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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The five signs of impending redundancy

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 is the most debilitating, humiliating situation." It is a reality that many people have faced. In 2012 alone, there were nearly 20.6 million layoffs and discharges in [...]

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Telstra cuts 1100 jobs as roles shift offshore

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 services. The latest cuts mean Telstra has shed nearly 4 percent of its Australian workforce of 30,000 in one hit. The jobs will be cut from [...]

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Implement your own change management strategy

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 technique down to a well oiled machine. Options for change are identified, researched thoroughly and presented to employees for consultation prior to a final decision. The employees [...]

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Older Workers going into Business

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 are often the first to be laid off in lean times and the least likely to find a new job. The solution for increasing numbers of people caught in [...]

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IRD confirms job cuts in regional offices

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 its offices, but where and how it does some work would change. The process is expected to take 18 months, and will start early next year.

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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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KiwiRail axes 40 jobs in Dunedin

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 always changed according to the amount of work available and the workload there has decreased due to the completion of projects including carriage construction work for [...]

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Reading confidential docs on plane raises workplace issues

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 Wednesday evening when a woman sitting near him pulled out a stack of papers marked "private and confidential". She was wearing a badge marked "AMP", and her [...]

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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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