After more than ten years a private members bill to stop the exploitation of temporary workers will be introduced to Parliament.
The Employment Relations (Triangular Employment) Amendment Bill would allow people employed by a labour-hire company to take a personal grievance against the secondary employer they are subcontracted out to.
It would also grant those workers the ability to join a collective agreement if one was available.
The bill has its genesis in 2007 when former Labour MP Darien Fenton travelled to the UK on a parliamentary junket for first-termers.
While there, she caught up with a counterpart in the British government who mentioned he was grappling with a growing problem of exploited workers employed by labour-hire firms.
After returning to New Zealand, Fenton began talking to unions and employees and realised some were heading to the workplace with no rights at all.
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