Unite Union has released their plan for 2018. It includes closing the gap between the minimum wage and the living wage, restoring margins for skill and service, re-establish time-and-a-half rates, and re-establish the right to full-time work for those who want it.
InfraCore received notice of intended strike action this week by FIRST Union and AWUNZ, the two unions representing 91 staff who are on the same collective employment agreement. In a statement, InfraCore said the dispute related to the company's proposed pay adjustments "to reflect current market rates" and the unions' proposal for an across-the-board pay increase.
The DHB MECA covers over 27,000 nurses, midwives and health care assistants working in all District Health Boards across the country. Over 400 meetings were held with members nationwide to present the offer and vote. NZNO members have rejected the proposed DHB MECA (multi-employer collective agreement) covering the November 2017 to July 2020 period. An overview of the offer as it was presented to members can be found here.
Members of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union began strike action at 2am, which would continue for 24 hours and affect between 30,000 and 35,000 commuters. The union was striking to protest the decision of Transdev, which runs the trains on Auckland Transport's rail network, to introduce driver-only operations on passenger trains.
E tū has won its Employment Court case against LSG Sky Chefs for its exploitative use of labour hire workers. The union asked the court to declare that the workers’ real employer is LSG Sky Chefs – not the labour hire company - and the Employment Court agreed.
The strike action comes after Transdev and Hyundai Rotem called for the removal of long-standing terms and conditions in the workers' collective agreement. Rail and Maritime Transport Union general secretary Wayne Butson said the union had been trying to negotiate with the companies since May. Further industrial action was tabled for November 30th, but was called off when agreement was reached on the collective agreement.
The Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU), which represents Locomotive Engineers and on board crews on Auckland’s passenger rail network is to ballot members on industrial action after talks with French owned multi-national Transdev broke down. ‘’The RMTU has been in collective bargaining with Transdev since May this year and this week we reached the end of the line,” said RMTU Organiser John Kerr.
FIRST Union, the union representing 27,500 New Zealanders in retail, finance and transport and logistics, is undergoing major changes as its President, General Secretary and Retail and Finance Secretary deliver their retirement speeches in Auckland. The new leadership team includes General Secretary Dennis Maga, Assistant General Secretary Louisa Jones, Retail and Finance Secretary Tali Williams and Transport and Logistics Secretary Jared Abbott.
The Government is giving assurances that industry-wide strikes will not be possible under its proposed Fair Pay Agreements, which would set minimum standards across entire industries. The agreements represent a major change to the workplace and have been hailed by unions, but criticised by the National Party as taking industrial relations back to the 1970s.
The Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill passed its first reading in August by just one vote and was opposed by most political parties. E tū's Equal Pay Coordinator, Yvette Taylor says women rallied in their thousands against the bill which would have increased the obstacles faced by women seeking equal pay. "Had this bill proceeded, these women would have been forced into a long process of identifying comparators and proving merit," says Yvette.
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