Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Oil-rig workers settle deal

Oil-rig workers settle deal

Onshore oil-rig workers have voted to accept a deal hammered out last night, saying it addresses all their claims.

Some 100 workers at exploration sites in Taranaki and Taupo walked off the job on Friday over the failure to settle their multi-employer collective agreement in three months of negotiating.

On Sunday, the Employment Court ordered them to return to work pending a full injunction hearing tomorrow, but talks last night came up with a deal that workers today voted unanimously to accept.

Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union national secretary Andrew Little said that workers had won a pay rise of five per cent for 18 months, backdated to September 1, and a substantial allowance for working with new hazardous substances like synthetic mud.

Other wins included a 10 per cent increase in the level of redundancy compensation, an agreement that workers would be paid 12 hours’ pay if they were required to attend training in their weeks off the rig, and the provision of hot meals for all workers.

“For the first time in 20 years, waged workers will get hot meals at work,” he said.

“Historically, hot meals were available for salaried workers only. This is a real win for the waged workers.”

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election