The adult minimum wage will increase from $14.25 to $14.75 an hour from April 1, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse said. The starting out and training hourly minimum wages will also rise, by 40c to $11.80 an hour – 80 per cent of the adult minimum wage. “The Government has taken great care in setting these wage rates to ensure we maintain the balance between protecting our lowest paid workers and ensuring jobs are not lost,” Woodhouse said.
The new rate has risen 2.5% to $19.25 from last year’s hourly rate of $18.80, reflecting increases in the average wage up to last June. The 30 employers who have signed up to the living wage so far have until July 1 this year to meet the new standard.
The Maritime Union has settled their long-running industrial dispute with Ports of Auckland this morning. In a statement, union National President Garry Parsloe said a new collective employment agreement was passed in a unanimous vote at a stopwork meeting. The dispute goes back to 2011. It centred on the ports of company seeking greater flexibility and productivity on the wharves and the union wanting a continuation of eight-hour shifts and job security.
100 fast food workers from across New Zealand will be gathering in Auckland to discuss their upcoming battle to end zero hour contracts in the fast food industry.
NZ Post’s announcement of a “pilot” programme which includes dependent contractors as well as employed posties shows that the organisation has learned nothing from the example of Chorus, says the union for postal workers, the EPMU. The pilot includes a rollout of new vehicles which can speed up delivery rounds and allow posties to deliver parcels as well as mail. But it also involves the use of dependent contractors, who do the same job as posties but without the same protections in employment law.
Labour is taking action against one of the most insidious attacks on vulnerable workers by today lodging a Member’s Bill against zero-hour contracts. Labour’s spokesperson Lees-Galloway says “unlike casual agreements that provide flexibility for both employer and employee, zero-hour contracts require employees to be available for work at all times but place no expectations at all on employers to provide work.”
Workers at a popular Auckland burger chain are striking today, over a dispute involving alternate holidays. The employees of Wendy’s Hamburgers claim they’re entitled to a day off in lieu, for any public holidays they work. But the Unite Union says the company believes the workers have no right to an alternate holiday, as the day isn’t necessarily a normal working day for them.
The threat of industrial action at Lyttelton Port has been lifted after progress was made in mediation, the Rail and Maritime Transport Union says. As a sign of good faith an overtime ban and notice of a six-day strike had been lifted. LPC has said it was offering a pay increase of 3% over 18 months, backdated to September and this was a significant increase at a time of low inflation.
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