rime Minister Jacinda Ardern, as well as Labour, Green and New Zealand First ministers joined 200 Waikato union members for a series of workshops at Hamilton's Claudelands Arena. It's the first time a government has held a forum with unions since before National took power, and Ms Ardern plans to hold more of them. Council of Trade Unions president Richard Wagstaff praised the presence of Ms Ardern and her team in his address to membership.
Planned strikes between OCS service workers at Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa DHBs were cancellend following agreement between E tū and OCS on the proposed terms and conditions of a new collective agreement for the workers. This agreement is based on the DHB Multi-Employer Collective Agreement settled for directly employed service workers and signed off before Christmas. The MECA sets the conditions for 4000 hospital service workers and includes pay rises of up to 40 percent over the next three years.
E tu says around 48 Fuji Xerox workers will walk off the job after a breakdown in pay talks. Union members were unhappy about the company's 2% pay offer, with no backpay, despite their collective agreement expiring in July last year.
Northland Anaesthetic Technicians who are members of APEX will strike for 72 hours, from February 26th until March 1st. The strike is a result of Northland DHB rejecting a recommendation for settlement of their collective agreement from the Employment Relations Authority. Northland Anaesthetic Technicians have already undertaken seven 24-hour strikes.
Auckland Transport (AT) says the bus strike that affected North Shore services has been called off. North Shore bus services were cancelled for a period of time due to a surprise bus depot strike. The workers were upset because NZ Bus cancelled a mediation on January 30 and were refusing to allocate time for a new session.
Drivers at Southfuels (also trading as Northfuels) have accepted an offer from the company that will see the introduction of overtime rates when working long hours, a wage increase by a minimum of 3% and a new rate of $35 per hour for cover drivers. The drivers will also have their paid sick leave entitlements doubled.
Hundreds of Rail and Maritime Transport Union members are voting whether to consider strike action. The union is seeking a 3% pay increase over the next year, with a 1.5% increase in the following six months.
The PSA says more than 5500 of its members work in DHB admin and clerical roles and their pay and conditions have been neglected for too long, so they will be taking stop work meetings.
MERAS Co-leader (Industrial) Jill Ovens, says the midwives, who work for the 20 DHBs, have been in negotiations since their multi-employer collective agreement (MECA) expired in July 2017. They have also subsequently had two lots of mediation, two weeks of strikes and a month in facilitation in the Employment Relations Authority. She says members have been frustrated at delays in the bargaining process.
All 11 anaesthetic technicians employed by the Lakes DHB will strike for five days. The technicians, who are members of the Apex union, are needed for any operation requiring an anaesthetic. A Union spokesperson, Luke Coxon, said the technicians wanted a pay rise of 15 percent, but were offered a 6% initial increase, rising to 17% over time.
Junior doctors and DHBs are continuing in mediation following strike action. DHBs are seeking to change the complex multi-employer pay deal and want the ability to alter rosters at public hospitals with agreement only of the doctors involved and their bosses. The Resident Doctors Association says it must retain its ability to approve or rule out changes.
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