Health Labour Relations and the New Zealand Revolution

  • Kurt Wetzel


Between 1984 and 1996, successive Labour and National party governments revolutionized New Zealand’s political economy by instituting a public policy regime grounded in neoliberal beliefs. Those governments “marketized” New Zealand by removing obstacles to the efficient operation of capital, product and labour markets.1 Longstanding social democratic policies and programs, which had regulated financial markets, protected or subsidized domestic production, and encouraged trade unionism, were terminated or sharply modified. Instead of buffering markets’ impacts upon citizens, workers and business, the new order called for self-reliance and competition.


Health Sector Collective Bargaining Labour Relation Industrial Relation Good Faith 
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