Union court case prevents pay rise. Delicious

I just love it when union action backfires.

More than 3000 workers who support people with intellectual disabilities will begin voting on possible strike action today.

The vote by IDEA Services support staff will be held at 80 stop-work meetings around the country over the next two weeks.”

The E Tū Union said there had already been five months of negotiations between workers and IHC, which operates IDEA Services.

IDEA Services has made no pay offer at all, the union said.  

Pressure was also building from staff over constant reviews and roster changes, but IDEA would not agree to job protection, the union said.

It said IDEA was yet to respond to its members’ health and safety proposals.

“After five months it’s now time for IDEA to invest in its staff,” E Tū advocate Alastair Duncan said.

“They’ve been listening, but they haven’t been acting. No one wants to go on strike. No one wants for a minute to think that service users may not be getting fabulous and professional care, but actually we have to say enough is enough.”

IDEA Services, which is funded through contracts from the Health and Social Development ministries, said it was unable to make any offers until the government’s separate pay equity case with aged care workers was settled.

IDEA chief operating officer Janine Stewart said there had been three negotiation sessions since the union’s collective employment agreement expired last October.

They only have their dopey union to blame for the predicament they are in.

But these workers seem to be as thick as their clients, and will likely vote to strike and penalise themselves and their clients even more.

Strike action is never a winner, workers never recover lost wages…and this time the problem is the crusading of their own union.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.