E tū will be in the Employment Court in Auckland on Monday to argue its case on behalf of labour hire workers at global airline catering company, LSG SkyChefs. The union is acting on behalf of workers, and will argue that they and other labour hire workers should be entitled to the same employment conditions as directly-employed staff.
Wellington parking wardens went on strike over a wage dispute with the city council. E tū union assistant secretary John Ryall said the Wellington City Council refused to include wage rates in the parking wardens' collective agreement for more than two years. The union has lodged a case with the Employment Relations Authority about the stalemate with the council.
More than 60 workers at a chilled and frozen food distribution centre in South Auckland who are FIRST Union members went on a seven-day strike for better work conditions. First Union transport and logistics secretary Jared Abbott said stock at supermarkets in the upper North Island would be affected by the strike. "Foodstuffs run an operation of using a large amount of labour hire temporary workers. They've got hundreds of them, and they use them in permanent positions and exploit the precarious nature of their work. So we're striking to try and get labour hire workers converted to direct employment."
The strike action was being taken by some drivers employed by Go Bus Transport Limited, which the council contracted to provide the Bayhopper service. A statement put out by First Union, which represented the drivers, said around 30 drivers would attend a stop work meeting with the union. Eleven of the 30 drivers were rostered to work at the time of the meeting and had voted to take strike action to attend. The union blamed Go Bus for any service disruptions, saying the company had three weeks' notice of the strike.
Unite executive have voted to include Burger King salaried manager in the coverage of the CA. Negotiations will commence in August.
South Pacific Meats Ltd, who operate a meat processing plant near Burnham, south of Christchurch, were found to have breached the Employment Relations Act provisions on union access when they cut short a pre-arranged visit to the site by NZMWU Canterbury branch organiser Wayne Ruscoe. Mr Ruscoe was assaulted by a staff member to prevent him going into a smoko room to talk to workers. SPM also issued a trespass order against Mr Ruscoe two days after the incident in an attempt to prevent further union access.
APEX and the New Zealand Medical Laboratory Workers’ Union (NZMLWU) have confirmed their amalgamation into a single entity. The move was approved by the Executive Committees of both unions and confirmed during their July 3 AGMs, following the completion of due diligence processes.
Part-time secondary schools’ teachers and the PPTA are lodging a claim asking for equal pay for part-time teachers. Under the current collective agreement part-time teachers do not get the same guaranteed non-contact hours as their full-time colleagues. It's the latest claim to be made in an effort to gain pay equity in female-dominated sectors, and follows a win for caregivers in the aged care sector. Fellow union NZEI is currently in mediation with the Ministry of Education on behalf of education support workers.
The PSA & E tū met with the Ministry of Social Development and Oranga Tamariki to extend their pay settlement to vocational disability support workers. The next steps would be to seek agreement from the appropriate cabinet ministers and the signing of the agreement pending ratification. There will be a short ratification process, although as most vocational support workers have already ratified the agreement and legislation is required.
“1 July is a historic day for care and support workers with the $2 billion pay equity settlement coming into effect,” says Dr Coleman. “This means that the 55,000 care and support workers in aged and disability residential care, and home and community support services will receive a pay rise of between 15 and 50 per cent. “For the 20,000 workers currently on the minimum wage of $15.75 per hour, their pay will increase to at least $19 per hour, a 21 per cent pay rise. For a full-time worker, this means they will be taking home around an extra $100 a week, or more than $5,000 a year.
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