Insight

Sunday 16 November 2014, with Philippa Tolley

Brett Patterson Burger King HamiltonHamilton Fast food worker, Brett Patterson      (RNZ / Andrew McRae)

The Government has introduced new labour laws that strengthen the hand of employers, despite New Zealand having some of the most flexible employment rules in the developed world.

Employers say the bargaining process has become unnecessarily protracted and costly.

They say the changes are modest and allow firms to get the workplace arrangements they need to compete.

Unions argue it will drive down wages and erode workers rights, including guaranteed hours of work.

Radio New Zealand's Economic Correspondent, Patrick O'Meara, considers the changes, and whether workers will pay the price as firms battle to survive in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

Coming Up on Insight

8:12 am Sunday 23 November: Insight: Cyberwarfare and New Zealand

wiresThe world is in the age of cyberwarfare. Nations are striking one another with digital weapons, corporations hack competitors for secrets while criminals steal data and hold it for ransom.

The GCSB says the number of reported cyber attacks is soaring each year as technology makes it easier and cheaper to launch attacks - while the cost of defence keeps growing.

Authorities say New Zealand is well defended with the likes of Project CORTEX screening critical computer systems.

But security experts say a lack of funding and lax attitudes towards IT security have left government networks vulnerable to attack.

Radio New Zealand reporter, William Ray, examines global trends in cyberwarfare and what they mean for the people and government of New Zealand.

(Photo RNZ / William Ray)

 

8:12 am Sunday 30 November: Insight: The State of Social Housing

boarded up housing harzard grve cannons creekIs the National-led government's desire to step away from state housing just ideological, or will it work and give the thousands of people on housing waiting lists a place to call home?

As the government moves to sell off more than twenty thousand state houses, many church groups and Iwi say they are keen to take them on.

But they want the properties at a discount and they don't want to lumped with the dumps.

Radio New Zealand's Housing reporter, Teresa Cowie looks at the future of state housing and whether charities and private companies could do a better job.

Photo: State housing Cannons Creek, Porirua  (RNZ / Teresa Cowie)