VICTORY FOR HOME SUPPORT MEMBERS
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.
Media Release: Refurbish our wages too say Rendezvous hotel staff
Posted On: Wednesday, 16 June 2010
Workers at the Rendezvous Hotel in Central Auckland say their employer needs to refurbish their wages and conditions, not just the hotel.
The loyal and long-standing staff have not had a payrise for more than two years, and although their employer has made an offer, this is conditional on cuts in the workers terms and conditions.
"Rendezvous is offering our members a miserable 1.5% payrise for two years, and they are trying to take away sick leave, affordable parking and subsidised health care," says SFWU Northern Regional Secretary Jill Ovens.
"For most of our members the payrise would be worth only 20 cents an hour, but yet the company is expecting them to trade-off a lot more in return."
Rendezvous housekeepers are exhausted from having to do 18 rooms a day - three more than most hotels expect.
"They need all the sick leave they have now."
Ms Ovens says these workers are fed up of being taken for granted.
"We have been told that their Australian company which owns Rendezvous may be fronting up with money for refurbishments to the hotel (which they don't actually own), and yet they aren't willing to invest in their staff properly."
"Our members will not agree to give up their existing conditions, and are prepared to do whatever it takes to win this." says Jill Ovens.
For further comment contact Jill Ovens, SFWU Northern Regional Secretary on 027 446 4966.
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