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Future of Work Tripartite Forum

The Future of Work Tripartite Forum (the Forum) is a partnership between the Government, Business New Zealand and the Council of Trade Unions (CTU).

We live in a period of significant change in which major developments will have impacts on our economy and our jobs, now and for decades to come. These developments include digitalisation, the internet of things, the sharing economy, and the transition to a low-emissions economy.

While it is difficult to know the full extent of change that is coming, there are a number of steps that can be taken now to respond to the change that is already here. The Future of Work Tripartite Forum (the Forum) represents the Government’s coordinated response to these changes.

The Forum is a partnership between the Government, Business New Zealand and the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions – as representatives of union and business groups – that aims to support New Zealand businesses and workers to meet the challenges and take the opportunities presented in a rapidly changing world of work.  The Forum provides a place for these three social partners to discuss issues and work together to identify and implement solutions.

The Future of Work Tripartite Forum Strategic Assessment

The Strategic Assessment identifies the key challenges and opportunities that need to be addressed in New Zealand and helps define policy priorities for a Future of Work Programme. It presents the five broad strategic themes that will guide the Forum’s direction. It then identifies the Forum’s focus areas and work that could benefit from a coordinated tripartite approach.

Who attends the Forum?

The permanent members of the Forum are the Minister of Finance (Chair) and Government Ministers with relevant portfolios, the President of the Council of Trade Unions and the Chief Executive of Business New Zealand. The Forum is attended by the permanent members and representatives from Government, unions and business as appropriate.

The Forum maintains links with the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council as well as the Small Business Council.  

The Forum’s key relationships

Future of Work Tripartite Forum key relationship diagram

How often do the Forums take place?

The Forum will now meet three times a year. The first meeting was held on 8 August 2018.

Review all the Forum agendas and meeting papers linked under related information. 

How will discussions at the Forum become actions?

Implementing the Forum’s work programme requires a deep monitoring and support system. Going forward, this will be achieved by a new governance structure. A new Governance Group comprising the Minister of Finance, the Minister for Economic Development, the President of the CTU and the Chief Executive of BusinessNZ will meet regularly to drive the Forum’s work programme.

A Tripartite Working Group will also be established that brings together the right stakeholders at the right time to engage on key initiatives. It will draw on expertise from across the partners, and also from other interested parties such as academia, cultural organisations and community groups.

Want to know more?

For further information about the Forum see the Purpose and Operation document and related press and information release documents below.

Last updated: 
Thursday, 19 March 2020