Members of E tu will join a delegation of Australian manufacturing workers for a protest in Auckland against a bid by Fletchers to cut working conditions for its Melbourne workforce. The workers, who are members of the Australian Workers Union, are now into their 13 week of strike action over Fletcher's demands. E tū Industry Coordinator, Joe Gallagher says Fletchers has targeted penalty rates, hours of work and is trying to reduce the number of workers.
Dr Coleman and representatives from the Ministry of Health, ACC, DHBs and Unions, along with care worker Kristine Bartlett, signed the historic settlement at Parliament. “The Government announced the $2 billion pay equity settlement for 55,000 care and support workers over five years in mid-April,” says Dr Coleman. More information on the settlement is available on the Ministry of Health website, www.health.govt.nz/new-zealand-health-system/care-and-support-workers-pay-equity-settlement
After 8 months of bargaining, IDEA Services made an offer that addresses the main issues in their dispute with E tū members. One strike was held at Easter. Click the heading for further details of the offer.
About 2000 fast-food Unite members went on strike at restaurants across the country after rejecting proposed pay increases from Restaurant Brands. Union members picketed selected KFC stores in Auckland, Rotorua, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin at lunch time. The union wants increases over three years that will move shift supervisors, skilled and experienced staff towards a living wage.
About 30 PSA members from Linton Military Camp and Ohakea Air Force base attended the strike in The Square in Palmerston North on Thursday, including logistics staff, catering, security guards and IT workers. The PSA say that some members have not had an increase since 2014. They started fresh negotiations in August 2016. Labour's defence spokesman and Palmerston North MP Iain Lees-Galloway said he thought it was appalling the strike even had to occur. He had lodged a member's bill to clarify the Employment Relation Act in relation to collective agreements to make it clear that pay rates were essential to collective bargaining.
A group of six Timaru Hospital anaesthetic technicians have won the right to have what they are paid for the time they are on call reassessed. The technicians took the case against the South Canterbury District Health Board (SCDHB) to the Employment Relations Authority, arguing the time spent on call should be regarded as work. All technicians on-call were required by the SCDHB to live within 10 minutes of Timaru Hospital, as they were expected to report for duty within that timeframe when called. Hospital accommodation was provided for DHB staff who lived further than 10 minutes from the hospital to use when on call. All six technicians lived more than 10 minutes away from work and argued they had no choice but to use the accommodation provided. They argued all of the time they were under the 10-minute requirement should be counted as work, and they should be paid accordingly.
About 10 FIRST Union distribution workers from Ceres Organics protested in Ponsonby Central in Auckland claiming the company should lose its 'organic' status because it refuses to negotiate over redundancy entitlements and overtime rates. General Manager David Josephson says all Ceres staff were given a 6% wage increase in July and the company would not agree to another one-off wage increase of 3% being sought by the workers.
Disgruntled distribution centre workers at BNT (Brakes and Transmission), the Australian-owned car parts supplier, took their sixth round of strike action alongside approximately seventy supporters from the Auckland community.
About 1200 teachers and workers cancelled lectures and stopped work and about 300 of those, alongside students, rallied at the university's central city campus. The Tertiary Education Union said the strike was a last-resort action to get the vice-chancellor to agree to a 1.2% pay rise this year, followed by a $1200 increase next year or $3500 for those at the bottom of the pay scale.
The New Zealand Meatworkers Union's battle in Wairoa with Affco New Zealand is heading to the highest court in the land. The Supreme Court has given Affco leave to appeal a Court of Appeal ruling that Affco unlawfully locked out union workers across its North Island plants when collective bargaining was taking place.
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