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.
After a national strike in September and a store shutdown at Bunnings New Lynn, workers from Bunnings stores in Dunedin and Christchurch (Shirley) are striking from 11am to 1pm today, says FIRST Union organiser David Bristow.
“Bunnings is proposing a collective agreement that will mean workers lose the power to set their own rosters.”
“The company wants workers to be available for work, but without guaranteeing stable rosters,” says Bristow.
“Under Bunning’s proposal a worker’s start and finish times could ch