Rotorua Review : March 25th 2015
ROTORUAREVIEW NG A H U ING A K O R E RO O RO T O RU A OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Coffey, and something stronger, at Eat Streat’s newest attraction. page 6 07 348 314 7 HAMILLS 1271 Fenton St FREE to 23,226 homes *ABC circulation (December 2014) Wednesday, March 25, 2015 www.rotoruareview.co.nz Phone 07 349 1870 CLOTHING COLLECTION: Veena Kameta and Alan Solomon have collected over 20,000 items of clothing for people in Vanuatu. PROGRAMME. STARTS 7TH APRIL TEXT FIT TO 244 TO INQUIRE NOW. 28 DAY BODY TRANSFORMATION page 3 Golds Health and Fitness 100 Old Taupo Rd 073488998 www.golds.co.nz ‘Bullying’ tactics used By BENN BATHGATE STAFF who picketed Rotorua’s Pak ‘n Save supermarket on Saturday were taking action for workers across the country who are being bullied and intimidated, claimed First Union senior organiser Bill Bradford. ‘‘There’s actually an epidemic of workplace bullying in this country and generally employers get away with it,’’ he said. Bradford said the picket was sparked by the actions of management at the supermarket and owner Neil Foster. Around 30 protesters picketed the store and there were heated scenes as one union member attempted to enter the store and was blocked by security guards. Police were called to the scene but by the time of their arrival the man had rejoined the main body of protesters away from the entrance. Bradford said First Union first entered the supermarket in March, when ‘‘stories of management’s greed and disregard for employment law quickly emerged.’’ He said more than 70 staff joined the union and when a list of members was sent to management ahead of a meeting under the Employment Relations Act, ‘‘the owner and his management team responded with a campaign of bullying and intimidation.’’ ‘‘One by one the workers who joined the union were summoned to speak with the store manager and the HR manager. Every worker in a business like Pak ’n Save fears a ‘call upstairs’,’’ Bradford said. ‘‘At each individual meeting members were pressured to leave First Union. Management used tactics like telling members the owner knew who joined the union, the managers then asked whether the member could afford the union fee and suggested the union cannot win a pay rise and better conditions for its members. ‘‘It is an abuse of power by management and a breach of employment law.’’ First Union has filed a claim in the Employment Relations Authority as a result of these meetings. ‘‘The owner and his management team cannot be allowed to breach employment law because they are fearful of the union’s ability to help workers win fair pay and conditions.’’ Bradford said typically, such management tactics work. ‘‘Many workers and families are only one paycheck away from financial disaster,’’ he said. ‘‘We had an unusual situation where people said no, we’re going to stick together. They’re becoming a voice for all those workers around the country who are feeling intimidated and bullied.’’ Foster said he would not com- ment but PR director of Pak ’n Save parent company Foodstuffs, Antoinette Laird, said talks on staff contracts were ongoing with First Union and denied their claims of bullying and intimidation. ‘‘We refute the allegations made by First Union,’’ she said. ‘‘As a business we are happy to facilitate the union negotiation process, and are keen to work towards discussing an outcome that is appropriate for all concerned. We are obviously disappointed the union has decided to organise a demonstration, as we believe there are more constructive ways to reach a resolution.’’ PAK'N SAVE PROTEST: A First Union member was denied access to the store. PAK'N SAVE PICKET: Workers protest outside Rotorua’s Pak ’n Save. Fresh Bluff Salmon Fillet Product of New Zealand Fresh Gurnard/Tarakihi Fillets Catch Permitting Product of New Zealand Saints Range 750ml 2499 kg 899 ea Prices valid until Sunday 29 March 2015. Trade not supplied. Deals valid until this Sunday or while stocks last. All prepared meals are serving suggestions only. Props not included. Available at all New World stores in the Upper North Island (Taumarunui to Kerikeri). Excluding Lower North Island (Ohakune to Wellington) and South Island. Some items may not be available at New World Metro Queen Street. Please contact the store for details. ON NOW SEAFOOD WEEK 6585513AB Due to current Licensing Trust laws, liquor is not available at stores within Trust areas. Liquor may only be sold during licenced hours specified in the store licence. *Available at participating stores only. Wine vintage may vary to one pictured.
March 18th 2015