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

 


Equal Pay for Work of Equal Skill

26th June 2006

Rail Workers Industrial Action for Equal Pay for Work of Equal Skill

Approximately 600 Rail & Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) members employed by Ontrack gave 14 days notice of industrial action on 14th June. The action will be a total ban on overtime and callouts.

The notice of industrial action was given after Ontrack refused to make an offer on increases to wage rates of more than the rate of inflation (3.4%).

“The RMTU has claimed wage increases to bring Ontrack workers up to the average hourly rate paid for a worker of similar skill in the rail industry,” said Scott Wilson, advocate for the RMTU.

“The Union has benchmarked the skill level and rates of pay of Ontrack workers against similarly skilled workers employed by the other employers in the industry and found significant gaps.”

The wage rates claimed will bring a track worker - those currently out laying and maintaining track in the rail and snow - up to $16.22 an hour.

“The Union claim is essentially one of “equal pay for work of equal skill. Ontrack has disputed the benchmarking and told the RMTU that they should be benchmarking against workers outside the rail industry.”

“The Union is sorry for the disruption to the travelling public, but the insistence of Ontrack has left is members no choice if they wish to achieve similar wages on average with the rest of the rail industry,” said Scott Wilson.

The Union has undertaken to ensure that emergency work, where there is a risk of injury to the travelling public or other rail workers will be done during the dispute. The overtime and callout ban has the potential to cause significant disruption, with rail infrastructure, including the signalling equipment, requiring constant maintenance to keep it operating.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

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>>

Earlier:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news