Government equal pay negotiators have reaffirmed their commitment to getting a preliminary sign-off for an agreement on the delivery of equal pay for the care and support sector before Christmas. If this is achieved it would require ratification meetings by workers employed in aged care residential, home support and disability support in February and March next year before it is finalised. It would probably also require, as did the 2011 sleepover settlement, that legislation be passed to make the minimum pay rates in any settlement enforceable in the courts.
Unions and Living Wage Aotearoa have been successful in getting candidates to pledge their support for adopting a minimum $19.80 hourly wage for staff and contractors. This is $4.55 more than the government’s current minimum wage, and PSA National Secretary Glenn Barclay says the support is great news.
The Employment Relations Authority has found the Talley’s owned meat company NZ Land Meats (NZLM) breached good faith by trying to silence workers and their union. This follows other legal decisions against Talley’s owned AFFCO and South Pacific Meats, says the NZ Meat Workers Union (MWU). “The MWU has tried to negotiate with NZLM for more than two years, but the company has offered nothing but stalling tactics,” says Graham Cooke, National Secretary.
The short strike, which took place between 12pm and 1pm on Thursday 22 September, followed three months of negotiations with the university. Auckland alone refuses to negotiate what it pays its people until after it has set its budget for the following year.
McCain Foods South Canterbury workers who have travelled to Australia to fill in for striking workers from the company's Ballarat factory have been condemned by the E tū union. E tū national industry strategy director Neville Donaldson, has confirmed three workers from South Canterbury travelled to Ballarat last week and a further seven are expected to go this week. It is believed they were shuffled through the Ballarat factory's back doors to avoid picketing staff.
First Union has been in negotiations with TV Shop since July last year and organiser Kate Davis said workers were fed up with the amount of pay, insecurity of hours and no redundancy package. TV Shop, which is a trading name for Brand Developers, is known for infomercials selling products like the Bambillo Pillow, Transforma Ladder and Thin Lizzie makeup.
As part of their protest, the 850 Tertiary Education Union (TEU) members will play the 1978 Split Enz song “I See Red” each hour, every hour on their computers, laptops, tablets or phones, while they are at work.
Statistics New Zealand have introduced new measures to the Household Labour Force data from June this year. Click the article heading to read the full report.
The pay rise will affect all 1827 clerical workers from four DHBs in the South Island. Workers at Canterbury, Nelson-Marlborough, West Coast, Southland and South Canterbury DHBs are in for a 10 to 15% increase. Since 2009, North Island workers had received pay increases totalling 16% while their South Island counterparts received 6 to 7%.
E tū claims plastic company Sistema pays 400 of its factory workers minimum wage and makes them work 60-hour weeks on 12-hour shifts. The company has blasted the claims as "completely false", with chief operating officer Drew Muirhead saying they are in negotiations and the union is using "bullying tactics".
After more than 11 months, First Union members employed at Bunnings Warehouse stores finally have a new collective agreement. The new agreement came into effect in August, offering a pay rise and back pay. The issue of zero-hours and shifting contracts is addressed with a new clause giving both employers and employees a say in shift patterns.
Victoria University has been accused of breaching good faith by the TEU, by offering job seekers thousands of dollars more if they opt out of a collective agreement. The university recently advertised for a librarian and offered those on a union agreement a $41,874 - $73,910 salary. It offered $57,280 - $78,760 to those not on an agreement.
See the advertisement here
An 11-minute video that may be of interest to anyone following the AFFCO saga can be found here.
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