Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
Work smarter with a Pro licence Learn More

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

 

$79 Million an insult to striking workers

$79 Million an insult to striking workers

Union members from the Public Service Association and the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union at TVNZ have returned to work after 24 hours of full strike action to be met by the news of another $79m of taxpayers' money going into the coffers of the Crown Owned Company.

The action succeeded in taking Daily Keno off air and resulted in a reduction in the quality of the 6pm News including the show’s lead stories being covered by junior reporters.

The union members are seeking a 5% pay rise and to maintain their service leave. TVNZ is offering no service leave and a 2.25 percent pay increase - an effective pay cut after increases in the cost of living are taken into account.

To meet the members' pay claim TVNZ would need to come up with less than $300,000. That’s less than 0.4% of today’s windfall.

EPMU Organiser Rachel Mackintosh says the escalation of industrial action is intended as a wake-up call to TVNZ. “If the company thinks they will be able to wear these workers down they should think again. Today’s news the company’s getting seventy-nine million dollars for new channels will further grate with staff whose claims are tiny by comparison.”

“If these new channels are going to work TVNZ is going to have to realise how important the people who make and air the programmes are and a good place to begin is not cutting their real pay packets.”

PSA Organiser Brenden Sheehan says TVNZ’s behaviour toward its staff is outrageous. “This company needs to see that its reputation as a serious state broadcaster and as a representative of New Zealand’s culture is taking a serious public hit as people see how poorly they behave toward their staff.

“If TVNZ is serious about decent Kiwi programming they’ll apply some decent Kiwi values and do right by their workers.” he says.

Currently the unions are investigating the possibility of legal action over what appears to be illegal strikebreaking by TVNZ.

ENDS

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On National Spreading Panic About The Economy


The lure for New Zealand to join the AUKUS military alliance is that membership of only its “second pillar” will still (supposedly) give us access to state of the art military technologies. As top US official Kurt Campbell said during his visit to Wellington a year ago:
...We've been gratified by how many countries want to join with us to work with cutting-edge technologies like in the cyber arena, hypersonics, you can go down a long list and it's great to hear that New Zealand is interested...
More


 
 


Government: Retiring Chief Of Navy Thanked For His Service

Defence Minister Judith Collins has thanked the Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral David Proctor, for his service as he retires from the Royal New Zealand Navy after 37 years. Rear Admiral Proctor will retire on 16 May to take up an employment opportunity in Australia... More


Labour: Grant Robertson To Retire From Parliament
Labour List MP and former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Grant Robertson will retire from Parliament next month, and later in the year take up the position of Vice Chancellor of the University of Otago... More

Government: Humanitarian Support For Gaza & West Bank

Winston Peters has announced NZ is providing a further $5M to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank. “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling," he said... More


Government: New High Court Judge Appointed

Judith Collins has announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English Literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996... More

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels


 
 
 
 

Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.