Unions

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.   Read more »

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It’s ok when the left-wing do it

The left-wing have a monopoly on hypocrisy.

They commit crimes to steal a journalist’s data and then write a book about it and label him the dirty one. Unions take employers to court for breaches of good faith and confidentiality, then when it suits them they breach confidential agreements.

Worse, they laugh about it.

The union representing some Dunedin Cadbury workers has denied the accusation that it distributed confidential information during a rally protesting the closure of the city’s chocolate factory.

Mondelez, the food giant which owns Cadbury, has accused E tu of distributing confidential information at Saturday’s Cadbury rally in the South Island city.   Read more »

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Unintended consequences always bite unions on the ass

The left-wing is incapable of grasping the simplest notions, whether they are political, social, or economic, and while it continues its campaign to boost the minimum wage for all workers toiling in hourly rate jobs, businesses will normally figure out strategies to circumvent the economic doom that those higher labour costs guarantee.

With this in mind, Wendy’s is slated to install automated, selfordering kiosks in 1,000 of its sites by the end of 2017. That equates to approximately 16 percent of all of its sites. Obviously, if successful (and it’s going to be), kiosks will replace most of the lowerskilled workers at fastfood chains as well as other kinds of companies around the world.

The Dublin-based burger giant started offering kiosks last year, and demand for the technology has been high from both customers and franchise owners.

“There is a huge amount of pull from (franchisees) in order to get them,” David Trimm, Wendy’s chief information officer, said last week during the company’s investors’ day.

“With the demand we are seeing … we can absolutely see our way to having 1,000 or more restaurants live with kiosks by the end of the year.”

Trimm said the kiosks accomplish two purposes: They give younger customers an ordering experience that they prefer, and they reduce labor costs.   Read more »

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Politicising her position – trying for personal gain from children’s misery

According to Stuff’s “School Report” Merivale School in Tauranga has less than 150 students and gets funded at $7,500 per student.

Apparently, though they cannot afford to buy the odd blanket for the kids.

The Principal somehow manages to not only work 60 hours per week and be stressed and burned out:

Burnout of school leaders was significantly higher in rural and isolated areas due to less professional support.

Merivale School principal Jan Tinetti, who did the survey herself, said she was dismayed by the findings.

“I work about 60 hours a week, and I know lots of places do, but it is not sustainable every single week. It’s hard work.”

“I’ve been a principal for 20 years, and the stress has increased out of sight, and the hours have increased.”

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Apparently it is the Minister’s fault scumbags steal from schools

Apparently, the gutless anonymous cowards at The Save ours Schools  FB page believe the way to prevent fraud schools is to pay admin staff better and insinuate it is the Minister’s fault people are stealing.

People who steal from schools and hospitals and children are the lowest of the low in my opinion. Over the last few years there have been many prosecutions against admin staff who have misappropriated funds from their school. Maybe paying admin staff better (hello Minister?) could prevent these cases.

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An ambo writes

Further to our post yesterday, a serving ambo officer writes:

By way of clarification:

St John employs both events staff and front line ambulance staff. The majority of events staff are volunteers with basic first aid skills, while front-line staff are full time professionals. Most are degree qualified and paid around $50,000 – $60,000pa, some have post grad qualifications and paid around $70,000pa.

Sadly there are a shortage of both. St John salary budgets prohibit employing more full time staff (St John are currently in negotiations with the government for additional funding to employ more staff, primarily so there will no longer be any single crewed vehicles), and the volunteer workforce in general is shrinking.

The field of paramedicine is highly specialized. Nurses cannot do our job. In fact most doctors, with the exception of emergency department doctors, cannot do our job, and require an additional year of post grad study in paramedicine if they want to work as front line ambulance officers. So solving the low staffing numbers isn’t as easy as just getting someone else to do it. Read more »

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Forging cheques. And she was and still is registered

The march of dodgy teachers through various disciplinary process or the courts continues.

A Tokoroa teacher has been censured for misconduct including forging cheques.

Marie Hinehou Thornton appeared before the Education Council’s Disciplinary Tribunal this afternoon.

She was charged with a list of offences from her time as a teacher at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Hiringa, including forging the signature of the chair of the Board of Trustees on cheques, and lying about the number of students on the annual return.   Read more »

More good news

Arts, lifestyle and travel blogger, David Farrar brings some very good news:

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The data above is from the Registrar of Unions. While the big fall off in union membership was in the 1990s, it has continued. The percentage of the labour force in a union has gone from 18.5% to just over 15%.

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Dopey Meat-workers unionists attack wrong target

How retarded are Meat-workers unionists in going after Westpac instead of their dodgy, corrupt, thieving shed boss?

Protest action has taken place outside Westpac in Invercargill on Friday after the bank’s financial offer to the victims of an alleged cheque fraud was deemed inadequate.

More than $55,000 was allegedly stolen from a meatworkers union “shed fund” expense account at the Blue Sky Meats processing plant over a seven year period.

The shed fund committee team has been seeking reparation from Westpac for the lost funds.

Documents reveal there has been ongoing correspondence between the two parties, with the bank making a final offer to the shed fund to settle the dispute.

However, the shed fund members, who are union members working at the plant, said the offer was too low and they refused to be bound by a confidentiality agreement.

They protested outside the Westpac Invercargill branch from 11am-12.30pm on Friday, saying they want to show other non profit groups and clubs what can happen if a bank fails to detect fraud on two-signature cheques.

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The future of unions is the slow painful demise they deserve

Unions are no longer relevant to NZ society

Unions are no longer relevant to NZ society

Bryce Edwards writes a big long whinge about the future of unions at the NZ Herald.

It is a bit forlorn, but he tries to fill it with hope and promise. The bottom line though is unions are no longer relevant for modern workers. The numbers show that.

Many of the tributes paid to Helen Kelly in the last week acknowledged her success in raising the profile and positive perception of the union movement. More than ever before, unions are less reliant on industrial muscle and more on winning the public relations battle – getting consumers and voters on side with their campaigns and political interventions.

Kelly was a talented leader but the hard reality of union health remains grim. The movement she led has been barely holding its own after a catastrophic collapse in the 1990s.

The public isn’t necessarily convinced about unions. According to UMR’s 2016 Mood of the Nation report, unions are the second least trusted institution – with only 30 per cent of those surveyed having confidence. This is more than the media (26%), but less than big business (31%), churches (33%), and banks (44%).

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