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'Urgent action needed' on cleaning industry training

Figures just released by NZQA showing a shocking level of training uptake by cleaners has led to calls from New Zealand’s leading commercial company CrestClean for the introduction of a National Standard for the $1 billion commercial cleaning industry.

240 Orora workers take industrial action

Workers at Orora Kiwi Packaging in Auckland, Hastings and Christchurch have voted to take a two-week overtime ban after collective bargaining with their employer broke down. The ban could threaten the supply of boxes for the kiwifruit, wine and meat industries.

Auckland and Canterbury lead way as job ads edge higher

Demand for labour edged higher in February led by Auckland and Canterbury, latest ANZ job advertising data suggests.

Constraining public sector pay 'real objective' of MP pay Bill

The real objective of the Remuneration Authority Amendment Bill is to use the public backlash against MPs’ pay rises to constrain the pay of public sector workers, the Green Party said today.

External reference group for Future of Work Commission announced

Labour’s Finance spokesperson and Chair of the Future of Work Commission Grant Robertson has announced the membership of the External Reference Group which will guide the Commission’s work over the next two years.

Skilled job vacancies up February

The number of skilled job vacancies advertised online grew by 0.4 per cent for the month of February, and were up 5.8 per cent in the past year to February, according to the latest Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Jobs Online report.

Woodhouse welcomes skilled migrants

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse welcomes new figures out today showing an increasing number of skilled migrants coming to New Zealand as a sign of the country’s strong economic outlook.

Employers 'face looming crisis in engagement'

Lack of employee engagement is the top issue currently facing 87 percent of human resource (HR) and business leaders, up from 79 percent last year, according to a Deloitte survey.

Hundreds of rebuild workers to get free work health checks

Around four hundred Canterbury construction workers will receive free health advice and checks over the next fortnight to help raise awareness about the health risks they face on site.

Workers' rights reduced from today - NZNO

Nurses say that changes to employment law that come into effect today will make it much harder for workers to get a fair deal.

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