Police had to break up a protest on October 17 outside Bunnings’ New Lynn store in Auckland. About 50 people including six staff were protesting and 12 people forced their way into the building and damaging doors. Talks broke down yesterday after the company refused to compromise on rostering, FIRST Union retail and finance secretary Maxine Gay says. Bunnings say their contracts offered regular fixed hours, with rosters set at least four weeks in advance that can take into account significant commitments and family responsibilities. It has offered a 4% pay rise this year, with a minimum hourly rate of $17.50, followed by a 2% rise next year.
Oamaru meat processing plant Lean Meats has applied for leave to the Court of Appeal to appeal against an Employment Court decision to have it pay in excess of $1m to employees for unpaid work breaks. The Employment Court found the company failed to pay employees for rest breaks between April 1 2009 and March 1 2013.
E tū, the union for Wellington City Council security workers, is celebrating a monumental win as the Council voted last night to extend its living wage commitment to contracted security workers. Councillors voted 9-6 in favour of the move, fulfilling the commitment made by a majority of Councillors to take all possible steps to pay in-house and contracted workers a living wage. This means that security workers including guards, noise control and cash collection service workers will get a pay rise of nearly 20%.
The University of Auckland’s vice-chancellor, Stuart McCutcheon, has sent his negotiating team back into negotiations with TEU after a Fair Pay rally last week marched to his office. People working at the university used the rally to call for the vice-chancellor to negotiate pay with them rather than presenting it as a fait accompli outside of negotiations.
TEU members at Massey University are voting on a new collective agreement that, if ratified, will give them a pay rise of 1.2% next year and 1.5% in 2017.
People working at Colorpak’s Auckland factory are drawing the line on an effective pay freeze being demand by their bosses. Colorpak is offering $200 grocery vouchers and shares in the company instead of a percentage increase on people’s wages. The E Tu members took a week-long overtime ban.
It has been formed by a merger of the Engineering, Printing, and Manufacturing Union and the Service and Food Workers Union, and is vowing to combat wage inequality. It will have more than 50,000 members from a range of industries including engineering, community support, mining, and manufacturing. E Tū’s new national secretary Bill Newson said the union would be better able to better fight for workers’ rights and fair wages.
Employees at NZ Steel have agreed to forego annual bonus payments during unprofitable years to allow the Auckland-based unit of Bluescope Steel a fighting chance as it seeks A$50 million in annual savings. The two year deal also sees the workforce take just a 1% pay increase over two years.
After workers commenced strike action at Toll Logistics, the company and union have agreed to conclude a new collective agreement and settle outstanding legal cases, says FIRST Union organiser Jared Abbott. Workers were prepared to strike until Christmas if necessary. The new 3 year collective agreement includes back pay and a wage increase of 8% over 3 years.
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