First Union spokesperson Lynette Blacklaws says some aspects of the action will still go ahead, but the proposed paperwork ban has been temporarily withdrawn to reassure the public there will be no risk to patient safety. “Patient safety is the top priority for Ambulance professionals,” said Ms Blacklaws. “Officers will still be taking part in a partial-strike relating to non-compliance with the uniform policy.” St John and the unions representing the 1000 ambulance professionals met for mediation on Wednesday 2 November.
TEU members working at the University of Auckland have undertaken several hour-long strikes. They want the university to negotiate pay with them now rather than after the university sets its budget. They want the university to pay more money to the people who earn the least, and they want an end to the failed professional staff performance pay system that freezes most people’s pay and undermines performance. Next, union members at the university will start refusing to work more than their agreement hours.
Negotiations to end junior doctors' long hours have been labelled "an absolute farce" by the union as a standoff with health boards continues. About 3200 resident junior doctors across the country walked off the job for 48 hours.
Further information about the industrial action and bargaining can be found here.
Workers at Pastry House in Manukau City are taking strike action over a mean pay offer as well as a workload which has staff struggling to cope. E tū’s 37 members will walk off the job for two days. E tū organiser, Alvy Tata says the company has offered 1.5% a year over two years, which is not acceptable to members. She says Pastry House, which is owned by Australian giant, Allied Mills is doing very well, after securing two massive key supply contracts.
Unite union has made a public appeal for Ronald McDonald to make contact about dramatic cuts in his hours of work. “There are many media reports that, due to the “creepy clown” phenomenon, McDonalds has dramatically cut back on Ronald’s hours of work" said Unite National Secretary Gerard Hehir. “We would be delighted for Ronald to appear for us as a witness at the Employment Court in our upcoming cases about security of work at McDonalds."
About 100 E tū members walked off the job for 24 hours at McKechnie Aluminium Solutions Ltd in New Plymouth unhappy with their renewal contract offer.
Unite union has accused McDonald's and Burger King of trying to cheat their staff out of their rights under both the collective agreements and the law. Restaurant Brands and the Unite Union amended their collective agreement put an end to "zero hours" contracts at KFC, Pizza Hut, Starbucks and Carls Jr. Unite National Secretary Gerard Hehir said McDonald's had been putting many new staff on three-hour minimum contracts and refusing to pay compensation for being available to work additional shifts as required by the law. They are also refusing to offer hours to existing staff before hiring new staff, he said. Burger King had agreed to guaranteed shifts but had abandoned implementation of the collective agreement clause requiring this.
First Union members at the distribution centre of Brand Developers TV Shop, which supplies Thin Lizzy and Transforma Ladder products, walked off the job, after also protesting the previous week. The strike took place outside the distribution centre on Rosebank Rd, in the Auckland suburb of Avondale, and was timed to coincide with stocktake. The union says that members have gone a number of years without an increase.
After the New Zealand Employment Court had ruled last February that the Talleys/AFFCO brutal 5-month lockout of union members was illegal, the company appealed the decision to the Court of Appeal – and lost again. Talleys had insisted workers could only return if they accepted new inferior individual terms of employment. The demand to accept new agreements undermined the process of renewing the collective bargaining agreement. The Court of Appeal concluded that unlawful lockout provisions must extend to protect former employees who have contractual rights to an offer of re-employment from an employer which is refusing to engage them unless they accept new terms inconsistent with their existing rights.
Resident doctors will strike nationwide in pursuit of demands for what their union says are "safer rosters and safer hours". The strike will be a complete withdrawal of labour from 7am on Tuesday, October 18, until 7am on Thursday, October 20. All 20 district health boards will be affected by the action by the more than 3000 members of the Resident Doctors Association.
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