After the prospect of a four-day tanker driver strike, Pacific Fuel Haul is backing down and has agreed to meet workers’ demands, says FIRST Union organiser Jared Abbott. “The company has now agreed to reinstate a previously agreed offer that they had reneged on,” says Abbott. “The offer will see tanker drivers who deliver fuel to Z and Caltex earn increases of up to 18 percent over 3 years with back pay from August 1. Union members in the South Island will also become eligible for redundancy compensation, something that used to only be available for North Island drivers.”
Bunnings workers continued striking at locations across New Zealand. FIRST Union organisers said their main gripe was the introduction of a new roster that would mean workers’ shifts could be chopped and changed with just two weeks’ notice. The company said its offer would guarantee team employees a minimum wage increase of 4 per cent this year with a further guaranteed minimum of 2 per cent next year. The company said flexibility for its team and customers was key.
Meat workers at Wanganui’s Imlay plant have returned to work this season on individual contracts. They had to do so to keep their jobs, and their union is to fight that imposition in the Employment Court. The workers’ collective contract with AFFCO had been under negotiation for more than 18 months, NZ Meat Workers’ Union Wanganui secretary John Woodhead said. It had hit several obstacles. The Meat Workers Union and AFFCO are back in court over this dispute.
New Zealand Refining, the nation’s only oil refinery, said it has agreed to a three year collective contract with the First Union and the New Zealand Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union, which represent about half its workforce. The new contract will run through until June 2018.
The Amalgamated Workers Union says it has reached a satisfactory resolution with Christchurch Waste Management about hours of work. The city’s 50 rubbish truck drivers have been finishing work at 2pm, regardless of whether all the bins have been emptied. The drivers wanted to be paid time-and-a-half for hours worked on top of an eight-hour shift. A union spokesman, Lindsay Chappell, said they had reached a satisfactory resolution, which would be presented to the workers
Wairoa AFFCO Meat Worker Union members are hitting the streets tomorrow after voting to reject “punitive” individual agreements as a precondition to returning to work in the new season. “Wairoa workers have seen the impact of accepting the company’s individual agreements in other sites and they’ve decided they won’t put up with that,” union branch organiser Eric Mischefski said. The union and company are locked in dispute to renegotiate a collective agreement that expired in December 2013 for eight North Island meat works.
First Union said Bunnings was proposing to chop and change start and finish times for staff across the country, leading those at the Mount Maunganui branch to strike. Union secretary Maxine Gay said workers had a right to consistent and predictable hours, and the proposal went against that. But Bunnings said any changes would be discussed with the affected worker before they were made, and individual commitments would be taken into account. It said the collective contract also guaranteed staff a minimum pay rise of 4% this year, and 2% next year.
After strikes at the Warehouse Manukau, Blenheim and New Lynn, workers at the Warehouse Rotorua walked off the job says FIRST Union organiser Dennis Maga. “Warehouse workers across the country are rejecting the company’s offer of a 30 and 31 cent wage increase. Several stores have even voted for strike action. Farmers is lifting wages for its workers by 70 to 80 cents. The Warehouse is fast falling behind other large retail chains,” says Maga. “While the Warehouse touts its Career Retailer Wage (CRW) the reality is that not all workers receive it. You need to clock 5000 hours or 5 years’ service before qualifying.”
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