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

 

Metals hits 100 – but disputes continue

May 13, 2005


Media Release

Metals hits 100 – but disputes continue

One hundred companies are now part of the influential Metals agreement – more than a week ahead of the union’s target.

Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union national secretary Andrew Little said that he was delighted with progress.

“Last week we announced the settlement of the Metals agreement with 73 companies,” he said. “We said that we intended to have that number up to 100 by May 20. We signed up the 100th yesterday, more than a week ahead of schedule. This confirms that the Metals is a live agreement and that employers accept that five per cent is the going pay rise.”

However, disputes continue in some areas. Workers at rangehood manufacturer Robin Hood are this morning picketing the plant as part of a three-day strike in support of their claim to be part of the Metals agreement.

The 75 workers walked off the job on Wednesday after bosses at the Auckland plant refused to sign into the recently settled Metals and Manufacturing Industries Collective Agreement.

Mr Little said that the company appeared to be confused about the status of the Metals agreement, and thought that they couldn’t sign up to it without the approval of the EMA.

“The EMA was the employers’ advocate, but it informed the union that it no longer represented the group,” he said. “The union then negotiated directly with employers, and reached agreement.

“The Metals is settled and there is nothing to stop companies signing into it. The workers at Robin Hood are becoming very frustrated with the situation, which has led to the current strike.”

Robin Hood is owned by Australian company Allesco. The picket is at the plant at 6 Zelandian Dr, East Tamaki.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>

 
 

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>

ALSO:

Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>

ALSO:

Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>

ALSO:

United Future History: "All Good Things Must End"

'We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 15 years, working alongside the government of the day, both National and Labour.' Mr Light told members on Monday. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Outcome, And The Hobbit Law

Somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in Vietnam have announced a deal in broad principle, shunted aside until a later date the stuff on which they don’t agree, and declared victory. More>>

Agreeing To Differ: Greens Maintain Opposition To TPPA
“The Green Party has long opposed the TPPA. The new proposed deal, which came out of the weekend’s talks, still contains key ISDS concessions to corporations that put our democracy at risk, so our position remains the same,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman. More>>

ALSO:

Monitoring Report: A New Chapter For Children’s Rights In New Zealand?

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the country to embrace children’s rights to ensure their overall well-being. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election