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Consensus sought on pay equity principles

BusinessNZ says a practical approach is needed for pay equity claims under the Equal Pay Act. BusinessNZ represents New Zealand businesses in the working group that will devise principles for pay equity in all sectors.

Protection for subcontractors 'a win for building industry'

The Green Party is welcoming new financial protections for subcontractors as a win for the building industry after years of struggle following the collapse of Mainzeal in early 2013. Today, Parliament will pass the Construction Contracts Amendment Bill.

90 day employment trial legislation creating jobs - research

The 90-day work trial appears to be creating more employment opportunities in the SME sector, according to the latest nationwide MYOB Business Monitor survey of business owners and operators from around the country.

Vacancies rise 0.5 per cent in Sep

The number of job vacancies advertised online rose by 0.5 per cent in September, while there was a 1.9 per cent rise across the year, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) latest Jobs Online report.

New Green Party proposal 'sends a signal about gender equality'

The Public Service Association (PSA) supports the new proposal from the Green Party, announced by co-leader James Shaw to the CTU conference, that Green MPs in a future cabinet would be gender balanced.

'Talent mismatch' for office support in NZ

Office support professionals have seen demand for their expertise rise across New Zealand, but a shortage of the right skills is creating a talent mismatch and frustrations on both sides of the employment equation, says recruiting experts Hays.

First reading 'an historic occasion' for home support workers

E tū, the union for home support workers, is celebrating the first reading of a bill in parliament yesterday that will finally see travel time payments for home support workers secured in law.

Bill 'delivers real change' to low-paid home support workforce

The Public Service Association (PSA) is celebrating the first reading of the Home and Community Support (Payment for Travel Between Clients) Settlement Bill in Parliament this afternoon. The Bill implements a settlement between the PSA; the SFWU; the CTU; the Crown; DHBs; and providers.

Largest private sector union launched

The largest private sector union in New Zealand has been launched today in Wellington. E tÅ« has been created by the merger of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union and Service and Food Workers’ Union.

Strike off as Toll Logistics agrees to meet workers' demands

After workers commenced strike action at Toll Logistics this morning, the company has agreed to conclude a new collective agreement and settle outstanding legal cases, says FIRST Union organiser Jared Abbott. Workers were prepared to strike until Christmas if necessary.

HRC urges action over NZ's growing gender pay gap

The Human Rights Commission says New Zealand cannot continue with "business as usual" in the wake of the latest statistics revealing the nation’s gender pay gap is at a six-year high, up 11.8% from 9.9% this time last year.

NZers 'have high awareness' of gender inequality

New Zealanders have high awareness that more needs to be done to get equality for women, research released by the National Council of Women of New Zealand says.

RWC absenteeism: time for employers to put a game plan in place

Rugby World Cup starts this weekend and employers need to put strategies in place to tackle the inevitable absenteeism and tardiness of their teams.

Little change in skilled job vacancies in August

The number of skilled job vacancies advertised online fell by 0.1 per cent in August, while there was a 1.9 per cent rise across the year, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) latest Jobs Online report.

Tips for negotiating a job offer

For many jobseekers one of the most intimidating parts of the interview process is negotiating your salary, but according to recruiting experts Hays you can step confidently into these negotiations by preparing and getting your timing right.

EPMU and FARSA congratulate pilots' union on rest break victory

The largest union in the aviation industry stands in solidarity with the Air Line Pilots’ Association after the Court of Appeal ordered Jetstar to provide their pilots and cabin crew with the breaks they are entitled to.

Medical students encouraged by Surgeon's apology on bullying

New Zealand Medical Students’ Association (NZMSA) President Elizabeth Berryman says she is encouraged by the release of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeon’s draft report on bullying and sexual harassment.

PPL extended for parents of pre-term babies

The duration of paid-parental leave will be extended for eligible parents of pre-term babies, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse announced today.

Jobseekers, there's no excuse: Research before your interview

Researching a company before your job interview isn’t about standing out anymore. According to recruiting experts Hays in New Zealand it’s about keeping up and staying on the shortlist.

Working hours and private time 'blurring in Asia'

A study by HR and recruitment specialists Randstad, has found the lines between working hours and private time are blurring in Asia Pacific (APAC) countries, with 65 per cent of workers saying their employer expects them to be available outside regular office hours.

AFFCO Talley's workers in Wairoa say enough - union

Around 250 members of the NZ Meat Workers Union in Wairoa are saying no to the unlawful lockout tactics of their employer, AFFCO Talley’s, by refusing to accept punitive individual agreements as a precondition to returning to work after the seasonal lay-off.

Who can you rely on to pay the job, not the gender?

A new initiative to help end gender-based pay discrimination is being launched today. ‘We’re relying on you’ is a website that asks women MPs to sign a pledge to support pay based on the job, not the gender, and to never support gender-based discrimination of pay.

Warehouse workers still striking - union

After strikes at the Warehouse Manukau, Blenheim and New Lynn, workers at the Warehouse Rotorua will walk off the job at 12pm today says FIRST Union organiser Dennis Maga.

Bunnings workers vote for strike action - union

Workers at Bunnings Mount Maunganui are walking off the job at 1pm today after learning that the company is proposing a change which will remove the right to determine their start and finish times, says FIRST Union Retail and Finance Secretary Maxine Gay.

Key's threat to veto premature - Moroney

John Key’s threat that he might use a financial veto against the Bill that will introduce 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave is premature and based on inflated costings, says the bill’s sponsor, Labour ‘s Sue Moroney.

Pay Equity Coalition supports Midwives

The Pay Equity Challenge Coalition today added its support to the College of Midwives claim of pay discrimination on the basis of gender.

SkyCity Auckland agrees to new guaranteed minimum hours

SKYCITY Auckland, together with the Unite Union and the Service and Food Workers Union (SFWU), have struck a landmark agreement that will see all part-time staff on collective employment agreements guaranteed a higher minimum number of hours.

Council supports midwives' test case around pay equality

The National Council of Women of New Zealand supports the College of Midwives taking action over what the college sees as structural sexism which impacts on midwives’ pay and conditions and the level of support women giving birth receive.

Pay parity discrimination case heads to court

"We have been left with no choice." That from Karen Guilliland, the Chief Executive of the New Zealand College of Midwives, as the organisation prepares to file a pay parity discrimination case on the basis of gender under the NZ Bill of Rights Act in the High Court.

'Significant changes' to jobs 'the last thing Chch Council needs'

The Public Service Association (PSA) is against the proposal released today that would see 175 roles Christchurch City Council (CCC) roles disestablished, with only 115 new roles created.

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