Migrant workers ‘afraid to speak out’

Migrant workers are not protected enough to be able to expose abuse from their employers, a migrant workers' advocate says. Spokesperson for the Union Network of Migrants Dennis Maga says changes to migrant worker rights announced last week are a step in the right direction, but don't address the reason workers are afraid to speak out against their employer. Because their visa was tied to their job, migrants were reluctant to do anything that would affect their ability to keep [...]

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Management pay rises outpace workers

The gap between the pay of top chief executives and the staff they manage appears to be growing. In the latest Fairfax annual survey of pay rates at listed companies, the average pay of CEOs in 2012 was 26.4 times that of the average employee in the same companies. That's up from a multiple of 22.5 times in 2011. The survey covered 39 companies on the NZX50, of which 23 had consistent data available for the last three years. Investment [...]

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Liquor Stores fined $200k for ripping off workers

Two Auckland liquor stores and a dairy owned by businessman Ala'a Bader have been ordered to pay more than $200,000 in wage repayments and fines for breaching employment law. The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) has found that the companies that operate Civic Convenience, Symonds Liquor and Sky Liquor, underpaid some of their staff who were international students from India. A Labour inspector investigated after the workers complained. The investigation found that the men were not getting the minimum wage or holiday pay [...]

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Company fined for exploiting migrant workers

No fairtrade certification for this bathroom company. Auckland company Shynday Kitchen and bathroom have been found guilty of exploiting migrant workers and ordered to pay compensation totalling $23,065. The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) found that the Shynday factory  breached good-faith obligations when it dismissed two Chinese employees. Following and anonymous complaint a labour inspector visited the factory on 11th April this year and spoke to the two employees, Ming Mao and Guoqiang Sun. Sun claimed the factory manager, Wenjiang Xu, looked at him threateningly [...]

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Growing trend of working beyond 65 in NZ

More New Zealanders are working beyond the old retirement age of 65 in a trend that has helped cut apocalyptic projections about our national superannuation burden. Statistics NZ have announced that the population aged 65-plus has doubled since the early 1980's to 635,200 and was likely to double again by 2040. A quarter (25.1 per cent) of men and 14.8 per cent of women aged 65 and over are now still in paid work, up from just 8.7 per cent of [...]

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NZ Ahead in Work-life Balance

New Zealand workers are happier, and have a better work-life balance, than their counterparts in other countries, a new study says. The Regus work-life index study, published today, shows New Zealand is seven points ahead of the global average when it comes to the way workers balance their work and home lives. The study is based on the views of 26,000 professionals in more than 90 countries. The index shows New Zealand is ahead when it comes to work-life balance, sitting [...]

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Average worker spends quarter of day on emails

The average worker spends two-and-a-half hours writing emails every day, researchers have discovered. A poll found that more than a quarter of most employees’ time is wasted sending, receiving or sorting out emails instead of doing their jobs. That means that every year workers spend some 81 working days hunched over their computers - often emailing other people in the office. The research points towards the technology driven culture that has taken over where putting in the hours is what is important, [...]

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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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Unproductive workers costing billions

A third of Australian workers waste almost a quarter of their day at work, a survey shows. The Ernst and Young Australian Productivity Pulse survey found the lack of productivity costs businesses more than $41 billion each year in wages alone. The survey of 11,500 people showed the current economic slowdown particularly affects the productivity of workers who felt insecure about their jobs. "Workers that feel insecure about their roles or are unsatisfied with their workplace have fallen further down the productivity [...]

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NZ Workers happier than Aussies – survey

New Zealand workers are happier than their Australian counterparts, a survey says, despite being paid less and working longer hours. One researcher said it was proof New Zealand breeds "cheap and efficient" workers. The Regus survey found nearly half of New Zealand employees said they were working harder since the global downturn in 2010, and they now achieved more at work. And more than three-quarters said they were now happier in their jobs. Almost 70 per cent felt they had a better harmony [...]

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