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Thursday, April 21, 2005

Back to the 70's for NZ

Unions striking or planning to strike since April 1st (thanks Labour):
  1. FinSec campaign director Karen Skinner said 3700 workers at ANZ and National would hold stop-work meetings tomorrow and were expected to vote for a full one-day strike. 21st Aprill.
  2. Auckland University staff [500 people] today voted in favour of strike action after vice-chancellor Stuart McCutcheon refused last month to show up at a meeting to negotiate a national employment agreement. 7th April.
  3. The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturers' Union (EPMU) yesterday said its national executive had set aside $50,000 as a starting balance to its strike fund. The balance will be reconsidered at the executive meeting every second month. 15th April.
  4. Officials of four unions representing almost 1000 drivers walked out of renewed negotiations with the management of Stagecoach, the region's main bus fleet operator, yesterday. 1st April.
  5. About 1500 metal workers in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch are expected to strike today, in response to their employers' offer of a four per cent wage increase. The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union (EPMU) wants five per cent. 15th April.
  6. Up to 2000 workers covered by the Metals and Manufacturing Industries Collective Agreement took strike action last Friday to protest the EMA's "final offer" of a 4 per cent wage rise. The workers are seeking 5 per cent. 19th April.
  7. Yesterday 238 coal miners walked off the job at the Huntly and Rotowaro mines just days after a strike by more than 400 Waikato District Health Board clerical and administration workers. 16th April.
  8. In Tokoroa, Carter Holt Harvey's 270 Kinleith sawmill workers will begin negotiations for a pay rise in May. 16th April.
  9. Middlemore Hospital in Auckland today said it was business as usual despite a 24-hour strike by some of its security guards. The striking guards, who are member of the Service and Food Workers Union, are seeking a 5 per cent pay increase for this year. 2nd April.
  10. Bus drivers in Auckland may refuse to collect fares as part of their long-running wage dispute, their union said yesterday. The Stagecoach drivers are holding a stopwork meeting today between 9.30am and 2.30pm to discuss an improved pay offer, which the company tabled at negotiations yesterday. 21st April.
  11. Solid Energy miners will begin a 48-hour nationwide strike tomorrow as they up the ante in their fight for pay parity between mines. The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union (EPMU) said today Solid Energy had offered a 2.8 per cent increase. 20th April.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 4/21/2005 07:14:00 am

2 Comments:

Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

During the 1970s a Sydney radio station set up a genuine "dial a strike" service. It was a genuine and essential service. Every morning, business people would dial a recorded message to find out who was on strike and who was at work. No, I'm not kidding.

4/21/2005 08:34:00 am  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

I hadn't realised there were so many recent strikes in NZ - the media has been downplaying the issue for various reasons (tamihere, pope).

When was the Labour Party conference again? Start of April?

4/21/2005 08:41:00 am  

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