Unions - we're about fairness
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Posters and Flyers
Click on an image to view or download these resources for your work noticeboard and colleagues.
Fairness at Work for Women - Worth Voting For!
On November 26th Vote for Policies that Support Working Women.
Fairness at Work for Women Flyer/Poster (PDF)
Authorised by NZCTU, 178 Willis Street, Wellington.
Main provisions of the Amendment Act
Summaries of the main provisions of the Amendment Act which come into effect as of 1 April 2011:
A summary of all the provisions contained within the Amendment Act can be found on the Department of Labour website:
The Department of Labour has updated its Employment Relations web pages and publications to take account of the changes to the Employment Relations and Holidays Act from 1 April 2011.
Fairness at work - a sick joke?
Day of Action - 20 October 2010
On Wednesday 20 October NZNO held paid meetings around the country to discuss the unworkable, unreasonable and unfair changes to employment law the government is pushing through Parliament.
Photos, videos and other resources (link)
NZNO President Nano Tunnicliff's letter to all NZNO members
Tēnā koe NZNO member
NZNO believes that we have a positive role to play within workplaces, ensuring fairness at work and providing a voice for our members.
Proposed changes to employment law will see your rights at work being taken away from you.
Legislation often has unintended consequences, and NZNO believes that changes such as:
extending the 90-day fire-at-will law to all employers
requiring employees to have a doctor’s certificate after one day of sick leave if requested by the employer
removing the right of any member to have union representation when and where they need it, and
the option to “sell-off” the fourth week of annual leave
will create the real potential for unsafe and dysfunctional workplaces.
This letter is a call to action to join with fellow NZNO members, and 350,000 other union members from across the country, to ensure these proposed changes are stopped from becoming law.
Rallies are being held around the country on Saturday 21st August in all the major centres (Sunday 22 August for Dunedin), and I would love you to join us under the NZNO banner.
The rallies will be family friendly and festive. It will be a cross union and cross community gathering to send a firm message to the Government. I look forward to seeing you there.
Download the President's letter (PDF)
How your workplace rights are under threat
Extending the 90 day fire at will law to all workplaces
This will mean that every new job will be a temporary job for the first 90 days. If you are disliked for no reason, if you ask too many questions, if you identify work hazards and request safer work practices, or if you defend a member being bullied, you can be dismissed.
Loss of access to union representation
This means that NZNO organisers won’t be able to visit without employer permission. If you can’t meet with your union representative when you need to, you may be treated unfairly.
“Selling off” the 4th week of annual leave
You will be able to agree to trade off your 4th week of annual leave. Sufficient annual leave is a necessity if we are to achieve work life balance and avoid burn-out. What we need is proper staffing to cover our leave.
Doctor’s certificate after one day sick
This change forces you to get a medical certificate for every day you or your family are sick. Too many of us come to work sick now, the law should not be encouraging this - it puts your patients at risk!
Real life stories of unfair dismissals under the 90 day provision for small enterprises
Heather Smith was unfairly dismissed from her job under the 90 Day law. Her story was featured on the 6 o’clock news on TV One on Thursday 12 August.
Florence is a part time worker who is still at school. Florence was dismissed on the 85th day of her 90 day period and was completely unaware of anything that could have prompted the dismissal.
See Heather and Florence’s stories on YouTube at:
Find out more
To find out more about the proposed changes to labour laws and the Holidays Act and what you can do about it at:
Download the one page Fairness at Work flyer:
Fairness at Work A4 flyer (PDF)
You are trusted and valued in your community. Why should it be different at work?