1200 staff from the University of Auckland are stopping work today – calling on the Vice-Chancellor to offer union members a fair and equitable increase in pay. We’re really supportive of this effort and the work that the Tertiary Education Union are doing to expand the number of people who are paid a living wage. […]
Living Wage campaigners have calculated that it now takes a wage of at least $20.20 an hour to support a decent quality of life in New Zealand. The minimum wage is just $15.25, rising to $15.75 on April 1. For most people, that’s not enough to live on. It’s a common misconception that the only […]
I had a good friend who worked at Parliament in various roles in the catering services over a number of years. I saw her almost every day. She always made me and many other people feel welcome and she went to extra effort to make sure we received quality service. She was also a really […]
Threats by the Aviation Security Service (AvSec) that striking workers could be locked out are a classic example of a public service employer playing hardball, backed by an anti-worker government.
Currently, some NZ Bus drivers in Wellington earn up to $5 per hour more than the drivers at some rival bus companies in other parts of the country. Those rival companies are likely to be able to bid for the Wellington bus contracts at a lower price, because they pay their drivers less.
These caregivers are paid the bare minimum wage and it would be very easy for them to be grumpy and resentful. It is a testament to the good of people that after 16 years Dilani and others are still fully engaged and focused on caring for their “extended family”. They bloody well deserve to be paid and valued a whole lot more than they are now.
Good on the midwives taking their case straight to the High Court. Of course, it’s for the Court to decide if this is a case of gender discrimination, but the public arguments sounds pretty compelling. I’m not sure how anyone would think a midwife, after three years of training, with significant legal and medical responsibilities, […]