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Today, on World Refugee Day, we take time to recognise the contribution refugees make to New Zealand, and thank those people, groups and agencies that support our former refugee communities, says Minister of Immigration Iain Lees

Mr President, fellow delegates. I bring you special greetings from New Zealand’s Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, on the centenary of the ILO.

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway will be travelling to Geneva, Switzerland next week to represent the New Zealand Government at this year’s International Labour Conference.

The Government is taking another step to build an inclusive and productive economy by restoring collective bargaining rights for screen sector workers and adopting the model unanimously put forward by the Film Industry Working Group, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway.

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway today announced two new appointments and two re-appointments to Board of WorkSafe New Zealand.

Parliament has today passed legislation enabling the collection of the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) from 1 July 2019. It will also enable digital processing of the New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA), which will be mandatory from 1 October this year.

Women who aren’t paid the same as men for similar jobs will be given the tools to make a pay equity claim as the Wellbeing Budget delivers a practical solution to gender discrimination in the workplace.

Skills shortages lists are now more regionalised so we can build thriving and sustainable regions, says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway who announces the new lists today.

Employment law changes coming into effect today will restore protections for working New Zealanders, strengthen the role of collective bargaining, and promote fair wages and conditions, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway.

Today, on international workers day, we celebrate the contributions of working New Zealanders to building a modern economy and to promoting workplaces that are productive and inclusive, fair and fit for the 21st Century, says Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway.

Ministerial dairy April 2019

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A new land transport rule agreed to by Cabinet aims to help avert thousands of bus services being cancelled and give bus drivers the rest breaks they need to keep passengers safe, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced.

The Government is able to improve the wellbeing of older working New Zealanders and those working overseas with the passing of the Accident Compensation Amendment Bill says the Minister for ACC Iain Lees-Galloway.

Kiwi businesses will save around $100 million over the next two years thanks to reduced ACC Work Account levies that take effect this Monday 1 April, says ACC Minister Iain Lees-Galloway.

Ministerial diary March 2019

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Up to 209,200 New Zealanders will benefit from a pay boost this Monday 1 April, thanks to the Coalition Government’s decision to raise the minimum wage to $17.70, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway.

The Government is seeking feedback on the prospect of New Zealand becoming a party to the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Forced Labour Protocol, Workplace Relations and Safety, and Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway announced today.

In the lead up to International Women’s Day, the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, Hon Iain Lees-Galloway, and the Parliamentary Under-Secretary on Domestic and Sexual Violence, Jan Logie MP, met with business leaders today to talk about the importance of workplace responses to family violence ahead of the Domestic Violence Victims’ Protection Act taking effect on 1 April.

Ministerial diary February 2019

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Today, Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway joined with Whanganui Mayor Hamish McDouall and community groups to announce the city’s selection as a new refugee resettlement location.

One million people have taken the opportunity to apply online for their Student, Work and Visitor Visas – a milestone achievement, says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway.

Ministerial Diary January 2019

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The Government will take time to consider the recommendations of the Fair Pay Agreement Working Group which reported back today, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway.

A $22 million investment by ACC into workplace injury prevention grants and subsidies will help make it easier for Kiwi businesses to keep their workplaces healthy and safe, says ACC Minister Iain Lees-Galloway.