The E tū NZ Post collective agreement is up for renewal at the end of February. Further details on the link above.
Auckland bus drivers have voted to take industrial action against NZ Bus if a resolution can't be reached. Tramways Union president Gary Froggatt said 86 per cent of union members rejected the current offer from NZ Bus. Froggatt said the unions would meet with Auckland Transport (AT) to discuss the dispute and to further a resolution passed by the council last year. Drivers weren't getting enough rest and their 14-hour shifts were too long, Froggatt said. Drivers often had up to four hours of unpaid downtime between shifts and the contracting model used by Auckland Transport meant the companies were often unwilling to cover pay rises for the drivers, he said.
DHB Medical Laboratory Workers and NZ Blood Service employees who are members of APEX have voted to commence pro-longed National Strike Action commencing 10 February 2020 and running until 5 May 2020. The action varies and is designed to put pressure on the employers to come back to the bargaining table with a fair offer to settle their National MECA (multi-employer collective agreement). These include refusal to undertake particular tests, refusal to staff phlebotomy runs, refusing to answer phones, and refusing to accept community generated lab tests.
E tū members at Woburn Masonic aged care home in Lower Hutt will enter into facilitation on their dispute with owners, Masonic Care Limited. The union applied to the ERA for facilitation after members were unable to secure a collective agreement following nearly 12 months of talks, mediation and a series of strikes just before Christmas. The members, who have likened their current rosters to the availability requirements of now illegal zero-hour contracts, want set shifts and hours as well as better sick leave, weekend pay rates, and long service leave.
100 sonographers employed by Auckland, Counties Manukau and Waitematā District Health Boards will carry out a partial strike from Saturday, January 18 to Saturday, April 11, in a dispute over pay and working conditions. The strike action will see members of the APEX union stop performing scans for all GP referrals and outpatients, as well as banning working overtime.
Tramways Union president Gary Froggatt, who represents drivers at NZ Bus, said the discussions "got nowhere". "There was no further offer made, so we are going to go back to our members to discuss where we go from here." Late last year, the company offered the drivers a pay rise of 43 cents an hour which would take their hourly rate to $22.50. The unions called off the industrial action on December 12 after Auckland Council asked Auckland Transport to help resolve the dispute.
Increasing workloads at district health boards and the loss of senior clinical psychologists prompted nationwide strike action among hundreds of APEX union members from July. Waikato DHB says health boards, the union and psychologists hope to reach agreement early in the new year. Psychologists went on strike to highlight work shortages and nudge DHBs and the Government to take action, APEX statements say. The DHBs are considering a proposal for the collective employment agreement after facilitation, APEX said.
First Union says members at Pak'nSave supermarket in Richmond, near Nelson, and at New World City Centre in Dunedin are protesting the lack of meaningful bargaining with the two Foodstuffs supermarkets. They said union members working were wearing stickers stating they deserved the living wage. The union's regional secretary, Paul Watson, said they had waited more than three years to settle new collective agreements.
The PSA DHB Clerical Administration Pay Equity Claim has reached a significant milestone. The union has established the undervaluation of DHB admin workers in comparison to other comparator roles - this means they have now completed the second phase of the process and are preparing to enter the final phase, the settlement of the claim. This achievement is one of many milestones since the claim was first raised in November 2018, representing 7000 PSA members. The claim was raised under the process recommended by the Joint Working Group on Equal Pay Principles.
FIRST Union members at George Weston Foods Ltd in South Auckland, who produce Tip Tip branded bread products, have reached a deal with the company after negotiations, that will end industrial action. The deal includes overtime rates and an increase up to 4.1% on hourly rates.
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