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.
At a meeting of Auckland Council’s Governing Body, councillors voted unanimously for a series of resolutions that will require greater direct involvement in resolving the ongoing dispute between unions and NZ Bus from Auckland Transport and the Minister of Transport.
School support staff have voted to accept collective agreement offers from the Ministry of Education, with the Living Wage of $21.15 as the new minimum pay rate. All other support staff currently earning at or above $21.15 per hour will receive an increase of 3% on printed rates and all members will receive a further 3% increase on printed rates in 12 months' time. The agreement is for 26 months. Support staff include the likes of teacher aides, administration staff, librarians, kaiārahi i te reo, therapists and technicians in primary, intermediate and secondary schools.
Eighteen FIRST Union members took three days of strike action at Ingham's Wiri plant. The company’s most recent offer of a 2.4% rise excludes backpay accrued since the last Collective Agreement expired at the end of May, and includes changes to hours of work that would see workers required to be available on an ad hoc rostering system over 7 days rather than working regularly rostered fulltime hours over 5 days, as in the current arrangement. Pay rates for workers at the Inghams plant range from near minimum wage to around $21 per hour.
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.
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