Kiwi nurses have walked off the job across the country. The 24-hour strike officially began at 7 am Thursday, July 12 and will continue until 7 am on Friday, July 13. NZNO Industrial services manager Cee Payne said it was amazing to be with nurses and midwives outside Wellington Hospital on the picket line. "I think it's just such an important moment for nurses today to be able to really visibly demonstrate the invisible problem that they've been dealing with for the last ten years. "It's about safety and safe staffing in our hospitals and the despair that they've been feeling when they can't deliver that patient care that's so important to them."
About 4000 staff of Inland Revenue and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment around the country will walk off the job for two hours in a bid for better pay. "This isn't a decision our members have taken lightly but they feel they have no choice but to take industrial action," PSA national secretary Glenn Barclay said.
First Union and Foodstuffs North Island have signed a collective agreement covering the company's distribution centres. Workers will get a pay boost of between 9 per cent and 25.2 per cent. The deal only applies to the chain's permanent workers in its distribution centres but wins further rights for the labour-hire workforce, too.
Unite Union handed out free popcorn outside Hoyts Cinemas to support workers threatened with being locked out if they strike. The union said Hoyts workers had been told they must accept an offer that puts them on the minimum wage - which is $16.50 an hour. The union hoped that handing out the popcorn would highlight the low wages for workers, compared to a $19.00 film ticket. Unite Union said its members had been told that even a one-minute strike would result in a month-long lockout.
Hundreds of Farmers workers across the country say they will walk off the job. Beauty, sales and service assistants voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action over their pay and pay review process. Strike action ranged from one hour to five hours and affected 55 stores. Tali Williams, First Union retail, finance and commerce secretary, said it was unusual for Farmers workers to strike, so the fact that they were taking action shows how fed up they are.
Primary school teachers have rejected the Education Ministry's pay offer and will strike on 15 August for what their union says is the first time in 24 years. New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) union said its members voted overwhelmingly for the half-day stoppage in ballots held over the past two weeks. It has been seeking an immediate 16 percent pay rise and improved working conditions since pay talks with the ministry began in May. The offer had promised a salary increase between 6.1 percent to 14.7 percent over three years for trained teachers.
More than 20 First Union members held a demonstration outside the Hastings store on Saturday afternoon for the second time in two weeks over unresolved pay concerns. Union organiser Mike McNab said public support for the workers had been growing and they would be "ramping" up their efforts.
Ritchies Murphy employees who are members of FIRST union took strike action for two hours during peak rush hour. First Union transport organiser Graham McKean said negotiations have been ongoing since September 2016. McKean said the company was paying over a $1.50 per hour less than the market rate and drivers have to work six days to get 40 hours of work for the week.
More than 100 workers at a Wairarapa bacon company are taking industrial action calling for better pay. E tū Union said about 150 workers at Beehive Bacon in Carterton would refuse to carry out overtime until the dispute was resolved. The workers were seeking a pay rise of 75c an hour, he said, along with an extra day of sick leave and bereavement leave.
Employees at Burger King New Zealand are striking for better pay and conditions following a year of ongoing negotiations with Unite Union. The union claims that Burger King workers are among the lowest paid workers in the fast food industry, with store managers on $16.88 per hour (38 cents above the minimum wage) and workers on salaries allegedly expected to do an unreasonable amount of hours of unpaid overtime.
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