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

 

Tritec workers protest for redundancy


December 10, 2008
Media Release

Tritec workers protest for redundancy

Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union members at Lower Hutt manufacturer Tritec will be picketing the premises at 3:45pm this afternoon after the company announced it will be laying off 25 workers and will not negotiate a redundancy deal.

The union has been trying to negotiate a first-ever collective agreement with the company with the intent of gaining redundancy protections.

EPMU national secretary Andrew Little says the union has worked hard to negotiate a fair deal with the company but members have lost patience.

“We’ve tried to get a basic redundancy clause and suggested outcomes including delaying some payment until the company is back in good financial shape but this morning they shut the door on any offer of redundancy.

“We know the company is under pressure because of the markets they sell in, but there’s 25 working families facing hardship at a time of year that already places strain on household budgets and some modest compensation to get them through is necessary.

“This situation highlights the need for a minimum redundancy law for all workers.

“The irony is that just down the road in Wellington the National/Act government is using urgency to pass a law that will mean even more insecurity for them as they look for and take up new jobs.

“This is not what National told New Zealand workers they would be doing to them during the election campaign.”

Earlier this year an Advisory Group on redundancy and restructuring, which included business and worker representation, agreed that the Government should consider a minimum entitlement for notice and compensation in redundancy.

The EPMU is New Zealand’s largest private sector union, representing 50,000 workers across eleven industries.

The picket will be for half an hour starting 3.45pm sharp in front of Tritec Manufacturing, Parkside Rd Gracefield Lower Hutt

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Last Night’s Leaders Debate

Do political debates change voter intentions, and cause voters to switch sides? According to a 2019 Harvard Business School study conducted across 61 elections in nine countries involving 172,000 respondents, the answer would seem to be a resounding “No.” Political debates have little effect on voter behaviour, let alone on election outcomes. Crucially, the limited effect they do have does not involve a change in voters’ policy preferences... More>>

 

Government: More Border Exceptions For Critical Roles

The Government has established class exceptions for border entry for a limited number of veterinarians, deep sea fishing crew, as well as agricultural and horticultural machinery operators. “Tight border restrictions remain the backbone of the Government’s ... More>>

ALSO:

PM: Auckland At Bolstered Level 2, Rest Of Country Provisionally At Level 1

Pandemic alert levels for the whole country have been reviewed by Cabinet and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is announcing whether restrictions will be eased. More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Supporting Workers And Valuing Their Contribution

Making sure working New Zealanders are safe, healthy and that their contribution to the economy is valued is at the heart of Labour’s Workplace Relations Policy.
“This is Labour demonstrating its commitment to helping working New Zealanders by increasing sick leave, raising wages, protecting them while they are at work, growing jobs and investing in the economy,”... More>>

ALSO:

PREFU: Economy Doing Better Than Forecast

The Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update released today shows that the near-term economic recovery has been stronger than the Treasury and many economists predicted at the May Budget, as the economy bounced back strongly out of lockdown... More>>

ALSO:


Electoral Commission: Candidate And Party Lists Released

17 registered political parties and 677 candidates will be contesting the 2020 General Election Nominations have now closed and the Electoral Commission has released the electorate and party list candidates for 2020 online at vote.nz . Advance voting ... More>>

National: Plan To Restore NZ’s Prosperity

National’s Economic and Fiscal Plan carefully balances the need to invest in infrastructure and core public services while also reducing tax pressure on Kiwi families and businesses. National Leader Judith Collins and Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith unveiled National’s ... More>>

ALSO:

NZ First: Party List

New Zealand First has a proven twenty-seven-year history of bringing balance and common sense to our government. Amid the continued setbacks of COVID-19 restrictions, New Zealand First has once again sustained its profile by selecting a strong team ... More>>

Election: Arriving Travellers In Isolation To Be Able To Vote By Telephone

Up to 5,000 people in managed isolation or quarantine will be able to vote by telephone in the general election and referendums after an amendment to electoral regulations last week. Chief Electoral Officer Alicia Wright says the Electoral Commission sought ... More>>

National: Investing In Our Children’s Future

A National Government will prioritise lifting achievement for all New Zealand children, no matter their background or ability, National Party Leader Judith Collins and National’s Education spokesperson Nicola Willis say. “Parents just want what’s best for ... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels