Hundreds of workers from 20 district health boards have walked off the job for six days so far, and the APEX union radiographers are planning 80 more partial strikes, affecting radiology services such as general x-rays, CT and MRI scans and mammography. DHBs said talks have reached an impasse and they were now asking the Employment Relations Authority for help. Spokesperson Nigel Trainor said they made their best offer, which included salary increases of at least 11% over three-and-a-half years.
Unions and employers are calling on the Government to properly count strike data after a major year of industrial action. Thousands of nurses and teachers left work to take to the streets in 2018, but if you believe Government figures they would have been on strike for only minutes each. Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has only counted 192 days lost to a total of 143 strikes for the year, involving 11,109 workers.
FIRST Union members from the Bidfood offices in Whangārei branch of global food distribution company Bidfood have laid down their tools to strike for better pay and a national agreement.
Around 50 picketing parking wardens employed by Tauranga City Council and are PSA members claim they have been underpaid for years. The union is claiming their is problems with the banding system and the way employees are assessed within this.
The Rail and Maritime Transport Union and the Maritime Union of New Zealand have settled their two month long running dispute with Port Otago. ‘Members of the Combined Unions have voted overwhelmingly this afternoon to settle on the basis of an offer from Port Otago that meets our concerns around fatigue management and delivers a 9.27% compounded pay increase with backdating over three years,’ said Combined Union’s spokesperson John Kerr.
FIRST Union members at Godfrey Hirst Carpets in Wiri, Auckland, have been indefinitely locked out of their jobs at the carpet manufacturing warehouse following a breakdown in negotiations over a starting-out living wage for all staff, FIRST Union said today.
E tū’s flagship employment agreement for manufacturing, the Metals and Manufacturing Multi-Employer Collective Agreement, has been settled. The Agreement is E tū’s oldest and biggest manufacturing industry agreement and provides a guide for all pay deals across the manufacturing sector. The one-year settlement includes pay rises of 3-3.7% and retains a margin of 50 cents above the minimum wage for the lowest printed pay rates in the document. Members also secured an enhanced redundancy provision for workers with between six and 12-months service.
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