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Lessons From New Zealand’s New Sectoral Bargaining Law

Lessons From New Zealand’s New Sectoral Bargaining Law

Unions and policymakers in New Zealand are seeking a solution to address stagnant wages, rising economic inequality, and low productivity after the failures of worksite-only bargaining—and the United States can learn from their efforts.

In December 2022, New Zealand will initiate an innovative sectoral bargaining policy, called the Fair Pay Agreements Bill, that may serve as a model for pro-labor advocates in the United States. The policy details of the new agreements are valuable—but most importantly, New Zealand’s experiences and actions highlight the need to incorporate sectoral bargaining in any policy to improve working conditions.

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David Madland

Senior Fellow; Senior Adviser, American Worker Project


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