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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Construction workers in high demand

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 in Christchurch's civil construction market, said Jason Walker, managing director of recruitment firm Hays. "Demand is so high that [some] skilled professionals are offered jobs within 48 hours [...]

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Sacked airline pilot fails to get job back

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. In a ruling released yesterday, Employment Relations Authority (ERA) member James Crichton ruled Mr A was correctly dismissed but noted issues with the initial handling of an investigation [...]

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Man crushed by falling generator named

The accident scene at TransDiesel.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 at Calgary Place in Hornby just before midday. Mr Sutherland died at the scene. A witness who did not want to be named told APNZ [...]

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Woman complains about losing leave after being snow-bound

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 to work this week, despite police warnings that Cantabrians should stay off the snow-covered roads. The woman was told she had to take the two days [...]

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Fulton Hogan fined $38,400 after employee bridge fall

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 State Highway 73 between Greymouth and Christchurch. The employee stepped onto what he thought was a steel ‘I’ beam and fell about three metres onto a riverbed [...]

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Ballantynes losing 40 staff in post-quake restructure

Well done to Ballentynes for hanging off on redundancies as long as they have. 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 excess of 250 in support and sales staff for our City Mall [...]

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Tegel pleads guilty after worker loses finger tip in mincer

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 29th September. Prosecutor Pip Currie said the woman was a process worker who was working the mincing machine at the company's Carmen Rd premises on 6th [...]

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Hairdresser awarded $4000 after poor communication over parental leave

Just because an employee is out of sight for a while (on parental leave) does not absolve an employer from their duty of care.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 Act 1987 because [...]

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