Oct 21

Port worker dismissal upheld despite safety concerns

Posted by Dave Griffith

Auckland port worker Danny Belsham was justifiably dismissed after he refused to work due to health and safety concerns, the Employment Court has ruled. Danny Belsham was dismissed from his employment with Ports of Auckland Limited on October 16 2013, after he refused to start work and man a straddle crane. In Mr…

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Oct 15

Len Brown affair allegations damaging for reputation

Posted by Dave Griffith

Auckland Mayor Len Brown has been caught up in allegations of having an extra-marital relationship with a council employee. Freelance journalist Stephen Cook has reported on the Whaleoil blogsite today that the newly elected mayor had a two-year affair with a woman 25 years his junior, including sex during office hours and on…

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Aug 29

Company fined for exploiting migrant workers

Posted by Dave Griffith

Auckland company Shynday Kitchen and bathroom have been found guilty of exploiting migrant workers and ordered to pay compensation totalling $23,065. The¬†Employment Relations Authority (ERA) found that the Shynday factory ¬†breached good-faith obligations when it dismissed two Chinese employees. Following and anonymous complaint a labour inspector visited the factory on 11th April this…

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Aug 14

Migrant workers take employer to ERA over exploitation claims

Posted by Dave Griffith

Auckland company E-Advance Ltd is being taken to the Employment Relations Authority by five staff migrant workers who claim they have been exploited. The workers claim they were not paid wages, had to ‘invest’in the company and some ended up living in the company offices because they could not afford to pay for…

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Aug 13

Is Corporate Corruption here to stay in NZ?

Posted by Dave Griffith

With two of New Zealand’s largest public transport organisations investigating separate allegations of corruption have we now reached the point of having to accept that corruption is here to stay? The Serious Fraud Office is waiting for the outcome of internal inquiries regarding contracts at Auckland Transport and KiwiRail. Auckland Transport has put…

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Jun 12

NZ Job ads on the rise

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The number of jobs being advertised in New Zealand is on the rise, according to the Seek New Job Ad Index, which shows a 6.4 per cent year-on-year increase. Seek general manager Janet Faulding says the rise in job ads was nationwide. “This is an encouraging sign for the New Zealand labour market.…

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Jan 10

Auckland Port chief ready to replace striking union workforce

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Ports of Auckland boss Tony Gibson is setting out to replace striking union workers with private contractors on the city’s troubled wharves. In a sign that the long-running dispute between the Ports and the Maritime Union is escalating, Mr Gibson yesterday said he was “absolutely” prepared to replace 330 union jobs with private…

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Oct 11

ERA orders couple to pay nanny over holiday work dispute

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A Swedish au pair taken on holiday with the Kiwi family she worked for was dumped at Samoa’s airport for refusing to work while they stayed at a Pacific resort. Janine and Hamish Learmonth claimed their nanny refused to work once they arrived at their idyllic holiday spot. And after accusing Amanda Akeson…

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Oct 11

Tribunal dismisses Tattoo coverup case

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A claim of discrimination made by a woman whose employers asked her to cover a tattoo has been dismissed by the Human Rights Review Tribunal. In May last year Claire Haupini, 32, who worked as a casual worker for the Spit Roast Catering Company in Auckland, was asked to cover up the tattoo…

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Aug 18

Work the deciding factor in migrants choosing Auckland

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The ability to find work is the determining factor in migrants choosing to settle in Auckland. The Department of Labour has carried out in-depth studies of 64 of the 6,000 people who took part in its Longitudinal Immigration Survey (LisNZ) 6, 18 and 36 months after arrival. Twenty-four of them were from Auckland.…

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