FIRST union was negotiating for a national collective agreement that covers both distribution centre and retail sales staff for Cotton On, said Jared Abbott from FIRST Union. "There's currently a clause that says no one will be paid less than 3% above the minimum wage and the company's ... once April comes these workers will actually end up on minimum wage." The standard rate for Cotton On staff in the distribution centre is between $18-19, he said. The union is seeking an increase to $21.15 as a minimum rate. Cotton On workers in the company's distribution centre close to Auckland Airport have voted to take strike action in favour of a Living Wage after bargaining bids fell through.
The E tu Metals bargaining team met for another day of talks on 19 July. The result was an agreement has been reached for a settlement, subject to ratification, for the renewal of the Metals and Manufacturing MECA for 2019.
Kindergarten teachers will get pay parity with primary and secondary school teachers after accepting a Government settlement offer. The settlement means kindergarten teachers will receive a pay rise of at least 18.5% by July 12, 2021. The vote in favour came after four days of negotiations between NZEI Te Riu Roa kindergarten members, the Ministry of Education and kindergarten employers, NZEI said in a statement.
FIRST Union and Breadcraft Wairarapa have reached an agreement in bargaining that will see the company’s employees receive at least the Living Wage by 1 September 2020. Employees will also be able to receive a margin above that, depending on skills and qualifications. There will be a significant increase for Breadcraft employees this year, followed by an equally significant rise again next year. This will be accompanied by a ramping up of investment in training by the company, to ensure employees can move up the pay scale and have the skills to produce high-quality products
More than 600 psychologists across 17 district health boards have voted to strike for the first time, banning working overtime hours for five weeks. APEX, the union for health professionals, said the strike would start on Wednesday, July 31, and end on Tuesday, September 3. A spokesman for the District Health Boards said they were "surprised" to receive strike notice after "just four days of bargaining". DHBs had not yet made a formal offer to APEX, the spokesman said.
Early childhood education (ECE) teachers have been closely following the teachers' strikes and met on Sunday to discuss pay, ChildForum's Dr Sarah Alexander said. Last month primary teachers accepted an offer giving them pay parity with their secondary colleagues and kindergarten teachers are currently negotiating their collective agreement, with parity the key issue on the table. The Ministry of Education has announced the new minimum rate for services to pay degree-qualified teachers will increase to $21.87 or $22.51 an hour from August 1, depending on qualification. This is an increase of 22 cents an hour.
FIRST Union members who make Big Ben pies at George Weston Foods have settled on pay rises and conversion rights for labour-hire workers, after notifying a third, longer strike whilst negotiations were underway. Two strikes had already taken place, one in April and one in early May, and the third was set to be the longest yet at three days. Most members will receive pay increases that total either 9.2% or 10.5% over the 18-month term of the new agreement. The first raise will be back-paid to 1 November last year and is up to $1.61 more an hour. The second will kick in on 1 November this year.
Members of the New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) Te Riu Roa began talks with the Ministry of Education over the collective agreement after the contract expired on May 31. NZEI spokeswoman Virginia Oakly said in a statement pay parity with primary teachers was the key priority for kindergarten teachers – something they've previously achieved.
Workers at H&M have attempted to undertake a series of strike actions, but management is doing what it can to stop them. According to First Union, around 55 union members voted to take a series of strike actions, demanding a living wage. One of the proposed actions was for store mannequins to have an unexpected makeover - being dressed in union-branded items rather than outfits from H&M. However the store has fired back reportedly sending staff members an email calling it a "hazardous danger" for unqualified team members to handle the mannequins - a job reportedly only for trained staff. However activists have had the last laugh, setting up safety barriers around the in-store mannequins as a "light hearted jibe" at the company's memo.
Primary school principals unhappy with the government's latest pay offer hand-delivered letters to the Auckland Ministry of Education threatening to boycott the Ministry. Almost 100 Auckland principals marched into the Mount Eden government offices after protesting outside. The letters came from individual principals and principals' associations, covering every primary school in Auckland, Laingholm Primary School principal Martyn Weatherill said. The rejected offer would have given a 3% salary increase for three years to principals at schools with a roll of more than 100 students. Principals at schools of up to 100 students were offered three pay increases of about 4.5% each year. It did not grant primary principals pay parity with their secondary colleagues, they said, and the pay increases for teachers meant it would be easier for deputy principals to earn more than principals of small schools.
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