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Unions Threaten `Name And Shame' Campaign

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Wellington, March 1 NZPA - Unions are planning to "name and shame" firms that exploit workers under the new 90-day probation law, Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly said tonight.

"Any small business that uses this law can expect to see the union and we will also publicly name and shame those that come to our attention," Ms Kelly said in a statement.

"Unions will not stand by and see workers treated unfairly."

Ms Kelly also said the CTU would offer free legal advice to anyone threatened with the sack under the new law, whether they were union or non-union,

And interviewed on One News, she said there were plans to picket firms that exploited workers.

Parliament passed the controversial legislation in December and it came into force today.

It gives businesses with fewer than 20 workers the right to sack a new employee during the probation period without risking a personal grievance case.

Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson said last week it would be "a real boost" for people on the margins of the workforce who needed an employer to give them a chance in a new job.

She said the trial period was voluntary and related only to personal grievances on the grounds of unjustified dismissal.

Other rights were retained so workers were still protected against discrimination, sexual and racial harassment, duress or unjustified action by an employer.

The Labour Party calls it the "fire at will" law and fiercely opposed it when it was debated in Parliament.

Labour MP Trevor Mallard said today it was an attack on workers' rights by the National Party which would make it more difficult for businesses to attack skilled employees.

"National's attempt to try and sell this as a way to boost employment opportunities with small to medium sized businesses is a sham," he said.

Auckland's Newmarket Business Association said Mr Mallard was being irresponsible.

"No organisation is in the business of employing people to then fire them," said the head of the association, Cameron Brewer.

"Many opportunities in this recessionary environment can be found in small and medium-sized businesses...Labour should be encouraging job hunters and small business, not scaremongering."

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