Ambulance professionals across the country have agreed to alter their strike plans as a gesture to reassure any worried members of the public.
Ambulance Professionals First spokesperson Lynette Blacklaws says some aspects of the action will still go ahead, but the proposed paperwork ban has been temporarily withdrawn to reassure the public there will be no risk to patient safety.
“Patient safety is the top priority for Ambulance professionals,” said Ms Blacklaws.
Over 1000 Ambulance officers across New Zealand have issued a 14 day notice of industrial action at St John Ambulance.
The strike comes after an attempt by St John to squeeze more out of already stretched front-line staff.Ambulance Professionals First co-ordinator Lynette Blacklaws said the strike is for the safety of staff and their patients.
“Taking a stand is the most responsible thing we can do.”
Distribution centre workers at Brand Developers TV Shop, the company supplying Thin Lizzy products and selling popular advertorial brands like the Transforma Ladder, will return to the picket line after executive director Paul Meier failed to return to the negotiating table with an acceptable offer of secure work hours and fair pay.
“Today’s strike coincides with a stocktake. We expect disruption to supply. No one wanted it to come to this but the company is leaving the workers with no choice,” said FIRST Union organiser Kate Davis.
The directors of the International Academy of New Zealand (IANZ), an Auckland-based education provider accused of falsifying English language test results, should be held responsible for poor exam results, a migrant workers’ advocate said.
“After sitting an official re-exam up to 70 IANZ students have fallen well short of passing,” said Union Network of Migrants (UNEMIG) co-ordinator Dennis Maga.
“Now the students are at risk of being deported.”
“This never should have happened. The Government needs to step in and regulate the education market,” said Maga.
If you call the TV Shop to order a Transforma Ladder or a Bambillo Pillow tomorrow, you might not get an answer as the company’s call centre and distribution centre workers take to the picket line calling on company owner Paul Meier to offer fair pay and secure work hours.
“The TV Shop is creaming it, but the people who do the work of selling and moving its brands are expected to survive on little more than the minimum wage and a roster that changes from week to week,” said FIRST Union organiser Kate Davis.