Event Cinema workers held strike action during the premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story - though Union members say it's a boycott of low wages rather than the movie itself.
Interesting commentary from Greg Lloyd, Wellington-based barrister, about the illegal AWF contracts that have recently made headlines.
Tens of thousands of minimum wage workers are potentially collectively owed millions of dollars in unpaid wages, with 16 of New Zealand's largest retailers now accused of forcing their employees to work without pay. This follows an Employment Court decision that furniture and appliance chain Smiths City must pay workers for time spent in pre-work meetings. FIRST Union, says it has received 1,500 complaints in 48 hours of other workers affected.
Strikes by bus drivers saw about 87 Auckland buses cancelled during. The strikes affected South Auckland bus services operated by Ritchie's Murphy Transport Solutions. First Union said about 70 drivers were striking over work and pay conditions.
E tū Union workers at Blue Star Group’s four print shops are taking industrial action, with an overtime ban in place from just after midnight tonight. The overtime ban will affect Format Print and Print Link in Wellington, which prints the Budget, as well as McCollams Print and Nicholson Print in Auckland.
About 60 drivers, who work for Pavlovich, will be picketing outside their workplace. FIRST Union organiser Graham McKean said Pavolich was one of the lowest paying employers in the industry.
Around 80 FIRST union members, took strike action this morning in their claim for the living wage. They’re the latest to walk off the job, following members from Te Awamutu and Otorohanga, and drivers from numerous companies in Auckland, who have taken industrial action in the last few weeks. The member’s Bus Fair campaign calls for the Living Wage, a minimisation of split shifts, a reinstatement of regular breaks and an alternative tendering model to the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM).
Hamilton-based bus company Go Bus says it's less than impressed with First Union calling a short strike notice affecting Hamilton city bus services for two hours. Go Bus says it only received the official strike notice on the Sunday morning, but the union disputes that.
King Country school bus drivers walked off the job. Sixteen drivers in Te Awamutu and Otorohanga are striking amidst claims of failed pay negotiations. FIRST Union claims the semi-retired bus drivers are poorly paid and asking for a living wage, and spokesman Jared Abbott says they feel undervalued.
NZEI national secretary Paul Goulter said it was seeking a 16% pay rise and improved working conditions, especially with regard to support for children with special education needs. Mr Goulter last year warned teachers to expect the industrial battle of their lifetime and this week he said the change of government would not make the negotiations simple.
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