Carers who are members of E tū and employed by the Masonic Village in Woburn, Lower Hutt, are taking strike action over uncertain rosters. Union organiser Robert Ibell said "while they do have some guaranteed number of hours per fortnight - the real thing is they have no certainty of the shifts - either the times or the days they work - so effectively they have to be available 24/7 - and they don't know from shift-to-shift exactly when they're going to be working."
Over 30,000 New Zealand school support staff, kaiārahi, and therapists, they are set to receive a significant pay increase if they accept an offer made by the Government. Education Secretary Iona Holsted has offered the 2019 living wage to more than 17,000 employees who are earning less than $21.15. Staff currently earning the living wage will also be offered a 3% pay increase. If the offer is accepted by NZEI Te Riu Roa members, the pay increase will take effect from November 29, with payment of the new rates in peoples' pockets from March 2020.
Over 300 FIRST Union members at Cotton On throughout New Zealand will be beginning nationwide strike action in major centres, protesting the company’s refusal to provide a living wage to retail and distribution centre workers.
Over 800 FIRST Union and NZ Tramways Union members who drive buses for Auckland’s largest bus company, NZ Bus, will be joining striking Go Bus drivers in not collecting passenger fares, meaning around half of all Auckland bus trips will be free to the public. The unions point to systemic issues resulting from the flawed procurement model for urban bus operators.
Some Auckland passengers will get free bus fares for a month as the strike between Go Bus and First Union bus drivers continues. The free fares strike will affect passengers traveling on Go Bus vehicles from the Mangere and East Tamaki depots.
FIRST Union members who work at Allied Petroleum are warning customers in advance that a strike of Mobil tanker drivers may affect petrol supply next week, and they are calling on the petrol company to do the right thing and negotiate a collective agreement. FIRST Union say that their members are currently employed on individual agreements and that the company is trying every trick in the book to avoid a collective.
Early childhood education (ECE) employers and NZEI, the union representing ECE teachers, have hit pause on their collective agreement negotiations, with both parties agreeing current government funding makes it impossible to reach a fair deal for teachers. They have agreed to jointly meet with the Minister of Education to urge an immediate pay jolt and a longer term pay plan to fix the considerable pay gap between ECE teachers and other teachers in schools and kindergartens.
More than 70 FIRST Union members at Tip Top staff are striking outside of the company's factory in south Auckland as part of negotiations for a pay rise and overtime rates, impacting bakery production. The strike action expected to reduce production at George Weston Foods Wiri and Otahuhu facilities.
PSA members at NIWA will walk off the job across New Zealand. PSA members have agreed to NIWA’s proposed pay increase of 2%, but NIWA has refused to settle with the union despite over 16 months of bargaining. The dispute is around overtime compensation to some staff working unsociable hours in excess of contracted obligations, and some union members say they feel targeted and discriminated against in the workplace. The striking science workers will spend the strike in their community cleaning up beaches, parks and rivers.
School support staff are facing another tense time of year wondering if their hours will be cut or if they will have a job to return to after the summer holidays. Teachers' union NZEI Te Riu Roa has been negotiating collective agreements since July 30 with no offer forthcoming. The union is demanding that the Government move faster to resolve the situation and give schools and staff certainty before the end of the year.
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