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Kaikohe youth take next step into careers

Today 30 young people from Kaikohe graduated from the first stage of the Growing Regional Opportunities through Work (GROW) programme - an initiative stemmed from the Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan.

Public servants do love their jobs - but staff survey will reveal hidden truths

The public service is a great place to work, but that’s because its employees love helping their communities and making a difference, the PSA says.

Chorus hell-bent on contracting out jobs - union

The announcement today that Downer will lose the fibre rollout contract in the lower North Island is bad news for workers and bad news for customers, says the E tū union.

Holiday pay miscalculation 'more than a mistake', says union

It is simply not credible that nearly every major employer and payroll providing service made a "mistake" in calculating their annual leave entitlements.

New Health and safety law from Monday

The Health and Safety at Work Act comes into force on Monday 4 April. The new law will mean that more Kiwis will come home safely from work.

Parental leave changes positive - BusinessNZ

Changes in to parental leave will help workplace relations, says BusinessNZ. Entitlement to 18 weeks’ paid leave, available to greater numbers of employees, comes into force today. [More information is here on]

'No attempt made by Auckland DHBs to bridge funding gap' as strike looms

The three Auckland district health boards have made no attempt to approach Health Minister Jonathan Coleman for extra funding to provide 7-day services, the Public Service Association says.

'Minister up to trickery on foreign students working in NZ'

The government is attempting to hoodwink New Zealand on the massive number of unskilled foreign students working here, says New Zealand First Deputy Leader Ron Mark.

Jobs forecast to grow another 148k over next three years

The latest employment forecast from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment predicts the number of jobs in New Zealand will grow by another 148,300 over the next three years.

CTU welcomes Labour Party leadership on the future of work

The CTU congratulates the Labour Party for their foresight and focused attention in examining the Future of Work.

Last Supper for Easter Sunday holiday? - Green Party

This Sunday could be the last Easter Sunday holiday for many New Zealanders, if the National Government goes ahead with its plan to allow local councils to let shops open on Easter Sunday.

Thousands to walk off the job after notices issued to Auckland DHBs

The Public Service Association has today sent strike notices to the three Auckland District Health Boards over the failure to settle a new collective agreement. These give notice of a full withdrawal of labour on the 8th of April from 10am to 2pm.

Job advertisements: Off the boil

Jobs advertising bounced back a little in February after a sharp January fall, according to the latest ANZ job advertising data.

Auckland DHBs' proposal to avert strike action

The three Auckland DHBs have today filed papers with the Employment Relations Authority seeking facilitation of the protracted and difficult bargaining dispute with the PSA for Allied, Public Health and Technical employees.

PSA: Don’t use MBIE payroll mess as excuse to review Holidays Act

Kiwi workers could end up being short-changed over their holiday entitlements if the government sides with big business over a review of the Holidays Act, the Public Service Association says.

Zero hour contracts officially history - CTU

Today in Parliament the Government, along with its support parties, and those in opposition, voted in agreement to end the ability of employers to use corrosive zero hour contracts.

Zero-hour contracts gone, PPL extended

A Bill which will eliminate zero-hour contracts, extend paid parental leave (PPL) and help stamp out worker exploitation passed its third reading today, announced Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse.

The right to work in just conditions is a human right - Dr Jackie Blue

The Human Rights Commission says New Zealanders’ right to work in just and favourable conditions will become more of a reality today with the scrapping of Zero Hour contracts.

Zero hours; goneburger - CTU

Working people in New Zealand are on the verge of being much better off with zero hour agreements [contracts] on the cusp of being outlawed.

Labour defeats zero hour contracts - Little

Changes demanded by Labour to new workplace legislation have today resulted in the banning of zero hour contracts, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says.

Caritas invitation 'highlights opposition to Easter Sunday trading bill'

An invitation to meet with Caritas on Easter Sunday and discuss the social justice agency's opposition to the Shop Hours Amendment Bill has been extended to members of the Commerce Select Committee.

Minimum wage hike whacks regional employment - ACT

The new $15.25 minimum wage will hit regional employers especially hard, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

Minimum wage rise good, but not good enough - PSA

A minimum wage rise to $15.25 an hour is better than no rise at all - but the Public Service Association says it falls far short of what New Zealand workers need for a decent life. From 1 April the minimum wage will increase by 50 cents an hour, or $20 a week before tax.

Tauranga City Council disappoints by rejecting Living Wage

Tauranga council’s rejection of a living wage shows that it values its bottom line far more than its staff, the Public Service Association says. This week, the council voted against paying its staff at least $19.25 an hour, which would cost an estimated $3.2 million a year.

Job advertisements: Employing caution

Jobs advertisements slumped in January, suggesting a degree of caution may be creeping in on the part of employers, according to the latest ANZ job advertising data.

Vacancies rise in January - MBIE Jobs Online Report

The number of job vacancies grew by 1.5 per cent in January, with an 8.7 per cent increase over the year, according to the latest Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Jobs Online report.

Locked out Wairoa workers back to work on Monday

AFFCO Talley’s Wairoa workers will be returning to work on Monday 22nd February, after five months of unlawful lockout, says the NZ Meat Workers Union.

Union will continue pickets at Foodstuffs stores

FIRST union will resume its pickets of Foodstuffs stores in Nelson today despite having its organisers arrested twice yesterday. Union organisers Bill Bradford say that the union has the right to represent its members and to enter into the workplace and will continue to do so.

Zero-hours here to stay, thanks to National's love-affair with business - PSA

The government misled New Zealand workers when it promised to outlaw zero-hours contracts - and the Public Service Association’s deeply disappointed.

Union rat to visit Nelson Foodstuffs stores - FIRST Union

The giant union rat will make an appearance at pickets organised by FIRST Union at the Nelson New World and Richmond Pak n Save this weekend.

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