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

 


Radio New Zealand off the air again

8 August 2005

Radio New Zealand off the air again

Radio New Zealand staff have reluctantly taken strike action again this afternoon in protest at the continuing refusal of their employer to make a reasonable pay offer.

The action, by members of the Public Service Association and the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union, runs from 4 to 6pm and will force Radio New Zealand’s Checkpoint drive time news programme off the air. It is expected that Radio New Zealand will broadcast the BBC live during the strike, despite messages from the UK National Union of Journalists condemning the use of their members material during industrial action.

PSA Organiser Brenden Sheehan says the workers case for a fair pay offer has received a boost today with the release of new salary and wage movement figures from Statistics New Zealand.

“Staff at RNZ want a fair pay offer. Statistics New Zealand figures out today show that the current offer from their employer barely keeps up with wage movements across the economy and does nothing to address the pay gap between it and commercial broadcasters.

“RNZ has offered staff a 3 per cent one year deal. Public sector wages and salaries moved on average 2.9 per cent for the year ending 30 June according to Statistics New Zealand’s Labour Cost Index.

“RNZ salaries fell considerably behind those paid to other public and private broadcasting workers during the 1990s. There have some improvements in recent years but there is still a salary gap. Broadcasting is a competitive industry and good staff will leave RNZ if they are not paid fair wages.

“Our members are seeking a 5 per cent increase and a one week increase to annual leave entitlement in line with recent settlements in the public sector.

“Our members are dedicated public service broadcasters who are taking further industrial action because they can see no other way to demonstrate to their employer that the current pay offer must be improved,” Brenden Sheehan said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Half A Billion Accounts: Yahoo Confirms Huge Data Breach

The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. More>>

Rural Branches: Westpac To Close 19 Branches, ANZ Looks At 7

Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country; ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches; The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ... More>>

Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 2%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2 percent and said more easing will be needed to get inflation back within the target band. More>>

ALSO:

Half Full: Fonterra Raises Forecast Payout As Global Supply Shrinks

Fonterra Cooperative Group, the dairy processor which will announce annual earnings tomorrow, hiked its forecast payout to farmers by 50 cents per kilogram of milk solids as global supply continues to decline, helping prop up dairy prices. More>>

ALSO:

Results:

Meat Trade: Silver Fern Farms Gets Green Light For Shanghai Maling Deal

The government has given the green light for China's Shanghai Maling Aquarius to acquire half of Silver Fern Farms, New Zealand's biggest meat company, with ministers satisfied it will deliver "substantial and identifiable benefit". More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news