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


Telecoms workers strike

October 13, 2005

Telecoms workers strike

Many of the workers who maintain the Telecom network will strike Friday in protest over their low wages.

Field staff employed by Transfield will take industrial action after weeks of fruitless negotiations with the company.

Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union national secretary Andrew Little said that the workers were frustrated by the company’s refusal to lift its wage offer above two per cent.

“That will not even keep up with inflation,” he said.

“This is a highly skilled, dedicated workforce. These are the people who are out in storms fixing our telephone lines while the rest of us are safe inside. They’ve seen their pay and conditions being steadily eroded over the past decade or so to the point where they are now seeing their teenaged children earn more than they do, and they’re saying enough is enough. Five per cent is the going rate, and they deserve it as much as anyone.”

Mr Little said that the industrial action would vary from “Telecom patch to patch”, but would mainly be a strike tomorrow, followed by a ban on overtime and call-outs from Monday.

Workers would consider responding to genuine emergencies on a case-by-case basis, he said.

* Telecom contracts out most of its lines work. The two main contractors are Transfield and Downer.


© 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>>