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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May 22

Construction workers in high demand

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Christchurch has become a major hub for jobs growth, particularly for those with construction-related skills, despite a real start to the earthquake rebuild remaining months away, recruitment agencies say. Quantity surveyors, commercial and residential project managers plus machine operators with drainage and roading experience were topping a list of skills in high demand…

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Jan 19

Sacked airline pilot fails to get job back

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A pilot sacked after an investigation into a party at his Christchurch flat has lost a long-running fight to win back his job. The pilot, known only as Mr A, was fired by Pacific Blue in May 2010 after a series of investigations into alcohol-related events during his 21 months at the airline.…

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Sep 13

Man crushed by falling generator named

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Police have released the name of a man crushed by a generator in a workplace accident on Hornby, Christchurch yesterday. Neville Raymond Sutherland, 30, was delivering a large generator when a forklift removing it from his truck toppled over, crushing him to death. Emergency services were called to the premises of TransDiesel Limited…

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Aug 16

Fastfood workers pay hit by snowstorm

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Workers at KFC, Pizza Hut and Starbucks stores in areas hit by the snowstorm in recent days have been told that they will not get paid for any hours lost. Christchurch Unite Union organiser Matt Jones criticised Restaurant Brands the owner of KFC, Pizza Hut and Starbucks franchises in New Zealand. He believed…

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Jul 28

Woman complains about losing leave after being snow-bound

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A Christchurch woman employed by a printing firm is upset she has lost two days annual leave after heavy snowfall trapped her at home with her children this week. The woman, who is in her late 20s, does not want to be named. She says her employer has penalised staff for not getting…

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Jul 25

Fulton Hogan fined $38,400 after employee bridge fall

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Contracting giant, Fulton Hogan, has been fined $38,400 after an employee fell about three metres onto a riverbed while repairing a bridge on the West Coast of the South Island. The accident happened on 20 August 2009 while maintenance work was being done on the single-lane steel and wooden Big Wainihinihi Bridge on…

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Jul 20

Ballantynes losing 40 staff in post-quake restructure

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Major Christchurch department store Ballantynes is laying off up to 40 staff in a restructuring exercise following the 22nd February earthquake. Managing director Mary Devine the move saying; “We are going through a full consultation with staff on the proposed restructure. It’s important to note that we will still maintain staffing levels in…

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Jul 15

Tegel pleads guilty after worker loses finger tip in mincer

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Tegel Foods has admitted a workplace safety breach after a female employee had her finger tip severed in a mincing machine. The Department of Labour brought the prosecution in a sitting of the Christchurch District Court at Nga Hau e Wha marae today before Judge Stephen Erber. Sentencing is set down for the…

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Jul 11

Hairdresser awarded $4000 after poor communication over parental leave

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The Employment relations Authority has ordered a Christchurch hairdressing salon to pay $4000 compensation to a woman who was “fobbed off” when she tried to return to work after parental leave. The Authority ruled that Bridget Isherwood was compromised by her ex-employer – Synergy Hair – under the Parental Leave and Employment Protection…

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