ODT – Agencies in Spotlight in Gloriavale Case
Otago Daily Times – Opinion – 12/05/2022
A clutch of government agencies must do some serious soul searching about their inaction over concerns raised about work practices and the treatment of children at the Gloriavale Christian Community.
This week, the Employment Court chief judge Christina Inglis found that three former members of the West Coast community had been employees from the age of 6 until they left the organisation as young men. The three men had challenged the Labour Inspectorate’s conclusion, after carrying out a desktop review of the community in 2017 and an investigation in 2020-21, that residents were volunteers not employees and therefore not protected by New Zealand’s employment laws.