Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Enough, say Air NZ engineers

March 12, 2004

Media Release
Enough, say Air NZ engineers

Engineers at Air New Zealand say they will not accept company plans to cut their shift-work pay and drastically change their working hours.

Talks between the airline and 1200 workers from Air New Zealand Engineering Services in Auckland and Christchurch have broken down over the company’s plans.

Union advocate Bill Newson said that the company wanted the right to force workers who had been hired to work permanent day work to work shift work, and vice versa.

“This will play havoc with people’s lives,” Mr Newson said, “and on top of that, the company wants to effectively cut their pay.”

Mr Newson said that the engineers had stood by the company through its bad time after the collapse of subsidiary Ansett Australia in 2001 and accepted a pay freeze – despite the fact that Air New Zealand Engineering Services had continued to make a healthy profit through that time.

The workers – members of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union and the ATA – had voted overwhelmingly to reject the company’s position, he said.

“We have been negotiating for four months and have got nowhere with the company,” he said. “Therefore, the workers are being forced to give 14 days’ notice of industrial action,” Mr Newson said.

The action would begin with an overtime ban from March 30, and the workers hoped that this would convince the company to get back to the negotiating table. If not, an eight-day strike would start on April 5.

“We are ready to talk to the company at any time in a bid to get this settled, and we have told them that, Mr Newson said.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Onetai Station: Overseas Investment Office Puts Ceol & Muir On Notice

The Overseas Investment Office (OIO) has issued a formal warning to Ceol & Muir and its owners, Argentinian brothers Rafael and Federico Grozovsky, for failing to provide complete and accurate information when they applied to buy Onetai Station in 2013. More>>


Tomorrow, The UN: Feds President Takes Reins At World Farming Body

Federated Farmers president Dr William Rolleston has been appointed acting president of the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) at a meeting in Geneva overnight. More>>


I Sing The Highway Electric: Charge Net NZ To Connect New Zealand

BMW is turning Middle Earth electric after today announcing a substantial contribution to the charging network Charge Net NZ. This landmark partnership will enable Kiwis to drive their electric vehicles (EVs) right across New Zealand through the installation of a fast charging highway stretching from Kaitaia to Invercargill. More>>


Watch This Space: Mahia Rocket Lab Launch Site Officially Opened

Economic Development Minster Steven Joyce today opened New Zealand’s first orbital launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island’s east coast. More>>


Marketing Rocks!
Ig Nobel Award Winners Assess The Personality Of Rocks

A Massey University marketing lecturer has received the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize for economics for a research project that asked university students to describe the “brand personalities” of three rocks. More>>


Nurofen Promotion: Reckitt Benckiser To Plead Guilty To Misleading Ads

Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand) intends to plead guilty to charges of misleading consumers over the way it promoted a range of Nurofen products, the Commerce Commission says. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news