Port worker dismissal upheld despite safety concerns

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 Belsham's dismissal letter, the port's then terminal operations general manager Raoul Borley said his 19 years of service with the company was taken into account. "I have also taken [...]

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Len Brown affair allegations damaging for reputation

and then I undid my trousers.....how big was it? oh about that big. 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 council premises. The mayor has been married to his wife Shan Inglis for more [...]

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Company fined for exploiting migrant workers

No fairtrade certification for this bathroom company. 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 year and spoke to the two employees, Ming Mao and Guoqiang Sun. Sun claimed the factory manager, Wenjiang Xu, looked at him threateningly [...]

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Migrant workers take employer to ERA over exploitation claims

Norajane Colos looks happy but some of her workers are not.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 accommodation. These are not manual workers brought into New Zealand to work in horticulture. They are [...]

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Is Corporate Corruption here to stay in NZ?

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 a senior manager in its road maintenance division on indefinite leave until it completes an internal investigation into what it says are "serious allegations relating to [...]

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NZ Job ads on the rise

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. Seek saw strong job ad numbers in May and now, for the first time since December 2011, month-on-month growth has been seen nationwide, with jobs up 3.8 per [...]

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Auckland Port chief ready to replace striking union workforce

File photo of Ports of Auckland CEO Tony Gibson posing in front of cranes that are not getting worn out with over use at the moment. 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 contractors [...]

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ERA orders couple to pay nanny over holiday work dispute

Amanda Akeson in happier times before she was voted off the island by her employers.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 of wrecking their holiday, the Learmonths sent an "emotional" Ms Akeson packing to the [...]

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Tribunal dismisses Tattoo coverup case

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 on her left forearm, which evoked her Whakatohea and Ngaphui tribal links. Working at a corporate function, Mrs Haupini was asked to wear a three-quarter shirt instead of [...]

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Work the deciding factor in migrants choosing Auckland

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. This study is the second published – after Wellington - into why and how migrants settle in different locations within New Zealand. A report on the Why Auckland? [...]

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