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FIRST Union congratulates care workers, prepares claim for retail workers

FIRST Union is congratulating care workers, their unions - E tū, NZNO and the PSA - and pay equity champion Kristine Bartlett for securing an offer of a historic pay equity settlement.

Historic day as caregivers offered equal pay settlement

Unions representing care and support workers are pleased to be jointly announcing with government a proposed equal pay settlement to 55,000 workers across the aged residential, disability and home support sectors.

Union calls for action on OECD redundancy report

FIRST Union is condemning Workplace Relations Minister Michael Woodhouse for refusing to act on an OECD report showing New Zealanders who are made redundant tend to suffer a drop in wages and job security.

Apprenticeship scheme tackles skills shortage

An apprenticeship programme in the Waikato District is playing its part to address the skills shortage in the New Zealand roading industry following the graduation of its first intake last month.

Labour productivity falls on high input growth

Labour productivity fell 0.7 percent in the year ended March 2016, StatsNZ said today. Labour inputs for the measured sector increased 3.3 percent, the largest increase since the beginning of the series (1996).

Hearing challenges aren't a barrier to success in the Civil Infrastructure Industry

Hearing challenges aren't a barrier to success in the Civil Infrastructure Industry for one long-time Higgins Christchurch employee who has just achieved an industry qualification.

Mayor’s Council and CCO shake-up 'must be more than a PR exercise'

Mayor Phil Goff’s proposed review of Auckland Council and its Council-controlled organisations (CCOs) must not be another exercise in restructuring for the sake of it, and it must safeguard the expertise and functionality of long-serving Local Government staff, the PSA says.

Women's day should mean equal pay - Green Party

The Green Party is calling on the Government to do something meaningful for the women of New Zealand this International Women’s Day, by picking up a Member’s Bill on pay transparency that’s currently in the ballot.

4000 apply for 26 jobs - were 3974 lazy, drug addicts?

So far Prime Minister Bill English has called out-of-work New Zealanders druggies and lazy. "We have a question for him: what does he call the 4000 people who applied for 26 WorkSafe positions around the country?

PM uses 'alternative facts' about Kiwis looking for work

Working people are calling on the Prime Minister to show more respect for Kiwis looking for work.

E tu forced to withdraw from Mayoral meeting on Cadbury

E tÅ« union was forced to withdraw from today’s Mayoral forum on the proposed closure of Dunedin’s Cadbury factory, citing legal concerns.

Job advertisements up 0.5 per cent in January 2017

The number of online job advertisements grew by 0.5 per cent in January 2017 and by 12 per cent over the year to January, according to the latest Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Jobs Online report.

Settlement of NZRDA MECA reached

NZRDA and the DHBs have agreed to a settlement of the MECA during negotiations today. The DHB bargaining team will recommend settlement to the CEs at a meeting on Thursday, prior to NZRDA formally proceeding to ratification by its members.

Tech capital of NZ recruiting talent

LookSee Wellington, a new global talent search initiative that aims to address the city’s IT skills shortage and position the industry for further growth, is now accepting registrations from talented tech professionals from around the globe.

Living Wage rate to be announced

The official 2017 New Zealand Living Wage will be announced next Tuesday 21 February at 12:01am. The Living Wage is defined as:

Cabin crew seek inclusion in CAA regulations on flight fatigue

Cabin crew say it’s time they were included in Civil Aviation Authority regulations, including rules related to fatigue. While pilots are covered by the regulations, cabin crew are not.

Could you be breaking the 'laws of love' on Valentine's Day in the office?

For most people Valentine’s Day (14 February) is innocent fun, a day where many couples simply celebrate being together. And it’s not uncommon to find people who work together in a close personal relationship.

RSE employers hiring more Kiwis - Woodhouse

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse welcomes a report showing the vast majority of employers who take on seasonal workers under the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme are also employing more New Zealanders.

Integrated temporary employees make powerful brand - Hays

Organisations are adding temporary and contract employees to their workforce, but are they missing a trick? According to recruiting experts Hays, employers who effectively integrate temporary and contract employees into their team attain a far greater end result than those who don’t.

Minimum wage to increase to $15.75

The minimum wage will increase by 50 cents to $15.75 an hour on 1 April 2017, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse announced today.

Waikato DHB offers $200 an hour to undermine strike - NZRDA

Waikato DHB is offering resident doctors up to $200 an hour to break the strike and work during the upcoming three day strike commencing on Tuesday, January 17th over safer hours.

St John deducts paramedics' wages as contract dispute escalates

The union representing 1000 ambulance officers across the country is condemning St John’s decision to deduct 10% off the wages of ambulance officers taking strike action.

Social media is your online CV

While social media might be seen by many as a bit of fun and a way to stay in touch with family and friends, it is also a lot more than that.

Ambos renew strike action at St John

St John ambulance staff are taking a "tea cup protest" outside their employer’s head office today before a second round of strike action at the emergency service provider kicks off tomorrow.

Educators welcome significant step towards fair pay for women

Education union NZEI Te Riu Roa welcomes the government’s decision today to implement the Equal Pay Principles, a framework for women workers to address gender pay discrimination.

PSA welcomes government’s decision on Equal Pay

New Zealand can once again claim to be a leader in gender equality today, the PSA says - as the government has accepted the Joint Working Group’s recommendations on equal pay.

Govt accepts recommendations on pay equity

The Government will update the Equal Pay Act and amend the Employment Relations Act to implement recommendations of the Joint Working Group on Pay Equity.

Increase in seasonal workers for RSE

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse today announced an increase in the number of seasonal workers who can come to New Zealand to work in the horticulture and viticulture industry under the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme.

'Worker safety paramount' in Wellington post-quake investigations

The Public Service Association Te PÅ«kenga Here Tikanga Mahi is welcoming an investigation into the serious damage sustained at Statistics House in Wellington.

Lift pay of support staff to that of prison officers - NZEI

NZEI Te Riu Roa is calling on the Government to acknowledge low paid women "working for free" from today, by lifting the pay of education support workers and teacher aides to equal that paid to corrections officers.

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