Air New Zealand engineers have outlined plans to strike on the airline's busiest travel day of the year, putting Christmas travel plans at risk for tens of thousands of travellers. The unions (The Aviation and Marine Engineers Association and E tū) representing Air New Zealand's aircraft maintenance engineers, aircraft logistics and related staff served a notice of the planned action only four days before Christmas. The strike action is set to involve almost 1000 staff members on December 21. The strike action involves a pay dispute, in regard to annual increases in staff pay.
Twenty-one doctors at five Iwi health provider practices will take the first ever strike action by New Zealand general practitioners after efforts to avert the strike were unsuccessful. “This could have been avoided if the employer, Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira, which runs Ora Toa Health, allowed its dentists to join the collective agreement that covers its doctors,” says Lloyd Woods, Senior Industrial Officer at the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS).
St John ambulance officers will be ditching their uniforms as part of continued industrial action against their employer. First Union announced paramedics would act in November, wanting extra pay for workers rostered on nights and weekends. Their first strike notice served is for a ban on covering events from 14 November for an indefinite period.
The Court of Appeal has ruled striking Affco workers unlawfully locked out three years ago should be paid for lost wages. But they shouldn't expect to see it turn into money for a festive season spend-up, according to New Zealand Meat Workers Union national secretary Graham Cooke. He expected company owner Talleys to take all four weeks it has from the time of yesterday's judgement delivery before deciding it will accept the decision or go another round and take the matter to the Supreme Court. The Employment Court ruled three years ago the lock-out of Affco staff was unlawful.
Primary and intermediate teachers and principals have rejected the Government's latest pay offer saying it will not fix the industry's staffing "crisis". About 30,000 New Zealand Educational Institute Te Riu Roa (NZEI) union members voted on what was the third round of offers. The latest offer for teachers included a total salary increase of approximately $9500 - $11,000 over three years.
Union bus drivers were back driving the streets after a five-day lockout by the Go Bus company. The First Union announced that Go Bus and the city government had agreed to a substantial pay raise. The lockout was after union drivers had planned to launch a protest in which they would not collect fares from passengers. First Union said the regional council, which contracts the bus routes to Go Bus, has agreed to allocate extra funding for wage increases that would “align with the living wage” – about $2 more than most drivers earn.
First Union said 180 drivers who work for Pacific Fuel Haul could go on strike for five days from December 16 to December 20. Pacific Fuel Haul supplies all the fuel for Z Energy and Caltex stations, as well as the majority of the company's commercial customers. It said First Union members represent about two thirds of its truck drivers.
PSA union national secretary, Glenn Barclay, said mediation talks with the Ministry of Justice on Thursday had broken a deadlock in the industrial bargaining. "The progress made by getting back to the table with ministry officials has been sufficient for the PSA to agree to suspend industrial action that had previously been in place to continue until 7 December," Barclay said. The strike action, which began on September 19, was in support of a claim for a 11% pay rise over two years. The Ministry of Justice has a budget of 3% of its annual salary bill for pay increases this year and 3% for next year. The ministry has also offered an additional $750 one-off payment to PSA members for 2018.
Nurses and administrators at Nurse Maude Care Coordination in Porirua and the Hutt Valley who are members of the PSA have commenced a week-long strike action from Thursday 29 November. It has been indicated that closing the gap between the pay gains achieved by nurses at District Health Boards and achieving pay parity is a major issue.
E tū members at Sistema have walked off the job for the third time. Workers earlier took strike action last Tuesday night, and again on Thursday in support of better pay and conditions. Sistema workers earn just above the minimum wage and most are required to work 60 hours a week. There is no overtime pay.
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