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New Zealand’s worst employment contract

25 June 2008


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New Zealand’s worst employment contract

Unite Union is welcoming the government’s intention to provide more protection for casual and part-time employees. If it’s followed through it should mean big improvements for workers employed under what the union calls “New Zealand’s worst employment contract.”

This contract covers workers in the foodcourt at Auckland International Airport. This year most of these workers received a 6% cut in pay when the company cut standard shift hours from 40 to 37.5 hours per week. These cuts included workers who have worked at the site for many years.

“These workers should be permanent but their contract treats them as casual with no fixed or guaranteed hours of work” says Unite Union National Director Mike Treen. “They don’t even have a finishing time for their shifts – just a start time”.

The proposed new law will be welcomed by the union.

“We are negotiating with the company for a collective agreement but the changes they are offering so far are peripheral.”

Workers took strike action 2 weeks ago and are considering further action at union meetings this week.



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