A plan for the future

Everyone knows that the world of work is changing. Technology is developing at a pace faster than ever before, and many of the jobs and roles we know today simply won’t exist in a decade.

At the same time, technology is also making it easier than ever to start a business and connect with people all over the world. There is enormous opportunity, but also significant risk, that this change could lead to higher unemployment, greater insecurity and inequality.

It was with this in mind that the Labour Party launched the Future of Work Commission in 2014. For two years, we’ve been getting out and listening to New Zealanders about their hopes and fears. And today we are releasing our report with more than 60 recommendations on how we can confidently face the changing world and ensure decent, secure and well-paid work.

This does not mean that we can predict the future. Rather, it’s about preparing ourselves to be resilient and adaptable as times change. We don’t want to be the passive recipients of this change; we want to shape the future in accordance with our values. Decent wages, respect, dignity and safety at work — wherever that is undertaken.

The core recommendations in our report are to support training and education throughout life. That is why we are proposing three years free post-secondary school training and education. It is also why we will have professional career guidance and planning for every student. We also believe that every worker who loses their job as a result of technological change and disruption should be supported to retrain. We need a just transition — no one should be left behind.

We also need to be ready to take the opportunities that are offered for people to take control of their own economic destiny. The era of ‘trickle down economics’ is over. We are proposing that we focus on building wealth from the ground up. We are recommending more support for entrepreneurs, stronger collective bargaining, digital equality and investing in our regions and in research and development.

If we retain the values that have guided us for one hundred years, we can make the policy choices for the 21st century to invest in people, and we will rise to the challenge to give New Zealanders security and opportunity in the future of work.

Read the full report here.


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  • commented 2017-10-12 02:23:50 +1300
    very good, I love it! we have to think of a good future. Congratulations on the beautiful tips, what matters is to be happy. #nice #good https://www.montarproprionegocio.com.br/curso-de-manutencao-de-celular/
  • commented 2017-03-17 21:47:00 +1300
    I don’t want to live in a world cluttered with ‘boys’ toys’, a world fashioned by the big corporations dictating what we must adjust to.
    Where are we discussing it?
    I would have imagined that such a discussion would belong when looking at the future of work, but I cant see any mention of it at all.
  • commented 2017-01-17 11:19:50 +1300
    I did not assiduously search for the word “Labour” but I kept an eye out for it in the reasonable certainty that it is redundant. I think the following extract is telling.

    “As the nature of work changes, it is time to reconsider what work is. We received many submissions that
    highlighted the role played by informal and unpaid workers. In the future, these occupations will increase
    in importance, and we need to be recognise their place in our society and economy.
    Economic participation through paid work is favoured over other forms of participation such as parenting,
    caregiving, and voluntary work. Yet, alongside the shift away from permanent employment, there has also
    been a shift to greater numbers undertaking unpaid work and internships. People need to be recognised for
    the work they do for their community and those in unpaid work need to be safeguarded from exploitation.
    Informal work is not only necessary to our economy and society, it is an opportunity for people to gain the
    skills and experience they need to participate in the paid workforce. We must value volunteers by making
    sure that voluntary work creates opportunities and is not simply a source of free labour.
    In 2013, volunteer labour contributed $3.5 billion to GDP, and NGOs contributed $6 billion, bringing the total
    to $9.4 billion, or 4.4% of New Zealand’s GDP. While the number of volunteers increased between 2004
    and 2013 from one million to 1.2 million, volunteers were contributing fewer hours.44 This aligns with the time
    constraints faced by New Zealanders, including working longer hours, juggling multiple jobs, and was the nature of work changes, it is time to reconsider what work is. "

    Should the savings made by robots (machines) be paid to those whose paid employment is terminated by robots? So if a bank sheds 500 bank tellers by introducing desktop computer electronic transaction banking a healthy proportion of the saving in employment costs (wages, personnel management and office space and payroll tax) should be collected by the state as a “redundancy saving” and used to fund unemployment payments.
  • commented 2016-11-07 08:09:34 +1300
    Thank you for giving small business owners like myself a very good reason not to vote for labour. We do not have the facilities to be training staff in a small business (restaurant) and there are facilities in poly techs for training in hospitality in addition to the Restaurant association running Pro Start courses for un employed. The ethnic chefs we employ require 5 years training/experience in our specific cuisine before they can enter on a limited work visa. However Labour expects us to find space in our kitchen for training for years in addition to allocate someone with the time to teach, alternatively you will add just another tax to our burden. Small businesses make a huge contribution to this country. When is labour going to realise this and stop knocking us.