Send A Message Of Support for Locked Out Workers

Published: Thu 19 Jul 2007 11:55 AM
Send A Message Of Support for Locked Out Hospital Workers
Click here to send a message to Spotless and the District Health Boards - stop the lockout and agree to a fair deal!
Eight hundred members of the Service and Food Workers Union in New Zealand have been locked out from their jobs as cleaners, kitchen staff and orderlies in ten major hospitals. Spotless, the local arm of an Australian based transnational, has locked the workers out for two weeks in an attempt to force them to agree to bargain outside the framework of a national pay settlement for other public hospital workers.
Spotless has paid among the lowest rates in the sector with many workers paid on or near the minimum wage of NZ$11.25. The national settlement would see pay rise for as much as $3 an hour for 3,000 low waged workers.
Over the past year union lobbying has secured an additional $16 million of new government funding. Although 21 other employers have signed up to the deal Spotless, the largest employer in the sector, has refused to be part of national agreement and insists on completely separate bargaining.
With Spotless management now locking out its workforce, please send your message to lobby the District Health boards to intervene and require Spotless to lift the lockout.
Service and Food Workers Union Nga Ringa Tota

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