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Government work programme checks out for business

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:58:31 +1300 | Employers And Manufacturers Association

The surprising quality of today's speech by the Prime Minister is the balance between its business focus and strong set of social initiatives, said Kim Campbell, chief executive of the Employers and Manufacturers Association.More >>

Public services held back by poor workplace culture

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:38:10 +1300 | PSA

A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue. More >>

SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:33:47 +1300 | Unite Union

SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder's meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation.More >>

EPMU endorses Andrew Little for Labour leadership

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:03:35 +1300 | EPMU

The National Executive of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union unanimously endorsed Andrew Little for the role of Labour leader, at a meeting held yesterday. “I have been speaking to our workplace delegates at forums across the country over ...More >>

ITF Complains to Jordanian Govt Over Aqaba Port Arrests

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:41:06 +1300 | ITF

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has contacted the government of Jordan over the arrestson Tuesday of around 150 trade unionists at the Aqaba Container Terminals facility run by APM Terminals.More >>

Anglican Family Care Otago staff to take industrial action

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:41:07 +1300 | Public Service Association

Social workers, family workers and support staff working for Anglican Family Care in Dunedin and South Otago will take industrial action after their employer refused a pay increase that would keep up with the rising cost of living.More >>

40 more jobs lost to cheap imports

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:24:41 +1300 | EPMU

40 more jobs lost to cheap imports Another New Zealand manufacturer is closing its doors, giving the lie to the idea that we have a “rock star” economy or any strategy for jobs growth. Wellpack is a paper bag manufacturer based in Upper Hutt, Wellington. ...More >>

Pink Batts manufacturer to cut Christchurch jobs

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:23:03 +1300 | EPMU

Pink Batts manufacturer to cut Christchurch jobs 29 roles are to be cut at the Christchurch manufacturing facility of Tasman Insulation, the company which manufacturers the iconic Pink Batts brand of products. The company is proposing to consolidate its ...More >>

Auckland move for KiwiRail health and safety team questioned

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:44:23 +1300 | Rail And Maritime Transport Union

The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. More >>

Redundancies a result of putting profit over good business

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:33:08 +1300 | Food And Services Workers Union

Heinz Watties redundancies a result of putting profit over good business Heinz Watties workers are shocked by the announcement made late last night that up to 100 jobs are being cut from the company’s New Zealand operations. No information was given ...More >>

Injuries at work show many sectors are too dangerous

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:03:28 +1300 | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Workers are deeply concerned about the research Statistics New Zealand have released today showing that almost one-quarter of agriculture, forestry, and fishery workers had a work-related injury claim accepted by the Accident Compensation Corporation ...More >>

Petrol attack shows lessons must be applied

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:14:58 +1300 | PSA

The Public Service Association (PSA) says the lessons being learned from the killings at Ashburton WINZ must be applied wider than just the core public service, following a petrol attack on the Manawatu District Council office this morning.More >>

Swaziland – Monarchy Bans All Union And Employer Federations

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:36:32 +1300 | ITUC

Brussels, 9 October 2014 (ITUC OnLine): Swaziland’s government, one of the world’s last remaining absolute monarchies, has announced an immediate ban on all trade union and employer federations. With one of the worst industrial relations records of any ...More >>

Specialists advised against working in Queensland

Wed, 8 Oct 2014 13:44:24 +1300 | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is advising public hospital specialists in New Zealand not to take up jobs in Queensland in an electronic newsletter sent to all members late yesterday.More >>

KPI to enter into regional maritime federation

Wed, 8 Oct 2014 09:19:32 +1300 | Maritime Union of New Zealand

Indonesia’s Seafarer Union, Kesatuan Pelaut Indonesia (KPI) has agreed to enter into a federation with transport unions from Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand after a formative meeting in Kupang, Indonesia on 7 October 2014.More >>

Global day of action against Rio Tinto

Tue, 7 Oct 2014 14:46:08 +1300 | EPMU

Union members at the aluminium smelter at Tiwai Point have held a stopwork meeting today as part of a global day of action against smelter owners Rio Tinto. “Across the world, Rio Tinto are infamous for undermining good work conditions and robbing ...More >>

Union Not Opposed To Random Drug Testing at Lyttelton Port

Mon, 6 Oct 2014 15:13:08 +1300 | Rail And Maritime Transport Union

The Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) is puzzled at comments by Lyttelton Port CEO Peter Davie that it is obstructing the introduction of random drug and alcohol testing on the waterfront ‘Mr Davie is reported in today’s Christchurch Press ...More >>

Public Hospital Specialists Welcome New Minister of Health

Mon, 6 Oct 2014 13:10:29 +1300 | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) welcomes the appointment of Dr Jonathan Coleman as the new Minister of Health. “We’re particularly delighted that a medical doctor has been appointed to the position,” says ASMS Executive ...More >>

ANZ Workers Vote for National Strike

Mon, 6 Oct 2014 12:39:20 +1300 | First Union

FIRST Union members at ANZ have voted for nationwide industrial action to protect job security at New Zealand’s wealthiest bank. More >>

Most workers see little increase in pay rates

Fri, 3 Oct 2014 12:14:23 +1300 | Council of Trade Unions

“Despite strong growth in the economy over the last year, the median (middle) pay rate has risen only 1.7 percent – just 0.1 percent in real terms”, says CTU economist Bill Rosenberg. “So for most workers, any increase in income will have come from ...More >>


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