Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Santas picket newspaper

October 18, 2005

Santas picket newspaper

Click for big version

All they want for Christmas is a five per cent pay rise – and they’re taking to the streets to say so.

Nine workers from the tiny, Fairfax-owned Kapiti Observer in Paraparaumu are on strike and picketing outside their office near the Coastlands shopping centre – dressed in Santa suits.

It’s their seventh strike since July, and they are angry that their employer doesn’t seem to be getting the message.

“Fairfax is a huge, wealthy company,” said Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union national secretary Andrew Little.

“Last year it made a profit of $285.18 million. A five per cent pay rise for nine workers at the Kapiti Observer isn’t going to break the bank.”

The company has offered the workers a 3.5 per cent pay rise and a $600 one-off payment this year, with another three per cent rise next year, with no back dating to the expiry of the old agreement on June 30.

Mr Little said that the workers were keen to return to talks, but only if the company was going to make a realistic offer.

The Kapiti Observer is part of Fairfax’s Capital Community Newspapers. Mr Little said that workers at other newspapers in the group – the Wellingtonian, the Kapi-Mana News, the Hutt News and the Upper Hutt Leader - had also voted for industrial action.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Hospitality NZ: Hospitality Wages Jump 9% To Pass Living Wage
Wages and salaries across the hospitality sector continue to increase despite businesses having to battle through some of the toughest trading periods in living memory... More>>



Climate Leaders Coalition: Launches New Statement Of Ambition, Appoints New CEO Convenor

The Climate Leaders Coalition is tonight officially launching a new Statement of Ambition to accelerate business action on climate change... More>>


Retail: New Law Paves Way For Greater Supermarket Competition

Legislation that bans major supermarkets from blocking their competitors’ access to land to set up new stores paves the way for greater competition in the sector, Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Dr David Clark said... More>>



MYOB: New Data Shows Increase In SMEs Experiencing Stress And Anxiety

The lingering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a surge in the number of local SME owners and operators experiencing stress and anxiety, according to new research from business management platform, MYOB... More>>



Carbonz: Cashing In On Carbon: The New Marketplace Helping Native Forest To Thrive

The country’s first voluntary carbon credit marketplace, Carbonz, is here to restore native biodiversity and help Aotearoa reach its carbon zero goals by selling the first carbon credits exclusively from native forest... More>>
Entrust District: Dividend Will Be Welcomed After Another Tough Year
We’ve all heard of the saying; “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” but for Aucklanders within the Entrust District, getting their share of Entrust’s 2022 annual dividend payment really is as good as it sounds... More>>