Oct 21

Axed KFC staff get their jobs back

Posted by Dave Griffith

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…

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Oct 8

The five signs of impending redundancy

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Damian Birkel knows what it means to get the axe. In his lifetime, Birkel, 58, has been fired five times and survived four corporate reorganisations. “Losing one’s job is extremely traumatic,” said Birkel, the author of The Job Search Checklist and founder of Professionals in Transition, a North Carolina-based non-profit, job-search organization. “It…

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Sep 25

Telstra cuts 1100 jobs as roles shift offshore

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Telstra has announced it will cut 1100 jobs as part of the next stage of a major restructure announced last May. The bulk of the job losses are expected to come from Telstra Operations, the business unit that handles the design, construction, and operation of Telstra’s networks, plus the delivery of some customer…

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Aug 14

Implement your own change management strategy

Posted by Dave Griffith

I work with a number of different organisations across a variety of sectors and they all have a common theme – constant organisational change. There seems to be a perpetual conveyor belt of change management projects big and small regardless of the nature of the organisation. Most organisations have got the change management…

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Oct 16

Older Workers going into Business

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Increasing numbers of Australian workers made redundant as they approach retirement are refusing to be discarded by going out on their own. It is the catch-22 of life in a post-global financial crisis (GFC) world. Australians are living longer and being encouraged to work longer to pay for their retirement. Yet older workers…

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Sep 7

IRD confirms job cuts in regional offices

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Inland Revenue has confirmed it’s cutting 156 jobs from its regional offices. The affected branches are Rotorua, New Plymouth, Napier, Nelson and Invercargill. Deputy Commissioner Carolyn Tremain said the original proposal was for 191 job losses, but after consultation with staff the number has been reduced to 156. She said IRD will keep…

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Jul 20

Ballantynes losing 40 staff in post-quake restructure

Posted by Dave Griffith

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 14

KiwiRail axes 40 jobs in Dunedin

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KiwiRail is to axe 40 jobs from their Hillside workshop in Dunedin and the company is calling for voluntary redundancies. The announcement was made today after five weeks of consultation with staff who were told of the decision today, KiwiRail said. “It is a fact that the size of the Hillside workforce has…

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Jul 13

Reading confidential docs on plane raises workplace issues

Posted by Dave Griffith

The current controversy over an insurance company employee who pulled out confidential documents about restructuring and redundancies and started reading them in full view of passengers has raised serious issues about working in transit. A passenger on the flight, Frank van der Zwaag said he was on the Auckland to Wellington flight last…

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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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