More than 110 E tu union members from PowerNet and Otago Power will take industrial action on Monday after their demand for a three per cent pay increase was denied. The companies were offering a 1.5% wage increase, which was declined by union members, who wanted 3%. The union members took an overtime ban.
TEU members at NorthTec are to vote on a new two-year agreement. If ratified, it will increase pay for everyone who teaches at NorthTec by $1000 backdated to August this year, $1500 in August 2016 and $500 in June 2017. Pay rises over the next two years will range from 10% for the lowest paid tutors to 3.6% for the highest paid principal academic staff members. Duty hours for people teaching at NorthTec will also increase from 36 hours a week to 37.5 hours a week. The six-week paid maternity grant will extend so it becomes a grant for fathers as well, and for those with whāngai arrangements.
TEU members at AUT have ended their strike action where they temporarily withheld assessment grades for entry into the university’s database. Late last week AUT increased its pay offer to academic staff at the university to 1.6% for the first year of the new collective agreement and 2% for the second year.
The Employment Court is expected to release a full ruling on Wednesday saying the meat company locked out workers unlawfully and did not act in good faith during collective bargaining. The workers have been in a lengthy battle over individual contracts since a collective agreement with the company expired almost two years ago.
PSA members employed at Auckland's three DHBs have had two weeks of two hour stop work protests over work conditions. The protest action involves 3000 workers from more than 40 different roles including physiotherapists, dietitians and laboratory technicians
A new multi-employer collective agreement applying to more than 2000 food and service workers at 20 District Health Boards is going through. E tu members have voted for the MECA that runs until June 2018 and includes two, 2% wage increases in January 2016 and January 2017 and a new top step of $19.25 per hour.
The PSA workers at three Auckland District Health Boards are protesting a plan to reduce weekend penal rates for new staff and increase patient services. Striking staff work in more than 40 different roles including physiotherapists, dieticians and laboratory technicians. Auckland DHBs spokeswoman Julie Patterson says currently staff are paid double-time for weekend work, and the DHBs want to pay new staff time and a half, in line with most DHBs nationwide.
(Australia) Up to 10,000 employees of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, including the Australian Border Force would be striking from 12.01am to 11.50pm.
More than 1000 government workers have gone on strike for two hours to protest about work conditions at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. The company says employees have been offered a 2% increase. The PSA says that members have been offered 0%.
Auckland distribution centre workers, members of FIRST Union, at the Australian logistics giant Linfox walked off the job at 11.30am today in protest at the way the company is treating its New Zealand-based workers. The employees are being offered a 2% increase, with changes proposed to other parts of the agreement.
Eighty-five E Tu members at Sealed Air Packaging were going on an overtime and data entry ban for the next two weeks, saying the company paid them well below the market rate. The Porirua plant makes packaging products for the lamb and meat industry. Union organiser Mark James said they’re paid nearly $6 an hour less than comparable workers around the country and compared to those working for the company in Australia.
About 1500 PSA members at the Department of Conservation have voted to take industrial action starting on Wednesday – the middle of New Zealand’s Conservation Week. The Public Service Association announced the action, saying an offer from DOC management had been “rejected overwhelmingly” with 95% of union workers against it. DOC staff will “work to rule” from Wednesday until December 7, working the hours they are paid and not answering phones or emails outside of work hours. DoC staff have also agreed to a ban on duty and stand-by, although there was an exception for emergency search and rescue, fire or Civil Defence call outs where life or property was at risk or DoC members were providing essential services.
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