The retail workers’ union is thrilled with the success of its membership drive at Invercargill Pak’n Save as new members prepare to meet and develop their negotiation claims for the first time, says FIRST Union South Island organiser Ken Young.
“We’ve always had lower union density in the South Island and that’s meant poorer pay and conditions for South Island workers compared with their North Island counterparts.”
The government’s Employment Standards Bill does not abolish the punitive aspects of zero hour contracts but entrenches them, according to a major private sector union.
“The Workplace Relations Minister is making an art of the political U-turn. After promising to ban the punitive aspects of zero hour contracts, he is delivering a Bill that will entrench them,” says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.