Around 100 NZNO nurses, medical receptionists/administrators and health promoters have voted to issue a 24-hour strike notice over a breakdown in their collective agreement negotiation with Family Planning Association. The strike will take place from 7.00am 13 December to 7.00am 14 December 2018. The parties have been in negotiations since March 2018 and attended mediation in August.
PSA union national secretary, Glenn Barclay, said mediation talks with the Ministry of Justice on Thursday had broken a deadlock in the industrial bargaining. "The progress made by getting back to the table with ministry officials has been sufficient for the PSA to agree to suspend industrial action that had previously been in place to continue until 7 December," Barclay said. The strike action, which began on September 19, was in support of a claim for a 11% pay rise over two years. The Ministry of Justice has a budget of 3% of its annual salary bill for pay increases this year and 3% for next year. The ministry has also offered an additional $750 one-off payment to PSA members for 2018.
Nurses and administrators at Nurse Maude Care Coordination in Porirua and the Hutt Valley who are members of the PSA have commenced a week-long strike action from Thursday 29 November. It has been indicated that closing the gap between the pay gains achieved by nurses at District Health Boards and achieving pay parity is a major issue.
E tū members at Sistema have walked off the job for the third time. Workers earlier took strike action last Tuesday night, and again on Thursday in support of better pay and conditions. Sistema workers earn just above the minimum wage and most are required to work 60 hours a week. There is no overtime pay.
A new multi-employer agreement, or MECA, for public hospital service workers is a huge win for members, with many receiving pay-rises of up to 40% over the next three years. The MECA sets the conditions for about 3500 service workers, including cleaners, laundry workers, orderlies, catering and security staff at the country’s 20 District Health Boards. E tū is confident about finalising the same settlement with the major DHB contractors by the end of the year. Further detail is at the bottom of the article linked above.
Secondary teachers have voted overwhelmingly to reject the Government's latest pay offer and to take strike action. Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA) president Jack Boyle and vice-president Melanie Webber said the Government needed to make a "significantly improved" offer before term one began next year. The current action would be in the form of a one-day strike. Secondary teachers were seeking a 15% hike in the first year to bring salaries up. The Education Ministry has offered 3% a year for three years, or 9.3% by November 2020.
Sixty members at Godfrey Hirst carpets have fully withdrawn their labour for 48-hours as partial strike action turns into ‘tools down’ strike action. Staff have been refusing to do overtime since November 11th in a response to the company’s refusal to pay time and a half for overtime hours worked and what the union says are minimal pay increases over the last few years. Members have been in negotiations since July this year.
New Zealand Education Institute (NZEI) president Lynda Stuart said the Ministry made the offer yesterday afternoon after a week of bargaining facilitated by the Employment Relations Authority. She said it removed the $63,929 upper limit on pay rates for teachers with diplomas and moved it to $82,992 by 2020, the same top rate as teachers with degrees. The top rate for those with graduate diplomas and master’s degrees would rise to $85,481 by 2020. Mr Hipkins said teachers were not even given the opportunity to vote on the latest offer before the union dismissed it.
Waikato DHB physios who are members of Apex union will take strike action on November 19th, stating that they haven’t had a written pay offer since their collective expired in April.
Teachers were urged to reject the Government's latest pay offer this week with the union calling it a disappointment and "completely unacceptable". PPTA President Jack Boyle said a decision on what to do next, including potential strike action, would be made after November 23 and could mean teachers walked off the job in Term 1 of next year. Some of the items in the latest pay offer included a 3% increase across all teacher pay grades over three years – up from 2.5% for the highest salary group and a 2 per cent increase on all others in October's offers but it did not match the 15% the union asked for. There was a $1,500 middle and senior management allowance – up from $1,400 since the first offer; and a pay increase for provisionally certified teachers' salaries to match fully-certified teachers.
DHB midwives who are members of MERA are quick to announce that women and babies won’t be affected during their upcoming strike – the union is in discussions with DHBs to minimise the effect on women and babies. The union would like to see graduates start a step higher on the pay scale and the top pay raised to $75,000
FIRST union and Enterprise Recruitment have together developed a set of five core principles to ensure that labour-hire workers’ ability to enforce their rights is not compromised.
Since October 19, Tertiary Education Union (TEU) members have not been releasing student marks to AUT as part of strike action over collective negotiations. TEU members have been negotiating for a minimum of the living wage, $20.55, to be paid to the university's lowest-paid staff from January 1 next year, and a 3% increase for those on collective agreements. The strike was due to end but TEU members voted to extend it another two weeks after rejecting AUT's latest offer, which the union said would see the living wage introduced over the next three years and a 2% general pay increase.
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