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. […]
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.
This week, along with Labour MP Kris Faafoi, I accepted an invitation to spend a day working alongside the good folk at the Public Service Association in Wellington. As the Workplace Relations and Safety spokesperson for the Greens, I was looking forward to an interesting and informative day, and I wasn’t disappointed.
On Friday last week, the Treasury released a report by MOTU economic consultants into the effectiveness of the controversial 90-day work trial legislation. The report found that there was “no evidence that the policy affected the number of hires by firms on average, either overall or into employment that lasted beyond the trial period” – which is what National said it would do. It also had no effect on the number of “disadvantaged jobseekers” being hired. In short, 90-day trials have failed to do what National said they would do.
It’s been a busy summer for AFFCO Talley’s as they toil away tirelessly in their attempts to bust the union at their Rangiuru site in Wairoa. Not content with locking out some of their employees who belong to the Meat Workers Union as they did last year and continue to do so, or refusing to […]
Today I sent a message of support to the hospital food services staff who were picketing at Middlemore hospital in South Auckland. The picket, by Service and Food Workers Union members is in response to a proposal to contract out meal preparations at the hospitals in the three Auckland District Health Board areas. The proposal […]
We used to be a country where a fair day’s work gave you a fair day’s pay, but the gap between what workers are earning and how much they are producing is growing larger by the year. The latest news from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (the OECD) reported on Radio New Zealand […]
An innovative new type of union organisation was launched today, known as ‘Together’. The new union is designed to allow thousands of otherwise isolated workers to find out what rights they have. This includes someone in a small shop, a farm labourer, taxi driver, IT worker or casual labourer. It will connect isolated workers with others facing similar […]
Parliamentary Service has been trying to force the hard working, poorly paid support staff of Parliament to take cuts to their pay package. These are not the ‘political’ staff – they are the people who do things like security, messenger services, and building maintenance at Parliament. As is only fair, the staff have been resisting […]
Occasionally employers get up to some very strange things. First we have Spotless Cleaning company which last year had to be compelled to accept a nationwide deal that everyone else in the health sector had signed up to, to raise the living wages of cleaners and cooks in our public hospitals. Nine months after that […]