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Increase in Pacific worker numbers good for horticulture - HortNZ

Horticulture New Zealand is pleased Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni and Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway have increased the amount of Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers who will be available for the upcoming busy fruit harvest season.

'Tranzurban delivered 96.7% of commuter services' during industrial action

Tranzurban delivered 96.7% of commuter services and 100% of school services in Wellington and the Hutt Valley during today’s industrial action.

Reefton RSA named Supreme Winner at Community Awards

Reefton Returned and Services Association has taken top honours for Buller District at the West Coast’s biggest annual celebration of volunteers, the Trustpower Community Awards.

Pay rates for NGO social workers should not be left behind - NZCCSS

NZCCSS welcomes the announcement today that Oranga Tamariki social workers have reached agreement on a pay equity settlement.

Lax approach to forestry operation leaves worker injured - WorkSafe

Rotorua based logging operator Cropp Logging was sentenced in the Tauranga District Court today after an incident where a worker was struck by a tumbling log.

Part-time workers most likely to lend a hand - Stats NZ

Part-time workers, particularly women and those aged 65 years and older, were the workers most likely to do volunteer work, Stats NZ said today.

Understanding sex industry rights and legal obligations - Immigration NZ

Immigration New Zealand is taking a proactive approach to better understanding issues within the sex industry as part of wider work on exploitation. Addressing the exploitation of migrants is a priority for Immigration New Zealand (INZ).

Waikato bus drivers strike for the third time as Go Bus requests arbitration

Over a hundred drivers in the Waikato region will once again carry out strike and picket action as the relationship with their employer Go Bus hits new lows.

Job advertisements continue to rise in July 2018

The number of online job advertisements rose by 0.6 per cent in the month of July 2018 and 7.1 per cent over the year, according to the latest Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Jobs Online monthly data release.

Govt invests further $3m to tackle Bay of Plenty youth unemployment

Minister of Employment Willie Jackson announced at today’s Bay of Connections annual forum a further $3.08 million investment to tackle youth unemployment in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

Employment highest ever for women - Stats NZ

The seasonally adjusted employment rate for women rose to 62.8 percent in the June 2018 quarter, Stats NZ said today. This follows an employment rate of 62.6 percent last quarter.

Minimum wage pushes up private sector pay rates - Stats NZ

The rise in the minimum wage helped lift private sector salary and wage rates 2.1 percent in the June 2018 year, Stats NZ said today.

Slight rise in unemployment and underutilisation rates - Stats NZ

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 4.5 percent in the June 2018 quarter, up from 4.4 percent last quarter, Stats NZ said today.

IR keen for bargaining to recommence

Commissioner of Inland Revenue Naomi Ferguson is calling for a resumption of talks with the union that represents about half the agency’s staff.

Court action: When is a worker a contractor versus an employee?

FIRST Union plans to seek a determination in the Employment Court as to whether courier drivers are employees and therefore covered by employment legislation.

Strike at Maori TV

Union members at Maori TV will walk off the job for 24 hours on August 8 in protest over the TV channel’s unfair and discriminatory treatment.

Thousands to sign banner for better work in retail

As part of FIRST Union’s stop work meetings at 58 locations around the country (more than 5,300 attendees), retail workers will be signing one of our largest banners ever in support of the three tenets of our Worth It campaign.

Smith City 'turns a corner to a more progressive work future'

FIRST Union is pleased Smith City has joined the workers’ movement towards a more progressive work future for all New Zealanders. The company has announced it will pay its 591 workers a Living Wage from October.

Council of Trade Unions agrees MSD should only promote decent jobs

The Council of Trade Unions welcomes the Ministry of Social Development’s statement that helping Tranzit recruit for bus-driving jobs that are under dispute was inappropriate. CTU President Richard Wagstaff says the call, made yesterday, is the right one.

Job advertisements: Going in reverse

ANZ Job Ads fell 1.6% in June (seasonally adjusted), and was down 1.2% over the quarter (3mma). The economy has been decelerating for a while, and now job ads growth has stalled and is starting to move in the wrong direction. Annual growth moderated to 2.9% y/y from 3.9% (3mma).

Equality at work is improving but at a glacial pace - HRC

Women continue to feature in negative labour market indicators according to a new report from the Human Rights Commission. Groups that are particularly marginalised include young Māori and Pasifika women and young Pasifika men.

Young people choose to earn, not learn - Stats NZ

People in their early twenties are more likely to be earning and less likely to be learning, Stats NZ said today. Since 2004 (when the series began), 20-24-year-olds have been the key contributors to the number of young men and women not in employment, education, or training (NEET).

Living wage win for core public services shows success of campaign - CTU

The Council of Trade Unions President Richard Wagstaff congratulated Living Wage Aotearoa and the Government for moving to a living wage of at least $20.55 an hour by the first of September for all people employed in the core public service.

Unite to picket Wendy's Dominion store tonight

Wendy's was given an interim injunction by the Employment Court yesterday against Unite Union to stop picketers trespassing on the company's land. The union has disputed whether the employment court had the jurisdiction to issue such injunctions in the circumstances.

Survey 'shows just how critical 90-day trial periods are for business and workers'

A recent nationwide survey of businesses and employers have found that the 90-day trial periods give business the confidence to take on staff they otherwise would not have.

90-day trial periods, 'take a chance on me' legislation

Findings from a nationwide survey of employers have found that the 90-day trial periods should be called the "take a chance on me" legislation.

Job advertisements: Going soft

ANZ Job Ads increased 2.2% in May (seasonally adjusted), following a 2.0% fall in April. "While job ads increased this month, they remain consistent with soft employment growth," said ANZ Senior Economist, Liz Kendall.

Motherhood pay penalty 'not a reality for all'

Organisers of New Zealand’s Equal Pay Awards have applauded the research paper by MOTU that found that New Zealand’s gender pay gap is larger among mothers than working women without children.

NZNO team reviewing DHB offer now

Industrial Services Manage Cee Payne has today announced that the NZNO team received a revised offer from district health boards (DHBs) this afternoon.

Auckland Go Bus drivers to strike tomorrow over dangerous work conditions

Following a series of strikes in Auckland and the Waikato region with a handful of companies, 60 Go Bus drivers in Auckland will be the latest to take industrial action.

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