scoop.co.nz 12 Mar, 2021 01:15 am

NZNO To Picket Labtests Auckland Office

NZNO To Picket Labtests Auckland Office
After ongoing negotiations with Labtests since September last year and mediation in late January, NZNO members have voted to take picket action and commence a 24 hour strike ballot NZNO organiser Sarah Barker says the decision comes after members ...

After ongoing negotiations with Labtests since September last year and mediation in late January, NZNO members have voted to take picket action and commence a 24 hour strike ballot NZNO organiser Sarah Barker says the decision comes after members rejected two offers which failed to even bring the starting rates up to a living wage." Ms Barker says the fact that the starting rates are not at a living wage is insulting given these are skilled workers providing an essential health service.Labtests needs to ensure all its workers are paid well and that their starting rate is at least the living wage.We will also undertake a strike ballot.

"Once members rejected the first offer of two percent, Labtests indicated this week they had another offer to present."We have exhausted formal pathways to urge Labtests to come up with an offer that fairly values these employees".

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