Businesses and unions are headed to the negotiating table over one the country's biggest manufacturing employment agreements.
Union E tu will today sit down with manufacturers in Auckland for two days of negotiations over the renewal of the Metals Agreement, a collective deal covering more than 600 workers across 80 businesses.
E tu manufacturing industry co-ordinator Anita Rosentreter said the deal had long set the pace for the industry.
She said the union would be asking for a "fair and reasonable" pay increase along with more representation on health and safety issues.
"Research, including the findings of the Royal Commission into the Pike River Mine Tragedy, has shown that worker representation is crucial in fostering a safe workplace," she said.