2019 ER Strategy & Negotiators Toolkit

A hard-hitting economic and socio/political trend analysis. We talk with the top union leaders and analyse the issues which are likely to influence private & public sector union negotiations in 2019.

The Coalition Labour government has made many changes to employment laws and processes which have invigorated union activity. 2018 was the year of recalibration for unions and many employers were outraged by their actions and behaviour. 2019 is set to be more demanding for managers with ER activities becoming centre-stage. Negotiations are likely to be protracted with increased strike activity.

Global uncertainty and a predicted general economic slowdown are making employers in NZ cautious while unions are seeking better wages and working conditions. These conflicting priorities are the major cause for the causes of the growing negotiating tension.

Business owners, managers and HR professionals who are involved with employee and union matters and agreement negotiations should view this strategy and information session as essential preparation and planning for 2019.


This workshop is a morning session running from 9:00 -12:00

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Novotel & ibis Tainui, 7 Alma Street, Hamilton


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We cover the following (and more!):

  • The new minimum wage rates require employers to apply a remuneration strategy covering all employees. What must this include?
  • What are the employees and union wage expectations for 2019?
  • A review of the new and updated employment legislation and how this will impact bargaining
  • Unions will continue to expose “bad” employers use of casuals, migrants and temporary labour in transport, retail, hospitality, fishing, fast-food and agriculture sectors. How will this play out?
  • Fair Pay Agreements across industries remains a union priority. How have they redirected their activities and how do we see this playing out?
  • Expect more industrial action in 2019. A new approach, tactics and strategies is required by employers. What should this look like?
  • Negotiating Collective Agreements will take longer and be more complex. To be successful employers require new thinking and planning. What does this entail?
  • We have spoken with the major unions. What are their priorities & focus for 2019?


    How can organizations offset the sharp increase in labour and operating costs?

Session Programme

  • 9:00 to 9:30 - Economic & Socio-Political pressure points for employers in NZ
  • 9:30 to 10:30 - Summary of ER Process & Legislation Changes, Focus on Labor hire/Temps and Impact of FPAS
  • 10:30 to 10:50 - Tea Break
  • 10:50 to 11:30 - The impact of the new min wage regime and an overview of bargaining, mediation & strike triggers 
  • 11:30 to 12:00 -  Union campaigns and objectives for 2019


  • Anna Holmes
  • Andrea Dunseath
  • Fred Adelhelm

2019 ER Strategy & Negotiators Toolkit
Hamilton Novotel & ibis Tainui, 7 Alma Street, Hamilton
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Location & Date
Hamilton - March 26 2019
NZ$295.00* - One Attendee
NZ$195.00* - Second Attendee (from the same organisation)

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