Nearly 1100 DHB-employed Medical Imaging Technologists (MITs) across New Zealand are set to strike for 24 hours commencing at 0700 hours on Monday 30th September and are voting on a proposed second 24-hour strike on Wednesday 2nd October, after nine months of employment agreement negotiations have not achieved a settlement. Negotiations for the MITs’ national MECA covering all 20 DHBs started in December 2018.
The Dunedin City Council controlled rail company - operator of the Taieri Gorge, Seasider and Silver Fern railcars - has reached agreement with the Rail and Maritime Transport Union and will be pushing its baseline wages for union members to $21.15 per hour. Union members represent about half of the railway's workers, which total about 70 during the busier summer and cruise ship season. The agreement is backdated to early August.
SkyCity casino workers went on strike so they can support the All Blacks. The planned strike was for a brief picket at 9pm on Saturday, after which the striking workers headed off to the pub to cheer on the All Blacks. They are invited SkyCity CEO Graeme Stephens (of South Africa - moved to New Zealand in 2017) to join them at the pub.
After two years of negotiations, Go Bus and FIRST Union have settled their collective agreement. First Union, union divisional secretary Jared Abbott said "the pay increase, to the living wage of $21.15 per hour for First Union members, is a big jump for those who started on minimum wage".
Members of First Union from Cotton On's Māngere distribution centre picketed outside the clothing store on Queen Street in the CBD protesting the Living Wage. The parties have been in negotiations since April 2019.
New Zealand Nurses' Organisation (NZNO) said the offer signed this week covered 800 nurses, and included pay parity with District Health Board rates, a starting wage in line with the living wage and, for the first time, paid parental leave topped up to 14 weeks, matching average weekly earnings. NZNO organiser Ms Davies said the wage boost would be from 8-15% depending on the job and would be back-paid to March.
E tu has withdrawn strike notices for IDEA Services as the believe they have reached a settlement for members to vote on.
After a month of refusing to take rolls, academics who belong to the Tertiary Education Union, have stepped up the action as they seek a 3% rise on their salaries. The new actions, involve staff refusing to enter grades and they stopped work for the morning.
Psychologists who are members of the APEX union plan to carry out a partial strike for 28 days until 8am on Tuesday 1 October 2019. During the period of industrial action psychologists at Canterbury DHB (excluding intern psychologists) will not participate in group work with patients; and they will not accept new patients onto their caseload. They will however, continue with their other duties. Canterbury DHB employs 129 psychologists, and around 106 are members of the APEX union.
The employer advocate has finally signed off the Terms of Settlement for the Metals and Manufacturing MECA and the renewal document is nearly ready for ratification.
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