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

 


Justice for the Highland Park cinema workers


Event are Miserables- Justice for the Highland Park cinema workers- Rally TODAY Thursday at 5pm

Event Cinemas have laid off Highland park workers, many with long service of 8, 12 and 16 years length, and paid them only 2 weeks pay. Workers in Aotearoa have no basic rights to redundancy protected by law, as most other workers do in developed countries. How they have been treated could happen to us all, and in these times of recession and cutbacks, it is unjust that a company that can spend millions on Digital and 3D Projection technology can not do the right thing by workers who have given them a huge part of their working lives.

"Join the brave women and men of Highland Park on Thursday 7th February at 5pm, for a mass picket at Event Cinemas in Queen Street. Invite your workmates and friends, bring your union, community and party banners. It is about time that workers in New Zealand had basic rights, and that the Multinational Corporations who profit and siphon the wealth out of here paid the rent." said Joe Carolan, Unite Union organiser.

Helen Kelly from the CTU said-

""The CTU stands beside these brave women and men from Event Cinemas, who have been treated appaulingly by this muiltinational corporation. Its time that redundacy pay was taken out of the hands of companies and enshrined in law- NZ is one of the few western countries without statutory redundancy provision."

An injury to one is an injury to all.

Pakuranga's Local Catholic Deacon, Chris Sullivan, will also be attending today's rally, because he believes this is an issue of corporate morality.

"The Event Cinema in Highland Park was our local Cinema. Our family often went there. We were shocked when it closed down. I was more shocked that the redundant workers were only paid a paltry 2 weeks redundancy pay, despite some having many years of service. Traditionally, New Zealand workers were paid redundancy of 4 weeks pay for the first year and 2 weeks pay for each subsequent year employed. In Australia, the law provides for redundancy pay at a rate only slightly lower than this. World Bank research (1) shows that NZ comes right at the bottom of the list of legal redundancy entitlements. Even Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and China have more generous redundancy laws than we do. There is an urgent need for government to legislate for decent redundancy pay. Workers have a right to compensation to assist with the costs of finding a new job and the costs of providing for themselves and their families while they are out of work. Employers accept this principle. It is the norm for business executives to be paid redundancy pay. Top executives are frequently paid very generous severance pay - sometimes millions of dollars. Telecom chief executive Paul Reynolds got a ‘termination payment’ of $1.75 million on leaving Telecom last year. The Catholic Church teaches that workers have the right to form Trade Unions and to take reasonable industrial action in pursuit of justice in the workplace; and that "Unemployment almost always wounds its victim's dignity and threatens the equilibrium of his life. Besides the harm done to him personally, it entails many risks for his family" (2).

Footnotes: (1) Catechism of the Catholic Church 2435-6. www.scborromeo.org/ccc/p3s2c2a7.htm#2435 (2) http://siteresources.worldbank.org/SOCIALPROTECTION/Resources/SP-Discussion-papers/Labor-Market-DP/1111.pdf God Bless Chris Sullivan


Facebook event page- A rally to support these brave workers, laid off with only 2 weeks redundancy pay,this thursday at 5pm in Queen Street https://www.facebook.com/events/578268278850295/
Supported by CTU and Unions Auckland.

Unite union is arguing for a minimum four weeks redundancy, and 2 weeks for every additional year worked as recognition for length of service.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Auckland Relocation Grants: 12 Grants Paid So Far

Since the policy took effect one month ago, 12 applicants have received the non-recoverable grant, supporting 32 people. $54,508 has been paid out, covering things like moving costs, bond, rent in advance and letting fees. More>>

ALSO:

Vaccine Funding Change: HPV Vaccines For All Children

PHARMAC has today announced changes to funded vaccines, which will benefit an extra 100,000 people... The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine will be available for all children and adults up to the age of 26 years, and boys will now be included in the HPV school vaccination programme. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why The Opinion Polls For Key And Trump Defy Gravity

What is going on? Donald Trump got confirmed as the Republican presidential candidate at a bizarrely chaotic political convention… and promptly received an upwards bump in the polls to where he’s now rating ahead of Hillary Clinton, for only the second time this year. More>>

Sugar: Auckland Leisure Centres Axe Unhealthy Drinks

Auckland Council is to stop selling drinks that are sweetened by sugar from vending machines at its leisure centres in a bid to try to reduce obesity and type 2 diabetes... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Todd McClay’s Faulty Memory

Time and again, whenever an issue arises the initial response by government is to deny or diminish the problem – nothing to worry about here, everything’s OK, move on. Then, hang on. In line with the usual pattern, as embarrassing details emerged into daylight, the story changed. More>>

ALSO:

Labour's 'Future Of Work': Major Reform Of Careers And Apprenticeships

The next Labour Government will transform careers advice in high schools to ensure every student has a personalised career plan, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

State Investments Management: Treasury Likes IRD, Not Education Or Corrections

The Inland Revenue Department has scored an 'A' in the first tranche of the Treasury's investor confidence rating for state agencies that manage significant Crown investments and assets, gaining greater autonomy as a result, while the Corrections and Education ministries gained a 'C' rating. More>>

ALSO:

Govt Goal: NZ To Be "Predator Free" By 2050

Prime Minister John Key has today announced the Government has adopted the goal of New Zealand becoming Predator Free by 2050... “That’s why we have adopted this goal. Our ambition is that by 2050 every single part of New Zealand will be completely free of rats, stoats and possums." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news