GOVERNMENT PLANNING TO REDUCE WORKERS RIGHTS

14 May

GOVERNMENT PLANNING TO REDUCE WORKER’S RIGHTS

The government has announced plans to cut back the rights of workers and their unions even more than exists. This includes:

  • Allowing employers to refuse to conclude a Collective Agreement
  • Allowing employers to refuse to participate in mutli-employer bargaining
  • Allowing employers to not put new staff on the union collective agreement for the first 30 days
  • Allowing employers to deduct pay for “partial” strikes like go slows.
  • Forcing unions to give notice of strike action in non essential industries.

CTU: Government Undermines Bargaining to Reduce Pay and Conditions http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1205/S00209/government-undermines-bargaining-to-reduce-pay-conditions.htm

Secret changes to labour rules http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/6913814/Secret-changes-to-labour-rules

UNITE IN DISPUTE AT EVENT CINEMAS

Unite has been indispute with Event Cinemas with a pay offer well below the minimum wage movement of 50 cents in April. This has forced some staff to take action to support their claims. As well as an improved pay offer the workers are wanting more secure hours. In these casualised industries employers are generally not required to gurantee hours from one week to the next. That needs to change.

This dispute can be expected to continue over the next few weeks. If you want to give these low paid workers your support come down to the Queen Street Event Cinem complex tomorrow at 6pm.

OTHER UNION NEWS THIS WEEK

Talley’s tactics concern Ngapuhi leader http://www.mwu.org.nz/2012/05/04/talleys-tactics-concern-ngapuhi-leader/

Campbell live http://www.3news.co.nz/Affco-workers-move-protest-to-Talley-family-mansion/tabid/367/articleID/253333/Default.aspx

Close up – http://tvnz.co.nz/close-up/talleys-head-shuts-gate-workers-video-4868636

Talleys immovable in dispute http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/6907827/Talleys-immovable-in-dispute

MUNZ delegate: “Class war on the waterfront” http://workersparty.org.nz/2012/05/03/munz-delegate-class-war-on-the-waterfront/#more-6136

Mothers : worth more than a bunch of flowers http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1205/S00185/mothers-worth-more-than-a-bunch-of-flowers.htm

SOME ACTIVITIES UNITE MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO SUPPORT

Thursday, May 17, 7pm, B15 Theatre, Basement, Library, Auckland University.
AOTEAROA IS NOT FOR SALE – THE STRUGGLE AHEAD! Speakers: Hone Harawira, Mana Movement leader; Phil Twyford, Labour MP, Julie Anne Genter Green MP; Marion Peka, GI residents group; Joe Carolan, Socialist Aotearoa. After the great turnout for the Auckland demonstration on April 28th, in the midst of the powerful Hikoi against Asset Sales, Aotearoa is Not for Sale activists invite you to a Hui to plan the next step in the campaign to defend our assets, jobs and environment from neoliberal attack.

Saturday, May 19, Donovan Park, Te Puke
PICNIC IN THE PARK TO SUPPORT AFFCO WORKERS (BAY OF PLENTY): Affco Rangiuru locked out meatworkers would like to take this opportunity to invite you andyour family to a picnic in the park. State Highway 2 thru Te Puke will be closed from 9am to 11am saturday 19th may 2012 to road traffic. We will be marching and stopping in town where spacial guest speakers will address the public. These speakers include Hone Harawira (Mana Party); Helen Kelly (Council Trade Unions); Te Ururoa Flavell (Maori Party) and other special guests. There are 8 AFFCO plants afeected by this dispute and those plants are sending their representatives along. 9am start in town and 11am start of picnic at donovan park (opposite the old dairy factory) please come along, we will be having a free sausage sizzle, drinks and entertainment throughout the day. Other food stalls will be available at a cost. Nau mai , Haere Mai, WELCOME.

Friday, May 25, 7am, Waipuna Hotel & Convention Centre, 58 Waipuna Rd, Mt Wellington & 11.30am – Langham Hotel, 83 Symonds St
POST BUDGET ACTION AGAINST POVERTY: Kia ora koutou, Since we contacted you a few days ago about our picket of John Key and the National Party planned for 7.00am Friday 25 May, we learned that the PM will also be speaking about the Budget at a business lunch the same day. We’ve decided the best thing would be to organise two pickets, turning 25 May into a full scale Post-Budget Day of Action. We hope you will be able to come along to at least one of the pickets, and that you’ll also be willing to help us get this info out to people in your networks. Core details are: Post Budget Day of Action Friday 25 May – Auckland Action Against Poverty. Picket: 7.00am – John Key speaks to the National Party Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre, 58 Waipuna Rd, Mt Wellington. Picket: 11.30am – John Key speaks to Business Forum Langham Hotel, 83 Symonds St. Decent jobs for the unemployed – not vindictive harassment of beneficiaries! Free quality education for all – no state interference in women’s reproductive lives! Please get back to us if you have any queries or would like to offer any particular help. Look forward to seeing you soon – best wishes, Sue Bradford & Chris Zack (for AAAP). AACP Picket leaflet http://dl.dropbox.com/u/18076151/AAAP_Picketv02%20%281%29.pdf AAAP Leaflet http://dl.dropbox.com/u/18076151/AAAP_Leafletv02%20%281%29.pdf

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