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. 




Security guard union raises concerns
Posted On: Monday, 21 November 2011

The union representing 500 New Zealand security guards said today that questions need to be answered around the tragic death of Charanpreet Singh Dhaliwal in Auckland on Thursday night.
SFWU Security Industry Leader Jill Ovens said the union was seeking answers to the many questions raised by the media reports that 21 year old Dhaliwal was alone and “on trial” the night he died carrying out his first shift as a security officer.
“The reports have raised a whole lot of questions that need to be answered by the employer CNE Security and the contractor Fulton Hogan,” said Jill Ovens.
“Why was this young man left without support on a construction site that has been described as “deserted”?  What protections were in place for a sole charge security guard, given that the police have stated that construction sites such as this are often targeted by thieves for scrap metal?”
Jill Ovens said SFWU’s membership was predominantly in the major reputable security firms of Armourguard and First Security.
“The union is concerned about cowboy operators in security with scant regard for the safety of their staff,” she said.
“Both Armourguard and First Security have welfare systems in place, whereby workers are cheeked up on during the night. We need to know if CNE had any such system and if Fulton Hogan as the contractor required proper safety procedures.
“Finally the union is deeply concerned that a young person, or any worker, would be thrown into this work on trial. That is not the practice of reputable security companies and is totally inappropriate.” 

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