For well over a year, Iain Lees-Galloway has spoken of his hope that Fair Pay Agreements (FPAs) could endure a change of Government.

But the entrenched positions of unions and business groups shows how remote the odds of this is.

The decision this week to put the issue back out for consultation does, as the National Party argues, look like the issue has been "kicked for touch" until after the election, at least.


FPAs are a proposed type of agreement where an entire occupation or sector could be covered by an agreement negotiated between unions and employers.