23 Aug 2016

Pacific and NZ unions left out of Pacific labour meeting

From , 3:04 pm on 23 August 2016

Regional trade unions have raised concerns about the lack of representation of workers at the inaugural Pacific Labour meeting which takes place this week in Christchurch.

The meetings on Pacific labour mobility are scheduled to take place ahead of a ministerial meeting of the PACER Plus trade negotiations later in the week.

But both the New Zealand and Australian Council of Trade Unions (NZCTU) as well as the South Pacific Council of Trade Unions have voiced their concerns at not being allowed to participate in the meeting.

NZCTU secretary Sam Huggard says it is not possible to achieve a good outcome for Pacific workers without the voices of these workers at the table.

He spoke with Koroi Hawkins