Academic journal article New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations (Online)

Employment Relations and the 2017 General Election

Academic journal article New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations (Online)

Employment Relations and the 2017 General Election

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It has been a long tradition that this Journal presents an overview of the political parties' employment relations policies when there is a general election. This issue contains two articles where the first article discusses the employment relations policies of the National Party and the Labour Party and the second article overviews the minor parties' policies participating in this election: ACT Party, Green Party, Maori, NZ First, Mana Party, The Opportunities Party (TOP). Both articles highlight that this has been a rather unusual election campaign with a new Prime Minister (after PM John Key's resignation in December 2016), and, over the last month, a new leader of the Labour Party, a leadership change in the Green Party and United Future not contesting the election.

At the time of writing (end of August), it also promises to be an interesting campaign where the final shape of the government will probably be decided by post-election negotiations. This implies that the future employment relations policies can be influenced by the minor parties and there are clearly considerable policy differences amongst those parties. As Skilling and Molineaux highlights, the influence of minor parties will also be determined by outcomes in the Maori seats, the relative size of NZ First and the Green Party and whether any of the minor parties has a 'king-maker' role. …

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