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New Employee Relations Act Lauded In Cook Islands
Mothers allowed six weeks paid maternity leave

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Dec. 18, 2012) – The President of the Cook Islands Workers Association Anthony Turua says the new Employee Relations Act is a great achievement.

The new Act guarantees basic workers’ rights, such as freedom of association and discrimination.

New mothers will also be entitled to six weeks’ minimum wage under a paid maternity leave scheme for public and private sector employees.

Mr. Turua hopes the new changes will attract a stronger workforce when they come into effect next year:

"I think it gives the employer and employee a sense of security and move forward in terms of productivity in their workplace."

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