SFWU members working in home support have won a huge victory after years of campaigning.  The former Minister of Health Tony Ryall, along with providers, has signed a $38 million agreement with SFWU and the PSA providing for home support workers' travel time to be paid at least the minimum wage from 1 July 2015.

The agreement also includes an increase in the mileage allowance to a minimum of 50 cents an hour from 1 March 2016 and an annual review of these rates. Most importantly, it provides for an expert advisory group to work on how to implement guaranteed, secure hours of work for our home support members within 24 months of the agreement being signed.

Takaka home support worker and SFWU member, Patricia Martin, said the announcement was a victory for union members. 

The plan will now go out to our members for ratification. 




Hospital lockout goes back to Court
Posted On: Sunday, 22 July 2007

Locked out hospital workers will take their case back to the Employment Court tomorrow, Monday, arguing that the nine day lockout by Spotless Services is illegal.
Service and Food Workers Union spokesperson Alastair Duncan says the union will argue that the lockout notice is fundamentally flawed.
"At the core of the case is a demand by Spotless that unless a significant number of union members waive their right to strike, then all the workers can be locked out.
"Our members have rejected that demand and as a result have all been locked out," says Alastair Duncan.
"Spotless has wrapped up the brutality of a lockout with unprecedented and spurious argument.
"Spotless has engaged in a fundamental breach of our members rights and we will be asking the court to overturn the lockout and award full back pay."
The union has also criticized Spotless for its attempt to cite health and safety reasons as justification for the lockout.
"The District Health boards have been very clear that our members do not carry out the life preserving category of work required to provide cover during industrial action.

"Spotless knows this and is engaged in a ham-fisted attempt to dress up the ugliness of a lockout with a veneer of crocodile tears"
The case will be heard in Auckland on Monday.
For further information contact

Alastair Duncan
National Bargaining Coordinator
Mobile 0272 456 593

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