZ NCP received a request for review from a national trade union alleging that an Australian multinational enterprise, which was part owned by a German company, had breached the consumer interests, employment and industrial relations, general policies, and taxation provisions of the Guidelines. The allegations concerned employment of contractors as opposed to employees in New Zealand.

The NZ NCP undertook an initial assessment, in consultation with the Australian and German NCPs.  The NCP concluded that the issues raised in the specific instance did not merit further examination, and decided not to proceed further. The NZ NCP however encouraged the parties to meet to discuss differences in their understanding of the circumstances giving rise to the problems.