PPTA union members were set to go on rolling strikes earlier this month, affecting one year group each week. They conducted one strike for Year 9 students but then the union called off further action because progress had been made in talks with the government. The Post Primary Teachers' Association held meetings around the country this week to discuss the offer, after the union said it would recommend that their members accept the new deal.
Primary teachers have voted "resoundingly in favour" of accepting the Government's latest collective agreement offer worth $1.5 billion. The decision was announced to New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) Te Riu Roa members in an email following the largest education strike in New Zealand history.
Unions are targeting workers in supermarkets, security, and cleaning for the first Fair Pay Agreements (FPAs), which would force all employers in a sector to pay above a minimum floor and offer certain conditions. The coalition Government is currently considering how and whether to set up a framework for FPAs - collective agreements that would guarantee pay rates and conditions for workers across an entire industry. Labour campaigned on the policy, but has faced stiff resistance from NZ First to many workplace reforms.
Following a week of mediation talks, the E tu members at IDEA Services would once again strike. Today's industrial action was the seventh strike in eight months, with workers wanting better pay and weekend rates, as well as more health and safety rights. Talks broke down on between the company and E tū union, which was representing some of the workers. Alastair Duncan from E tū said the lack of progress had lead them to apply for a facilitation hearing by the Employment Relations Authority.
PSA and E tū members at Access Community Health have voted overwhelmingly in favour of further industrial action after their latest pay talks stalled – more than a month after members first took to the streets for better pay.
Kmart workers who are members of First Union are being offered the living wage. The deal would affect about 500 workers. The offer means all workers with 12 months' experience or more would be paid at least $20.55 and this would increase further to $21.15 in April next year. The deal also includes the conversion of labour-hire staff to permanent positions at the Kmart distribution centre after a maximum period of six months.
Waikato hospital attendants say they feel underpaid, under pressure and under appreciated by Waikato District Health Board as they went on a 24-hour strike. About 50 attendants turned out for the picket line. One hundred Unite Union members have been in negotiations with the DHB since November 2018. Their main claim is for the DHB to increase starting pay rates from minimum wage, $17.70 per hour to the living wage, currently $20.55 per hour, Unite Union national secretary Gerard Hehir said.
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