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

 

Questions over Air NZ claim

October 17, 2006

Questions over Air NZ claim

Unions call lawyers over Qantas revelations that it hasn’t cancelled a contract

The unions representing Air New Zealand ground staff are seeking urgent legal advice in the wake of revelations that the airline might not have lost a contract with Qantas after all – the reason given for proposals to slash the payroll.

D1Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union national secretary Andrew Little said that the report in today’s Independent Financial Review was totally at odds with what unions had been told by Air New Zealand.

“If the report in the Independent is true, it raises major questions about the integrity of the company’s representations to the unions,” he said.

“That is a very serious situation and we are taking urgent legal advice.”

The EPMU, which represents about 1400 ground staff, and the Service and Food Workers’ Union, which covers about 200 ground staff, have been told that Air New Zealand has lost a contract to do Qantas’ domestic handling in New Zealand, and must therefore cut $20 million from the payroll.

The company proposes making some 1600 workers redundant and contracting work out, and it is currently involved in a 58-day consultation process with the unions.

But today the Independent quoted a Qantas manager as saying that the contract had not been cancelled, but was up for review as part of the normal business process.

Service and Food Workers’ Union Auckland secretary Jill Ovens said that workers were furious over the revelations.

“To say that they are angry is an understatement,” she said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: on the inquiry into the abuse of children in care

Apparently, PM Jacinda Ardern has chosen to exclude faith-based institutions from the government’s promised inquiry into the abuse of children in state care.

Any role for religious institutions – eg the Catholic Church – would be only to observe and to learn from any revelations that arise from the inquiry’s self-limiting focus on state-run institutions… More

 

Gordon Campbell: On Jim Anderton
For anyone born after 1975, it is hard to grasp just how important a figure Jim Anderton was, for an entire generation.
During the mid to late 1980s, Anderton was the only significant public figure of resistance to the Labour government’s headlong embrace of Thatcherism...More>>

ALSO:


Gong Time: New Year's Honours List

Jacinda Ardern today congratulated the 179 New Zealanders named on the 2018 New Year’s Honours List.

“Although this list was compiled and completed by the last government, it is a pleasure to welcome in the New Year by recognising exceptional New Zealanders,” Jacinda Ardern said.

“As an Aunty, I love reading books to my nieces, so it’s lovely to congratulate Joy Cowley, who is made a member of the Order of New Zealand today....More
Full list


Roads: National launches bid to save highway projects

The National Party has launched a series of petitions aimed at saving regional highway projects at risk because of the Government’s obsession with Auckland trams…More>>

ALSO:


Medical Cannabis: Bill Introduced to “ease suffering”

Health Minister Dr David Clark says making medicinal cannabis more readily available will help relieve the suffering of people who are dying in pain More>>

ALSO:

Campbell: On The Quest For Zero Net Carbon Emissions
Some would querulously ask, zero net carbon emissions by 2050 – while others would say, why not?
More>>

ALSO:

CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages