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Government reaffirms commitment to scrap 'Hobbit Law' which saw an end to collective negotiations for film industry workers

The Government has announced plans to collaborate with the film and television industry in a bid to end the so called "Hobbit Law" which saw an end to collective negotiations for workers in the industry.

Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway has met with representatives from across the film sector and says they are working to find "an enduring and positive structure that works for everyone in the sector".

"The film industry, like any business, needs certainty and today this Government has reaffirmed our commitment to New Zealand's vibrant, strong and world-leading film industry.

"Labour and our support parties are determined to provide New Zealand workers a fair go, and we are committed to restoring the right for all New Zealand workers to engage in collective negotiations," Mr Lees-Galloway said.

Contractors working in the film industry have not been able to collectively bargain since National passed a law to stop it seven years ago.

For two months in 2010, movie giant Warner Brothers fought with the unions over whether those working on The Hobbit should be given binding terms and conditions.

Then Prime Minister John Key eventually stepped in and changed the law, making all film workers contractors.

"I will seek to formalise this good start with the establishment of a Film Industry Joint Working Group to develop a durable framework to restore collective bargaining rights for film workers in a way that is fit for purpose for the industry," Mr Lees-Galloway said.


 

1 NEWS has been told contractors working in the film industry will soon be able to collectively bargain again. Source: 1 NEWS