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Former Middlemore cooks 'fed up' with long wait for gratuity pay

Former Middlemore Hospital cooks and menu processors are fed up with the long wait for tens of thousands of dollars in gratuity payments they’re owed after they lost their jobs.

E tu begins work on media merger ComCom submission

E tū says its journalist members and the union have begun work on their Commerce Commission submission on the proposed merger of NZME and Fairfax New Zealand Limited. The Commission this week released the key issues it will consider as it decides whether to approve the merger.

E tu says hospital kitchen should pick up Pukekohe Meals on Wheels

The union, E tū, is urging the Counties Manukau DHB to consider the health of elderly Pukekohe residents, and tell its food services contractor, Compass, to resume freshly cooked Meals on Wheels. The meals used to be prepared from scratch in the Pukekohe hospital kitchen.

Job advertisements: Keeping up the good work

ANZ job ads data continues to point to robust demand for labour in the New Zealand economy. Jobs ads lifted 0.2% in May (seasonally adjusted), and are on an upward trend, running 7.2% higher than a year ago (3-month average).

90 day fire at will periods a failed experiment - CTU

Working people are pleased that research commissioned by the Government is consistent with what working people have being saying - that 90 day fire at will periods are a failed experiment.

Kiwis' real income goes nowhere for the year - Robertson

New Zealanders’ hard work for the last year resulted in no increase in real disposable income, showing Kiwis aren’t getting ahead under National, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.

Vacancies rose again in May - Jobs Online Report

The number of job vacancies rose by 2.4 per cent in May 2016, and by 13.4 per cent over the year, according to the latest Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Jobs Online report.

Govt funds childcare industry, ignores parents - Family First

Family First NZ says that the justification for the government veto on paid parental leave is flawed, and shows that the government is more interested in funding the childcare industry than it is in giving parents real choice and support.

'Tough times for Spotless cleaners' as pay problems continue

E tū says contracting company, Spotless has a payroll office in disarray, as pay problems continue to dog its members.

74 and no plans to retire - Granny Nannies on the Rise

At 74, Yvonne van Der Merwe, is in the prime of her newfound career as a Granny Nanny, a job that is on the rise across New Zealand.

NZEI seeks joint investigation into pay equity for teacher aides

Fair pay for school support staff has moved another step forward today after NZEI Te Riu Roa formally requested an investigation into pay equity for teacher aides.

'Let's adopt and implement' the pay equity principles

The National Council of Women New Zealand (NCWNZ) welcomes the recommendations of the Working Group on Pay Equity Principles (the Working Group) announced today. Rae Duff, NCWNZ National President, said that: "This is a historic step forward in achieving pay equity for women.

Underpayment of up to 750,000 NZ workers raised on international stage

CTU President Richard Wagstaff addressed the International Labour Organisation (the United Nations agency for work and employment) today at 8 pm New Zealand time to focus global attention on the New Zealand government’s failure to protect working people in the face of the massive payroll system

Govt agrees equal pay for men and women is right and fair - NZNO

Nurses, caregivers and other health care workers are pleased to hear a pathway to equal pay has been agreed by government, unions and employers. Cabinet has received the principles and are considering their response.

Pay equity working group reports back

The Joint Working Group on Pay Equity Principles has reported back to the Government with a number of recommendations, State Services Minister Paula Bennett and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse say.

1 in 3 working Kiwis short changed by $1000s - Labour

With more than 700,000 Kiwis potentially underpaid to the tune of over $2b the Government has to come up with a proper solution to pay the one in three working New Zealanders short-changed by the holiday payroll disaster, says Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Clark.

Hundreds of state homes already under construction

Housing New Zealand is already building more homes than the Greens’ rushed policy proposed, and additional social houses are also being sourced from Community Housing Providers, Ministers Bill English and Paula Bennett say.

Job advertisements: Help wanted

Job advertising lifted for a third consecutive month in April and growth appears to be accelerating, according to the latest ANZ job advertising data. The data points to labour market strength that should eventually feed into wage rises.

More women working at governance level - survey

A biannual survey of Kiwi companies has shown a significant jump in the percentage of women in leadership and governance roles. Females within the leadership or decision-making team increased from 39.2% in the last New Zealand Diversity Survey to 48.4% in the latest survey.

Vacancies rose in April - Jobs Online report

The number of job vacancies rose by 0.6 per cent in April 2016, and by 7.7 per cent over the year, according to the latest Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Jobs Online report.

Diversity of thought deserves thinking about - Hays

Is your voice respected at work? Are differences valued? Is there a sense of inclusion? If so, according to recruiting experts Hays you’re the envy of 93% of New Zealanders who want to be part of a workplace where there is diversity of thought.

50 jobs to go at Christchurch-based General Cable - union

The union, E tá¿¡ says General Cable has presented workers at its Christchurch site with a proposal to cut the jobs of 50 workers. That’s just over a third of the 145-strong workforce at the plant.

Commissioner welcomes Gender Stocktake figures

The New Zealand Human Rights Commission has today welcomed figures that show the highest ever percentage of women on state sector boards and committees.

Win for council contract cleaners and security guards - union

The union, E tá¿¡ has congratulated the Wellington City Council for sticking to its guns and securing the Living Wage for its contracted cleaning and security staff.

Employees want their voice heard - not a one-way performance appraisal

Is it time for employers to consider saying bye-bye to the annual one-way performance appraisal?

JobFest16 - young job seekers reach for the sky

The sky is the limit for the thousands of young jobseekers expected to descend upon The Cloud tomorrow (Wednesday, May 11) for the country’s largest youth employment event.

Wellington Council urged to speed up on Living Wage

Living Wage Wellington has told Wellington City Council that they need to speed up progress on fair pay to fully implement the Living Wage.

More women in the labour force, fewer stay-at-home parents

Many more women are heading to work, and fewer parents are staying out of the labour force to look after children compared with 30 years ago.

Healthy Homes Bill 'beginning of the end for cold and mould in flats'

The Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA) welcomes the passing of the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill (No2) at its first reading.

26 weeks paid parental leave 'the best Mother's Day present'

If National truly values motherhood, they would drop their threat to scupper 26 weeks paid parental leave, says Labour MP Sue Moroney.

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