Fair Pay Agreements in a nutshell
Fair Pay Agreements are a way of deciding what’s a fair way to treat working people in a particular industry. They cover things like pay, hours, leave and health and safety.
FPAs are a new part of New Zealand’s employment law. They set minimum standards of employment for everyone in a particular industry.
That means, for example, that nobody in that industry can be paid less than the rate agreed. It’s like the minimum wage, but for a specific industry. This will be negotiated by unions and employers in that industry.
Fair Pay Agreements are also about lifting pay and conditions in industries that are often low-paying.