Collectively.Thinking – September 2022

Sep 30, 2022

Another month has been and gone.  This month there was less activity than August to report on, but a couple of high-profile actions in there.  Essity and the Pulp & Paper Workers Union have settled their lockout, and the firefighters, while still ongoing, have agreed to stay out of the media until the end of September.  Those of us who are slightly cynical can see a link between stories 3 & 4 on the list below too.

Summarised here, with links provided, so you can catch up on September activities in one sitting.

1.  Current Bargaining

  • Essity’s Kawerau factory employees returned to work after being locked out. The union says the settlement keeps people ahead of inflation.
  • FIRST members at CV Compton in Auckland have settled on an 8% increase following their withdrawal of labour.

2. Current Industrial Action

3. Another increase for Auckland bus drivers

Following the 8% increase in July, another increase for drivers of up to 3.9% has been approved.  Bus drivers will now earn an average wage of $26.62 per hour, after Auckland Transport has had additional funding approved by Waka Kotahi.

4. “Safe Rates” Campaign

FIRST Union’s newest campaign has launched following a WorkSafe report on work-related fatalities involving vehicles.  In 2021, truck crashes caused 73 fatal injuries, 166 serious injuries and 670 minor injuries. Fatigue was a factor in at least 10%. This campaign centres around increasing driver rates to reduce fatigue and accidents.

    5. Living Wage 2022

    The 2022 Living Wage took effect on 1 September 2022, a 90c increase to $23.65 per hour, equivalent to 3.95%.  The rate of $23.65 is 68% of the average hourly earnings in New Zealand, which were $34.76 an hour for the year to June 2021.

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