INDEPENDENT NEWS

VTNZ workers to strike over low pay

Published: Sun 4 Aug 2019 07:06 PM
VTNZ workers to strike over low pay
VTNZ driving test and vehicle testing officials will take strike action for 24 hours on Monday 5 August, in protest over their poor pay.
The strike takes effect just after midnight (12.01am) tonight nationwide.
E tū advocate, Sunny Sehgal says E tū’s VTNZ driver testing members are qualified professionals who do a dangerous job, but that’s not reflected in their wages.
“The pay is between $21.00 and $22.50 an hour, which may look good to some people, but it’s a skilful job. And it’s hazardous. They are in a car with people who may not be competent to drive,” he says.
Since 2014, VTNZ has been run by German company Dekra, which members say has consistently resisted improving their pay scales.
E tū member, Harun Ali says he’s a trained and qualified professional who has to manage multiple risks on the job “but the pay doesn’t recognise that.
“I have a passion for this job. It’s something I love to do, but it’s risky,” says Harun, who has 14 years of experience as a driver testing official.
“Drivers are often poorly prepared. There are a lot of accidents and a lot of us are being hurt. We face people who come out of jail, who are very threatening.
“We’ve been chased around the cars, bullied and threatened. A lot of times we end up calling the cops.”
Sunny says VTNZ mechanics are also qualified tradesmen whose pay rates are well below the industry standard.
Mediation has failed to resolve the dispute, leaving members little choice but to walk off the job, he said.
“Members are only asking for a fair increase to their wages to properly value their work and to cover the growing costs of housing, fuel and food.”
ENDS

Next in Business, Science, and Tech

Services lead GDP growth
By: Statistics New Zealand
Letter to Immigration Minister From Early Harvesting Growers
By: One Plus One
Scientists discover one of world’s oldest bird species
By: Canterbury Museum
Helping regions fill skills shortages and Kiwis come first
By: New Zealand Government
Report: Govt Inquiry into Auckland Fuel Supply Disruption
By: Inquiry into The Auckland Fuel Supply Disruption
NZ economy grows 0.5% in June quarter, beating expectations
By: BusinessDesk
Don’t blame President Trump for slowing economy
By: New Zealand National Party
Labour's big government economic policies continue to fail
By: ACT New Zealand
Kiwi economic growth slows. We need fiscal caffeination
By: Kiwibank
Weakening economic growth shows need for tax cuts
By: New Zealand Taxpayers' Union
Employers pen open letter to Minister in ‘desperation’
By: New Zealand National Party
Dismissive Minister out of touch with reality
By: ACT New Zealand
Labour issues in booming sector
By: Bayleys
Migrant Workers Association criticises work visa overhaul
By: RNZ
More detail needed on migrant worker policy
By: BusinessDesk
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media