21 Oct 2005

Unions pleased by labour commitments in Pacific Plan

10:34 am on 21 October 2005

A trade union educator in the Pacific says there are several elements in the Pacific Plan for greater regional cooperation that please the trade union movement.

Mike Ingpen of the South Pacific and Oceanic Council of Trade Unions criticises the lack of consultation over the Plan.

He says the feedback he's getting from affiliates is a sense of the Plan being imposed from above.

But he welcomes the commitment to look at labour legislation in the region and says it's good to see the commitment to the Core Labour Standards.

"These workers need to have the protection of a decent collective agreement, they need to have the same sorts of conditions, terms and conditions of employment as those if these people were coming to New Zealand or Australia. They need to have the same sorts of terms and conditions of employment."