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


The ‘Bird’ joins Radio New Zealand picket line

11 August 2005

The ‘Bird’ joins Radio New Zealand picket line as industrial action looks set to escalate

Striking Radio New Zealand staff are being joined on the picket line this afternoon by the network’s iconic bird-call ‘birdie’.

The ‘Bird’ will march with striking staff from RNZ’s headquarters at 155 The Terrace to PSA House, 11 Aurora Terrace, Wellington at 4pm this afternoon.

The strike, from 3.45pm to 6pm, is the latest in a series taken by members of the Public Service Association and the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union in protest at their employer’s 3 per cent wage offer. Staff are seeking a 5 per cent pay rise, and a one week increase to annual leave entitlement in line with recent settlements in the public sector.

PSA Organiser Brenden Sheehan says the union members are strongly considering an escalated industrial action campaign if a fair pay offer is not made.

“This sixth strike indicates very clearly the resolve of our members. They are very disappointed that Radio New Zealand continues to remain intransigent on its position and is not willing to revise its pay offer.

“A ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ attitude is not conducive to a reaching a resolution in this dispute.

“We’re thrilled to have the support of the ‘Bird’ on the picket line today – but we need to be clear that our members are serious about getting a reasonable pay offer from their employer. Listeners can expect industrial action to escalate if no new offer is made.

“We know that National Radio and Concert FM’s large nation-wide audience are becoming frustrated by the unreliability of the network’s schedule owing to industrial action. Our members apologise for this, but feel they have no other way of making their case.

“RNZ staff urge listeners to call the network to register their support for a fair pay offer.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


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>>


Half A Billion Accounts, Including Xtra: 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>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news