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


CDHB Worries Pickets May Mean ‘Blue Flu’

Monday 12 September 2005

CDHB Worries Pickets May Mean ‘Blue Flu’

“NUPE delegates seeking a 30% catch-up have decided to continue with their strike and will now begin to picket the Canterbury District Health Board’s (CDHB) Hospitals tomorrow (Tuesday),” said Martin Cooney, organiser with the National Union of Public Employees (NUPE).

Martin Cooney said that 250 of the striking NUPE members had rallied today at Labour Party HQ in Christchurch to seek funding for an acceptable offer for support and other staff members.

“Pickets will begin round 7am Tuesday at Burwood, Christchurch Public, Princess Margaret and Hillmorton Hospitals,” said Martin Cooney. “Delegates had hoped the Government would intervene today to lift the 1.7% available for support staff and avoid the inevitable difficulties ahead once pickets start.”

“For example, the CDHB expects a number of staff to not cross the picket line and ring in sick with ‘blue flu’,” said Martin Cooney. “An email sent out to staff by managers last week warned that all staff who phone in sick during the strike action will be required to produce a medical certificate. ”

“This move is illegal but typical of the sort of issues that emerge in this situation,” said Martin Cooney. “Another email warned that security had been organised for the Hillmorton and TPMH sites. The Boards misunderstands why fellow workers often refuse to cross picket lines and go home.”

“NUPE’s argument is with the Government not the other staff in the CDHB. Picket captains have been told to take a high profile at Hospital gates when staff are arriving, but to back away from any direct conflict tomorrow.”


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Media Mega Merger: StuffMe Hearing Argues Over Moveable Feast

New Zealand's two largest news publishers are appealing against the Commerce Commission's rejection of the proposal to merge their operations. More>>


Approval: Northern Corridor Decision Released

The approval gives the green light to construction of the last link of Auckland’s Western Ring Route, providing an alternative route from South Auckland to the North Shore. More>>


Crown Accounts: $4.1 Billion Surplus

The New Zealand Government has achieved its third fiscal surplus in a row with the Crown accounts for the year ended 30 June 2017 showing an OBEGAL surplus of $4.1 billion, $2.2 billion stronger than last year, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says. More>>


Mycoplasma Bovis: One New Property Tests Positive

The newly identified property... was already under a Restricted Place notice under the Biosecurity Act. More>>

Accounting Scandal: Suspension Of Fuji Xerox From All-Of-Government Contract

General Manager of New Zealand Government Procurement John Ivil says, “FXNZ has been formally suspended from the Print Technology and Associated Services (PTAS) contract and terminated from the Office Supplies contract.” More>>