Seven thousand employees at The Warehouse will now be paid a living wage after four days of negotiations. The parties have now agreed to the deal, which would see First Union members earning $20.50 after 12 months.
Hundreds of SEA-Unite union members rocked Federal Street outside SkyCity Casino in Auckland as they went on strike to bring “back the weekend”. The main union claim is for penal rates at nights and weekends and allow others some choice about their work hours.
Secondary principals have voted to accept the government's offer. Their union says “the main components of the deal are an average 14.5 percent pay increase for principals over the 3 year term of the agreement, six weeks of annual leave and a $500 payment for union members.”
First Union members gave notice to Go Bus Transport that there will be a stop work meeting, scheduled for the off peak period to minimise the disruption to passengers.
A hard-hitting review has revealed deep divisions, including a loss of faith and trust, by nurses in their union during contentious pay talks last year. The independent review, released today, was carried out for the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) by a former president of the Council of Trade Unions, Ross Wilson. It looked into pay talks that began in May 2017 and ended last August 2018 with a pay deal, following a nationwide strike on 12 July last year.
The Employment Relations Authority has released their recommendation for IDEA Services and E tu negotiations which have been ongoing.
More than 250 front line workers at Port Otago, who are members of RMTU and MUNZ have issued strike notice including an overtime ban. The unions said there were essentially two sticking points, a claim for a 4% pay rise across the board backdated to July and the issue of fatigue management. In response the port has offered a 2% wage increase.
E tū members at Sanford Bluff voted unanimously to accept the company’s pay offer following wage bargaining. Many workers were earning the minimum wage of $17.70. Including allowances, their pay will increase to $21.15. The deal is backdated to 15 June.
Pharmacy workers at the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) will strike for four days. No treatment were deferred during the strike period, but patients were less likely to have a pharmacist involved in their medicine review. Other healthcare workers were told to be vigilant about medication safety. The APEX union represents 98 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy assistants employed by the CDHB
VTNZ driving test and vehicle testing officials took strike action for 24 hours on Monday 5 August, in protest over their pay. E tū advocate, Sunny Sehgal says “the pay is between $21.00 and $22.50 an hour, which may look good to some people, but it’s a skilful job. And it’s hazardous. They are in a car with people who may not be competent to drive,” he says.
FIRST union members at the new Polarcold site in Auckland have settled their first collective agreement. The new agreement includes wage increases between $2 and $4 per hour, increased sick and bereavement leave, shift allowances, the introduction of redundancy compensation and conversion for labour-hire workers to direct employment after six months of service. The agreement also includes the living wage as the entry rate and then higher rates for workers with counter-balance and reach truck licenses.
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