web analytics

Synovate lockout lifted

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, April 15th, 2009 - 18 comments
Categories: workers' rights - Tags: ,

9_crowd

Indymedia reports that the lockout at research company Synovate has been lifted and a settlement has been reached:

Late last night, union and company negotiators reached a settlement at the Department of Labour.

Pay rises will be 50c now and 50c in 6 months. People will get paid for stat. holidays over the lock-out. And a bunch of other improvements in conditions that will really make a difference for these people’s lives.

Cheers for people’s support and solidarity. It was the key to victory.

Union members will be going back to work with heads held high.

This was a great demonstration of solidarity in action. Well done to the workers and everyone involved for standing up to the company’s lockout and giving them a good kicking.

Looks like the fundraiser planned for Thursday will be turning into a victory rally after all.

18 comments on “Synovate lockout lifted ”

  1. Chris G 1

    Good stuff!

  2. Matt 2

    Outstanding! And let’s hope this victory serves as a shining example to other workers in NZ 🙂

  3. Stephen 3

    Can anyone say what did it, specifically, or was it just protesting in general?

  4. Tom Semmens 4

    I suspect this may have been inspired by our French friends, the country we all love to hate but secretly wish we were more like.

    http://timescorrespondents.typepad.com/charles_bremner/2009/04/its-okay-to-lock-up-your-boss-says-nearly-half-of-france.html

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7964122.stm

    I particularly like the fact that almost half the French population agree “sequestration” of the boss is a good idea.

  5. Stephen 5

    You’re too kind Felix.

  6. Greg 6

    Serious question. Are employers all bad people?

    • Tane 6.1

      No. Some are, but the rest are just people working within the logic of an amoral system. Sometimes that leads to immoral outcomes.

      That’s why the Left tries to change the system, while also having a crack at those who behave particularly badly within it.

  7. big bruv 7

    So you achieved your goal by thuggery and bully tactics, I am sure that is going to do a lot for industrial relations at this firm.

    I would wager that the staff could have negotiated their own agreement without the abuse and threatening behaviour of the union scum, hell, they would even get to keep more of their own money by not having to pay union dues.

  8. Felix 8

    If everyone just ignores big bruv it’ll fuck off back to the sewer.

    You all know there’s zero point engaging with it so don’t waste your time. That’s what it wants you to do.

    • lprent 8.1

      Amazing as it seems, he isn’t banned (I checked). I suppose I usually read his inanities in the sewer and kind of expected that he would have picked up a permanent ban.

      So the usual rules apply. If he wants to make a dork of himself, he is entitled to, at least until a moderator sees a transgression of the policy or just gets annoyed adding notes to his comments.

      Mind you he probably has the largest set of comments with notes on of anyone on the site last year. He has a track record of being almost uniformly incorrect at a factual level. Why doesn’t that surprise me.

  9. jerry 9

    Thanks bystander – always interesting to see the other side of the story.

    I note that …”27 workers belonging to Unite represent a small percentage of the 150 call centre part-time staff employed by Synovate.”

    and Synovate’s comments that …..

    “On April 14th, the Auckland and Wellington offices of the Ministry of Social Development and ASB Bank were picketed by protesters representing Unite, causing disruption to their operations.

    The MSD and ASB are clients of Synovate. Whilst we support legitimate staff protest, actions like these are in no one?s interests, whether union or non-union.”

  10. Maynard J 10

    Why thanks so much for the spin sample, bystander. I note it says that reports of a pay increase are inaccurate (thus trying to make the strike look ineffectual to simple folk who can’t read between the lines), when that’s only because it’s an MoA signed in the leadup to signing the collective.

    I did like their wee sob-story about targeting their clients – good to let people know who’s using whom when there’s a lockout.

  11. I would suggest that there is an equal amount of nonsensical propaganda from both sides Maynard J. No point believing every group that waves red flags outside my windows is it? 🙂

    • Maynard J 11.1

      I largely agree with that sentiment, Clint. PR is so zero-sum! In this example, Synovate seem to be clutching at straws with their definitions, while the Union seems high on rhetoric. Both for a good enough reason.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Fast-tracked Northland water project will accelerate economic recovery
    The Government has welcomed the decision to approve a new water storage reservoir in Northland, the first of a number of infrastructure projects earmarked for a speedy consenting process that aims to accelerate New Zealand’s economic recovery from Covid-19.  The Matawii Water Storage Reservoir will provide drinking water for Kaikohe, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Tokelau Language Week reminds us to stay united and strong
    Staying strong in the face of challenges and being true to our heritage and languages are key to preserving our cultural identity and wellbeing, is the focus of the 2020 Tokelau Language Week. Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio, says this year’s theme, ‘Apoapo tau foe, i nā tāfea ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • NZ announces a third P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    The Government has deployed a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea, announced Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “New Zealand has long supported ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pacific trade and development agreement a reality
    Pacific regional trade and development agreement PACER Plus will enter into force in 60 days now that the required eight countries have ratified it. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the announcement that the Cook Islands is the eighth nation to ratify this landmark agreement. “The agreement represents ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Securing a pipeline of teachers
    The Government is changing its approach to teacher recruitment as COVID-19 travel restrictions continue, by boosting a range of initiatives to get more Kiwis into teaching. “When we came into Government, we were faced with a teacher supply crisis,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “Over the past three years, we ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Border exceptions for a small number of international students with visas
    The Government has established a new category that will allow 250 international PhD and postgraduate students to enter New Zealand and continue their studies, in the latest set of border exceptions. “The health, safety and wellbeing of people in New Zealand remains the Government’s top priority. Tight border restrictions remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • First COVID-19 vaccine purchase agreement signed
    The Government has signed an agreement to purchase 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 750,000 people – from Pfizer and BioNTech, subject to the vaccine successfully completing all clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand, say Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods and Health Minister Chris Hipkins. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • International statement – End-to-end encryption and public safety
    We, the undersigned, support strong encryption, which plays a crucial role in protecting personal data, privacy, intellectual property, trade secrets and cyber security.  It also serves a vital purpose in repressive states to protect journalists, human rights defenders and other vulnerable people, as stated in the 2017 resolution of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ministry of Defence Biodefence Assessment released
    The Ministry of Defence has today released a Defence Assessment examining Defence’s role across the spectrum of biological hazards and threats facing New Zealand. Biodefence: Preparing for a New Era of Biological Hazards and Threats looks at how the NZDF supports other agencies’ biodefence activities, and considers the context of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020
    New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020 Hon David Parker’s response following Thomas Piketty and Esther Duflo. Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening, wherever in the world you might be. I first acknowledge the excellent thought provoking speeches of Thomas Piketty and Esther ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Kaipara Moana restoration takes next step
    A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed today at Waihāua Marae between the Crown, local iwi and councils to protect, restore and enhance the mauri of Kaipara Moana in Northland. Environment Minister David Parker signed the document on behalf of the Crown along with representatives from Ngā Maunga Whakahī, Ngāti ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand and Uruguay unite on reducing livestock production emissions
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Uruguayan Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries Carlos María Uriarte have welcomed the launch of a three-year project that will underpin sustainable livestock production in Uruguay, Argentina, and Costa Rica.  The project called ‘Innovation for pasture management’ is led by Uruguay’s National Institute of Agricultural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • 3100 jobs created through marae upgrades
    Hundreds of marae throughout the country will be upgraded through investments from the Provincial Growth Fund’s refocused post COVID-19 funding to create jobs and put money into the pockets of local tradespeople and businesses, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta have announced. “A total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Health volunteers recognised in annual awards
    Health Minister Chris Hipkins has announced 9 teams and 14 individuals are the recipients of this year’s Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.  “The health volunteer awards celebrate and recognise the thousands of dedicated health sector volunteers who give many hours of their time to help other New Zealanders,” Mr Hipkins ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Community COVID-19 Fund supports Pacific recovery
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says a total of 264 groups and individuals have successfully applied for the Pacific Aotearoa Community COVID-19 Recovery Fund, that will support Pacific communities drive their own COVID-19 recovery strategies, initiatives, and actions. “I am keen to see this Fund support Pacific ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago