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


TVNZ mediation failure leads to legal action

EPMU and PSA joint media release

20th November 2006

TVNZ mediation failure leads to legal action

Today's mediation between the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union, the Public Service Association and TVNZ has failed after the company refused to produce an offer that was acceptable to union members.

The collapse of mediation comes after nearly a month of strike action by union members and the broadcaster now faces legal action over a range of tactics that the Unions believe to be in breach of the Employment Relations Act.

EPMU Organiser Rachel Mackintosh says the Crown Owned Company's attitude is astounding. "TVNZ are refusing to recognise the significant ill-will they are generating by mistreating their staff this way. This is the kind of cowboy behaviour you just don't expect from a taxpayer-owned company."

PSA Organiser Brenden Sheehan says TVNZ can expect to see a strong reaction to the breakdown of mediation. "Our membership had hoped TVNZ would come to its senses once a mediator got involved but an outcome like this will just increase their resolve to escalate their industrial action."

The unions cover over 300 TVNZ members between them and there have been fourteen lightning strike actions so far.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>


BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>


Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>


State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>





Featured InfoPages