Unions battle employment law changes

Simon Bridges not looking too petrified that the Unions are gunning for him.Unions are united in their opposition to proposed employment law changes, saying they will affect not only workers but their children and the healthcare system. Submissions to a parliamentary select committee on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill entered their second week yesterday. The changes will allow employers to opt out of collective bargaining if negotiations stall and withdraw from multi-employer collective agreements. They will also remove the rule that [...]

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Workplace Harassment and Bullying

Victims of bullying and harassment in the workplace often feel isolated with no way out. Introduction Most workplaces have harassment and bullying policies in place. Many of these were written following the implementation of legislation such as the Human Rights Act, Health and Safety in Employment Act and Employment Relations Act. The emphasis for many of these policies was on sexual harassment and related inappropriate behaviour in the workplace. While most workplaces have seen a cultural shift away from instances of [...]

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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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