After workers from four stores held a strike outside Bunnings head office yesterday, other stores are following suit as workers from Bunnings Botany and Mt Wellington prepare to picket outside the Botany store at midday today, says FIRST Union Retail and Finance Secretary Maxine Gay.
After strikes at Bunnings Botany and Mt Wellington at midday, Bunnings workers at the Palmerston North and Fielding stores are walking off the job between 2pm and 4pm to protest against the company’s attempt to impose insecure contracts, says FIRST Union organiser Dion Martin.
“Bunnings is proposing a collective agreement that will hand bosses the power to chop and change start and finish times without the worker’s agreement.”
After strikes in Auckland and the Manawatu today, workers from an additional 17 Bunnings stores will strike tomorrow in a national day of action, announces FIRST Union Retail and Finance Secretary Maxine Gay.
New Zealand’s second-largest private sector union is backing calls to significantly lift the refugee intake amidst reports that a family of climate change refugees could be deported within the next week.
“We’re standing in solidarity with refugees across the world,” says FIRST Union Secretary Robert Reid.
“The apparent decision to deport a family of climate change refugees before their case is heard at the United Nations is unethical. It isn’t in the spirit of social justice.”
The release of the Health and Disability Commissioner’s report into the death of an elderly woman in a single crewed ambulance highlights the need for an inquiry into single crewing, says FIRST Union National Ambulance Co-Ordinator Neil Chapman.
“We need an urgent inquiry into the dangers of single crewing. Without that second pair of hands both the paramedic and the patient are put at risk.”