Unionised hospital workers win

SmileWe’ll quote directly from the Service and Food Workers Union, who represented the locked out hospital workers:

“We Beat the Boss!

On Tuesday morning union members were celebrating their second victory in 24 hours.

Hundreds of members heard that Spotless bosses were finally willing to sign a letter of intent promising to pass on the same terms and conditions that have been negotiated with the DHBs, OCS, ISS and Compass (the other contractors in public hospitals).

The win comes hot on the heels of Monday night’s ruling in the Employment Court that the lockout by Spotless was illegal. The union legal team will be taking a case to the Employment Court to argue to argue that locked out members are owed wages for the full 9 days.

Members headed back to work on Tuesday for the first time in over a week and a year of negotiations may have finally come to a close for nearly 3000 hospitals members.

With Spotless willing to sign on to the same national deal, all hospital service workers can look forward to seeing a settlement that will finally mean we have poverty wages out of our hospitals and Healthy Pay for Healthy Hospitals.

The Employment Court will soon determine how much money Spotless has to return to members. In the mean time, these workers remain unpaid and your donations will mean they can buy food for their families this week.

Please consider making a contribution if you haven’t already so that these staunch members can stay strong until the money from Spotless comes through.

A heartfelt thanks from the members to all of you who have played a part in keeping their spirits high. The support has been overwhelming.”

(thanks to the NDU for the photo)


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