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Businesses urged to utilise support employment agencies

Tue, 21 Aug 2018 12:15:56 +1200 | First Union

Statistics New Zealand has released its disability figures for the labour market showing disabled people are three times less likely to be in work , and more than twice as likely to be unemployed or underutilised (work part time and would like ...More >>

Unions backing learning support specialists

Tue, 21 Aug 2018 09:27:28 +1200 | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Council of Trade Unions Secretary Sam Huggard said that it was disappointing that NZEI Te Riu Roa learning support specialists directly employed by the Ministry of Education had to take industrial action today to get a decent pay offer.More >>

Learning Support Specialists strike tomorrow

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 13:55:33 +1200 | NZEI

NZEI TE Riu Roa members who are psychologists, speech language therapists and other learning support specialists, employed directly by the Ministry of Education, are set to strike for a day on Tuesday 21 August.More >>

Waste levy hike has nothing to do with the environment

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 10:57:10 +1200 | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the Government signalling it is likely to increase the waste levy, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: “This is yet another regressive tax proposal from a government that campaigned on ‘no new taxes’.” ...More >>

Expertise of clinicians needs to be valued in health sector

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 10:26:32 +1200 | Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions Secretary Sam Huggard said today that unions were supporting a public health system that listened to and valued the advice of clinicians, in response to the Association of Salaried Medical Specialist’s concerns about our pathology ...More >>

Teachers and principals continue negotiations

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 10:07:10 +1200 | NZEI

Principals and teachers today enter their 21st day of talks since May, and are hopeful negotiations will lead to progress towards a settlement following strike action and an out-pouring of public support last week.More >>

Fed up Gateway mental health workers to strike

Sun, 19 Aug 2018 14:03:09 +1200 | E tu Union

Mental health workers at Nelson-based Gateway Trust will walk off the job on Tuesday, 21 August to protest years of delays in sorting out new employment conditions. More >>

Go Bus Looks for Another Way to Find a Resolution

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:30:34 +1200 | Go Bus

Go Bus advises that it is proceeding with an urgent application to the Employment Relations Authority to seek facilitated bargaining with First Union in an attempt to conclude the protracted negotiations for a collective agreement for its drivers.More >>

Strike vote by overloaded Learning Support specialists

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:47:47 +1200 | NZEI

NZEI TE Riu Roa members who are psychologists, speech language therapists and other learning support specialists, employed directly by the Ministry of Education, are set to strike for a day on Tuesday 21 August, following the results of a secret ballot ...More >>

Oh that’s where they get their profits from!

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:39:31 +1200 | First Union

Inequality: a kick in the guts for hard working New Zealanders Today the National Business Review released its Rich List. For the first time, the combined value of the rich listers has tipped over the $100 billion dollar mark, that’s up 26% from ...More >>

Hipkins: Teachers' pay demand 'out of kilter'

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:22:34 +1200 | RNZ

The Education Minister says teachers' demand for a 16 percent pay rise over two years outstrips what others in the workforce are receiving. More >>

Strikes, strikes, strikes – and more to come

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 12:56:25 +1200 | New Zealand National Party

There have now been twice as many people go on strike in the past ten months than in the entire nine years of the previous National-led Government, National’s spokespeople for Workplace Relations and Safety, Scott Simpson and Dan Bidois say.More >>

Gordon Campbell on another reason to loathe HR departments

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:46:30 +1200 | Gordon Campbell

This morning’s news item about Police emergency call centre staff turning up for work while they’re sick – because they’re afraid their sick leave statistics will be used against them – is not an isolated case.More >>

Select committee urged to stop spread of ISDS under CPTPP

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:49:23 +1200 | It's Our Future

“A range of labour, health and environmental organisations are calling for a clause to be inserted into the CPTPP Amendment Bill that would prevent future governments from extending investor state dispute settlement (ISDS) to countries seeking to join ...More >>

Three simple steps to fix Wellington’s bus fiasco

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:45:58 +1200 | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Bus drivers, their union, and the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions addressed Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) this morning with the request it makes good on its promise to fix the region’s bus problems.More >>

Retail sector a prime opportunity to close gender pay gap

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 17:21:07 +1200 | First Union

Statistics New Zealand has announced today the gender pay gap is the second smallest since records began 20 years ago, 9.2 percent for the June 2018 quarter. The lowest was 9.1 percent in 2012.More >>

Teachers prepared for two-day strike

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 15:37:52 +1200 | RNZ

Striking teachers held rallies throughout the country and showed support for a two-day strike if they don't get an improved offer from the Ministry of Education. More >>

Better wage rules needed to catch Kiwis up

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 14:35:52 +1200 | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

"Wage growth was still slow over the last year, and though for some it picked up a little from the year before, it is uneven," says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg commenting on the Labour Markets (Income) statistics released by Statistics New Zealand this ...More >>

Govt must reach agreement and avoid more strikes

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 13:45:56 +1200 | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s failure to reach an agreement with primary teachers has caused massive disruption to children’s learning today and to parents who have struggled to sort childcare arrangements, National’s Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye says.More >>

Average gender pay imbalance increasing

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 11:45:17 +1200 | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Council of Trade Unions Acting President Rachel Mackintosh said that updated figures out today from Statistics New Zealand show that women are still not being paid their worth and employers are not complying with current equal pay law. The latest average ...More >>


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