Axed KFC staff get their jobs back

Following a public outcry KFC has been contacting laid off disabled workers with offers of re-employment. Some workers have leaped at the chance but at least five turned it down. Jared Dixon has autism and was last year forced out after 16 years working part-time at the Greymouth store. The 36-year-old was among 17 workers hit by store restructures which disestablished "limited duties" roles. But Jared's father Robert Dixon says his son has no wish to return. "He was so hurt [...]

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Court rules Talley’s worker not seasonal

A Talley's worker has won an employment case that could have significant implications for other New Zealand workers  and their employers. Employment Court chief judge Graeme Colgan has ruled that Lynette Turner, who worked for Talley's for 10 years at its Motueka fish-processing plant, was not a seasonal worker as the company claimed when it stopped employing her in 2011. Lawyer Anjela Sharma, who represented Turner, said today: "There is a reasonable likelihood there are other employees at Talley's fish processing [...]

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NZ workers ‘too pessimistic’ about job market

New Zealand workers are too pessimistic about the outlook for the job market, a business leader says. The latest quarterly Westpac McDermott Miller Employment Index shows employment confidence has hit its lowest level in over two years. The index fell 4.6 points in the December quarter, from 104.2 to 99.6. This is its lowest level since June 2009 when it stood at 96.1. A level over 100 indicates overall optimism, below 100 indicates pessimism. The results were most dismal in the section which [...]

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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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Is the traditional CV a thing of the past?

Increasingly we need to be online - or risk being off the pace, when it comes to job hunting.Our curriculum vitae used to be our ticket to employment. The exhaustive record of all we have achieved was the standard by which we were judged in the initial stages of our application for a job. A concise grammatically correct formal cover letter and a positive manner in an interview was good enough to be in the frame. Now covering letters have [...]

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