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New collective agreement for SKYCITY signed

New collective agreement for SKYCITY Auckland signed

Members of the Service and Food Workers Union Nga Ringa Tota at SKYCITY Auckland are pleased to have a new collective agreement signed, after 6 months of negotiations.

The new agreement, effective from 1 October 2008 - 31 December 2010 means that members who have been working at SKYCITY for 3 years or more will earn a minimum of $15 per hour.

Workers at SKYCITY are now covered by a single collective agreement and have the choice of joining either of the two unions on the site.

Jill Ovens, SFWU Northern Regional Secretary says the new agreement means a pay increase of 5% for all employees, with a further 4% increase from 1 January 2010.

"Our members are really pleased with the agreement because union members will get two lump sum payments, which will not be passed on to non-union freeloaders!" she says.

A full time employee working 40hrs a week will receive $500 gross within 14 days of ratification and then another $200 if they are still working for SKYCITY on 1 January 2010.

The package also includes recognition of long service for employees with more than 5 years service.

There is also an allowance for 'unpleasant duties', for which the cleaners, groundspeople and trades assistants have been fighting for years.

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