Paramedics and ambulance staff could be in for a pay increase of just over 6 percent and shift allowances under a new deal being offered by St John after the government gave the organisation a $21 million funding boost. About 1000 paramedics who are members of the FIRST Union, AWUNZ and NZAA, would receive across-the-board pay increases of 6.5% over the next two years. The deal also included shift payments of 5% to be introduced this year, jumping to 25% next July. Workers have been involved in 34 partial strike actions including graffiti on ambulances and staff not wearing uniforms.
Access Community Health coordinators, administrators, and call centre workers have voted to take further industrial action after efforts to negotiate a new pay deal were unsuccessful. The Access, PSA and E tū bargaining teams are attending mediation.
E tu members supporting New Zealanders with intellectual disabilities at IDEA Services will take additional strike action for one hour in support of their employment agreement negotiations. The nationwide strike will be the fourth in the past two months.
The Post-Primary Teachers' Association (PPTA) has announced its strike action for secondary teachers is due to kick off. The "Rostering home action" will see teachers opt not to teach a certain year group on a particular day, over four weeks. Secondary teachers will also take part in rolling regional strikes
Across the country, close to 50,000 primary, intermediate and secondary school teachers have walked off the job for a one-day "mega-strike" to send a message to the Government. Teachers have asked for a 16% pay increase over two years, but the offer from the Government is a 3% increase, each year, for three years.
The principals, members of the Secondary Principals Association, are the latest group of school staff to table a claim with the Education Ministry and are seeking improvements including one more week of annual leave, a $1000-a-year wellbeing allowance, and $1500-a-year for mentoring. Education Ministry figures showed secondary principals' core pay ranged from $104,015 to $216,654 but they could be paid up to $31,345 more for extra responsibilities and up to $6674 in payments base on their school's socio-economic decile. The average pay for secondary principals was $157,300.
Members of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) in Auckland, New Zealand have secured a provisional agreement with multinational employer Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF). It brings to an end a dispute that had seen CAF suspend union members for 30-days. The Spanish company employs workers responsible for maintaining and repairing Auckland’s passenger trains. The RMTU workers had planned partial strike action that intended to avoid causing excessive disruption to commuters. The largely migrant workforce are paid 13% less than those doing the same or similar work for other companies, such as KiwiRail.
Retail workers at department store chain Farmers are preparing to walk off the job for a series of strikes in a bid to increase their wages and working conditions. The first of a series of planned strikes, with low-wage earners set to picket outside stores in Henderson, St Lukes, NorthWest and LynnMall shopping centres in Auckland, and in Paraparaumu and Dunedin. Strike action will affect 40 of the retail chain's 56 stores. FIRST Union says most staff started on minimum wage of $17.70 per hour and Farmers' "unfair" performance review system made it difficult to progress from that.
A new lawyers' union, Aotearoa Legal Workers' Union (ALWU), has launched with claims many juniors are effectively working for below minimum wage. As well as the well-documented issues of bullying, burnout, and sexual harassment in law firms, there was also the fact that junior workers were working long hours with no overtime pay, a statement from the new union said. This meant junior lawyers, after about four years of law school, were effectively paid below the minimum wage.
The dispute stems from Unite union members' concerns that pay differentials for skilled and trained staff would reduce as a result of increases to the minimum wage and a minimum $18 per hour pay rate introduced by competitors including McDonald's. Restaurant Brands previously said about 1500 unionised employees wanted increases of more than 7% on all existing wage rates. The parties agreed to attend mediation.
The first union collective for the sheep shearing and wool handling industry in 24 years has been signed, and it's hoped more companies will follow suit. FIRST Union has signed the collective with Manawatu Shearing Limited ahead of an industry meeting. FIRST Union Transport, Logistics and Manufacturing Divisional Secretary, Jared Abbott said the collective was in response to concerns across the industry. These included wage discrepancies, inadequate timekeeping, a lack of employment agreements, the common incorrect taxation of staff as casuals, not paying proper holiday pay or for public holidays and many not paying the rates recommended by the New Zealand Shearing Contractors Association.
In a bid to stop migrant exploitation, a Kiwi Labourer hire company is set to sign on to a work placement strategy. The fair labour agreement will be signed today between Extrastaff management and First Union. It includes protections for overseas workers and binds businesses to "ethical commitments" to their staff.
The workers at George Weston Foods in Wiri, who make New Zealand’s iconic Big Ben pies, are going on strike again. The two day strike follows a 24 - hour strike held last month over a pay offer that just doesn’t cut it. FIRST Union represents approximately 30 staff, a majority, in the pie department at George Weston Foods in Wiri and has been in bargaining with the company since September last year.
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