Sep 2

Port Health and Safety in NZ

Posted by Dave Griffith

Port operations provides one of the most challenging and complex work environments from a health and safety perspective in New Zealand. A lot of people working for different organisations, using large machinery and vehicles, with tight deadlines are working fast and hard in a confined geographical footprint. The addition of water and weather…

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Aug 28

Time to axe performance reviews?

Posted by Dave Griffith

Workplace staff performance reviews have become a pillar of the vast swathe of administrative tangle otherwise known as ‘best practice’. Like many good ideas they started off with the best of intentions but have morphed into something that is often counter- productive in many workplaces. Many workers are now faced with an annual ritual…

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Apr 9

Fatal pipeline blast – company fined

Posted by admin

A piping firm has been fined over a fatal pipeline explosion in Onehunga, Auckland. The June 2011 blast killed one worker and left another a double amputee. Canadian Pacific Ltd was today sentenced to pay $55,250 after being found guilty of failing to take all practicable steps to protect employees and failing to…

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Apr 9

Inequality drives many to quit New Zealand

Posted by admin

Emigration is driven not only by opportunities, but also by inequalities. The OECD has issued alarming advice for governments to take “urgent action to tackle rising inequality and social divisions”. New Zealand has left these issues unaddressed for too long, and we need to acknowledge it is one of the reasons why our…

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Jan 7

Open Season on Open Plan Offices

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The vast majority of the worlds office workers are victims of the open plan office concept. According to those that support an open plan-et they increase productivity and raise staff morale. Staff thrive in this highly collaborative environment as they happily go about their business. In recent years this office based utopia has…

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Jan 6

Port worker injured by falling container

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A Lyttelton Port Company worker, who wished to remain anonymous, said the injured driver had pulled a stack of seven shipping containers down, with one crushing the cab of his forklift. “You could certainly hear when that container came down. The noise is what got our attention.” The driver, aged in his 20s, managed…

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Oct 29

Younger managers shafted in salary stakes

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Why am I paid so much less than my predecessor? This question will be asked many more times in the next few years as Australian business engages in an aggressive round of white-collar job deflation that does not even register a blip in wages statistics. You know what I mean: the company replaces…

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Oct 29

Money laundering scams target NZ small businesses

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New Zealand small business owners are being warned to watch out for overseas money laundering scams. The latest scam to target honest Kiwis has seen businesses contacted by a fake overseas customer asking to purchase products. However, they pay over the stated amount, and then ask for the excess to be sent to…

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Oct 29

Death by caffeine – how much is too much?

Posted by admin

Sadly, tragic news has emerged that a man in Britain recently died from caffeine overdose. John Jackson was 40 years old. What makes this unfortunate death worrying is that it was due to consumption of caffeine-laced mints. Misfortune can strike us in many ways, but we generally don’t expect a tin of sweeties…

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Oct 21

Axed KFC staff get their jobs back

Posted by Dave Griffith

Following a public outcry KFC has been contacting laid off disabled workers with offers of re-employment. Some workers have leaped at the chance but at least five turned it down. Jared Dixon has autism and was last year forced out after 16 years working part-time at the Greymouth store. The 36-year-old was among…

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