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Schools would welcome solar power

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:20:45 +1200 | NZEI Te Riu Roa

NZEI Te Riu Roa believes schools would welcome the opportunity to save money on power bills through the Greens’ Solar in Schools policy. More >>

What are National Standards really being used for?

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:44:54 +1200 | NZEI

The National Government needs to come clean about its plans to link controversial National Standards data, such as those released today, to future decisions about school funding and teacher pay.More >>

Interim TIAC report on Melling incident

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:03:42 +1200 | First Union

The Rail and Maritime Transport Union said today that there is long-standing concern about the effectiveness of the Matangi braking system among train drivers, and the union will work with KiwiRail on interim recommendations in a TIAC report out today.More >>

Redundancies at Fonterra packaging facility in Waikato

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:33:16 +1200 | Dairy Workers Union

The Dairy Workers Union says redundancies at a Fonterra packaging plant in Waikato will come as a heavy blow to those affected and the union will be doing everything it can to support workers.More >>

Job losses show the dangers of relying on dairy exports

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:17:18 +1200 | EPMU

Today’s announcement from Fonterra that up to 110 jobs will be cut at its Canpac facility in the Waikato shows the dangers of relying on dairy exports to China to sustain our economy, says the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union. The ...More >>

Update on the Independent Forestry Safety Review

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:27:58 +1200 | Independent Forestry Safety Review

The formal consultation process for the Independent Forestry Safety Review has now been completed. The Panel has received feedback on its consultation document. This included 111 written submissions from government agencies, forest industry stakeholders ...More >>

CTU Urges Reserve Bank Not to Raise Interest Rates

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:29:12 +1200 | NZCTU

The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Reserve Bank not to raise interest rates on Thursday. “Another rise in interest rates will raise the dollar further, striking another blow at high value manufacturing industries who are exporting or ...More >>

School trustees stay in the tent on IES

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:58:04 +1200 | NZ School Trustees Association

School trustees at the NZSTA Annual General Meeting have rejected a remit calling for NZSTA to distance itself from the government’s Investing in Educational Success (IES) initiative.More >>

Christchurch CHEP workers walk off the job again

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:31:39 +1200 | First Union

Workers at Brambles-owned CHEP Christchurch have walked off the job again today to protest the employer’s refusal to negotiate an improved pay offer, according to FIRST Union.More >>

Petition for new nurse graduates

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:12:18 +1200 | NZNO

Today the New Zealand Nurses Organisation is launching a petition aimed at achieving a nurse entry to practice (NEtP) position for every new grad nurse. New Zealand is facing a significant nursing shortage over the next decade. We need to begin growing ...More >>

Waikato water must remain under community control

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:00:57 +1200 | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association (PSA) believes that Waikato councils’ investigation of options for the provision of water and wastewater services must ensure it remains in public hands.More >>

Report shows public sector skills must be valued more

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:03:38 +1200 | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association (PSA) has welcomed the release of a Productivity Commission report that recommends placing more value on the skills of regulatory staff. More >>

Charges laid against forestry employer

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:16:46 +1200 | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Subsequent to the granting of leave by the District Court, Helen Kelly President of the CTU has filed charges in the Taupo District Court against forestry employer M & A Cross Limited for alleged breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment ...More >>

Prices rising where they hurt families most

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:40:40 +1200 | Council of Trade Unions

“While overall price inflation is still modest, and should give no reason for the Reserve Bank to lift interest rates further, the rises are occurring where they hurt families most: in food, housing and electricity,” says CTU economist Bill Rosenberg.More >>

Education and Science Select Committee report disappoints

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:39:51 +1200 | NZUSA

This week the Education Amendment Bill (No 2) moved out of the Education and Science Select Committee without amendments to its dangerous reforms to reduce the size of universities and wānanga councils.More >>

Govtt continues bid to remove teachers' independence

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:14:30 +1200 | NZEI Te Riu Roa

The government has ignored the overwhelming concerns of New Zealanders in its bid to quash the political independence of the teaching profession. More >>

Time to deliver on aged care promises

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:35:18 +1200 | Service And Food Workers Union

The Service and Food Workers Union has called on Prime Minister John Key to deliver on his promise to address chronic underfunding and poverty pay rates in the aged care sector when his Government “gets into surplus”.More >>

ITF condemns Gaza airstrikes, launches appeal to aid victims

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:23:00 +1200 | International Transport Workers' Federation

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has condemned the growing number of deaths resulting from Israeli military strikes against Gaza in the last few days and launched an appeal to assist those affected.More >>

90 jobs lost in the Waikato as NZ Post closes mail centre

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:43:20 +1200 | EPMU

New Zealand Post has confirmed that 90 jobs will be lost when it closes its Waikato mail processing centre. The confirmation comes after NZ Post announced in June last year that it would be closing its Waikato, Wellington and Dunedin mail centres, at ...More >>

Christchurch Chep workers strike for national pay parity

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:41:49 +1200 | First Union

Workers at the Chep pallet plant in Christchurch are going on strike on Thursday 10 July, demanding pay parity with Chep’s Wiri pallet plant in Auckland, according to FIRST Union, the union for workers in the transport and logistics sector.More >>


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