121 days ago

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2 days ago

Coast Allied workers strike

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

From local democracy reporter Brendon McMahon:

West Coast allied health workers made the case for a better pay deal by mounting two public pickets in Greymouth on Monday.

The allied workers cover 23 professions and 120 West Coast District Health Board union members.

Their 24-hour strike from 11.59pm resulted in two pickets today, at the Te Nikau Hospital and the Greymouth Town Square.

The workers are also on a 12-day 'work to rule' period until this Friday.

DHB therapeutic, rehabilitation, laboratory, occupational therapy and diagnostic services and other clinical support services and Hauora Māori, are all affected.

The dispute has been ongoing for 20 months as allied professionals seek pay parity.

Greymouth allied health worker Rudolf Van der Geest said the Employment Relations Authority recently put a proposal to DHBs to settle but the boards had waited until last Friday to respond, and had still not said what was on the table.

"This is a protest that has been going on for 20 months now. It takes 20 months to have to go to the ERA to get mediation -- still, nothing.

"The sad reality is more people will leave."

3 days ago

Trust a farmer to give us their opinion.

PGG Wrightson

The new range of Line7 performance workwear has been designed, developed and tested by you – New Zealand farmers. We asked, listened, and collaborated directly with farmers in the making of this gear. We tested and re-tested in on-farm environments. We re-engineered what farming workwear can be with your needs front of mind.

We brought our decades of experience creating world-class performance gear. Add to that a legacy of Kiwi innovation, a challenger spirit and a practical attitude that’s been part of Line 7 since we started back in 1963.

Every detail has been reviewed and refined – without overlooking the obvious. Breathable, flexible, functional and comfortable, while still being supremely durable and waterproof. Made to fit farmers of all shapes and sizes, with a dedicated range for women. Built to last, and last a bit longer still, with an included repair kit that means you can fix it up quickly yourself.

Now take it out there, try it on and put it to the test. Wear it out and wear it again. We’re pretty damn confident you won’t be disappointed
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11 days ago

Olive pressing

Kerrie from Wakefield

Just wondering if there is anyone who presses small amounts of olives - 20kgs - into oil.