Is online here, as you’d expect from the urgency and lack of process it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. From the general policy statement:
This Bill amends the Employment Relations Act 2000 so that workers
involved with film production work will be independent contractors
rather than employees, unless they choose to be employees by entering
into an agreement that provides that they are employees. Film
production work includes production work for video games, but not
production work on programmes initially intended for television.
So if you’re an actor working on a television program then you are covered by different employment law than your next job on a movie – but if you’re a programmer working on a video game tie in to the film then you’re covered by the same law as the actor on the movie set, but that changes if you get a job coding for a non-video game related project.
I’m not sure as to whether this covers the entire video game industry or just film tie-ins. I also wonder if the wording in the law:
film means a cinematograph film, a video recording, and any
other material record of visual moving images that is capable
of being used for the subsequent display of those images; and
includes any part of any film, and any copy or part of a copy
of the whole or any part of a film
means that anyone could stick a camera in their office and film their employees and then claim that they are exempt from the ERA because they are making a film.
How does that law change, purportedly meant to put Warner Brothers minds at ease about our industrial relations landscape, have anything at all to do with the actor’s actions that allegedly kicked all of this off? Because I can’t for the life of me see any linkage whatsoever.
My guess is that by the time they were sitting at the table with the PM the dispute was no longer an issue except as a bargaining ploy by Warners: ‘we need large tax breaks to offset the increased risk we’re taking in filming in a country with such uncertain labour laws’. And Key’s response – and the piece of legislation they’re passing – was just another ploy: ‘well we’ll just fix up our labour laws so that risk doesn’t exist for you any more.’