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The announcement last October of a “national pay freeze” in response to the global financial crisis left New Zealand mine employees scrambling to find new ways to keep the lights on.
“We’re seeing increased demand for us,” said Mr Nel. “It makes a lot of sense that we’re here because we have to keep things going. It’s the safest, it’s been the longest operating life, and it works because we’re prepared to go to work.”
There are now nine mining communities across the country, and around 1,000 employees. For that reason, the national pay freeze is a key sticking point in negotiations with workers’ unions and the company. But that has given miners an incentive to maintain their work conditions to ensure 영주출장샵출장 마사지they are well paid.
At his farm, John Nel runs an operation he calls Stagger Minder. Like his wife, he doesn’t want to give his full name but is keen to make a statement about the pay cuts and benefits he and his co-workers have seen.
“I’m actually pretty worried about losing my employment,” he said.
He uses the money he’s made through mining and for his family to buy what he and his wife sell. The farm provides food, seeds, wood, and fuel and supplies the farm with income.
Nel said the benefits are good for the economy. As a local and as a member of the local community, he has access to things he wouldn’t otherwise have access to. He says if he had his own business, he would be able to provide the same benefits, as it would increase his income from the sale.
“There’s something here to keep the people moving, ke강남출장마사지eping our businesses going,” said Nel.
Nel is a member of Local 576 of the United Electrical Workers, which represents about 1,100 of his co-workers. It is one of the main reasons they took the first steps in the negotiations at the beginning of this year.
Local 576 argues the cuts are necessary and fair, but only if workers with an industrial union are made more equal and if employers’ rights of collective bargaining are strengthened.
The miner group wants the national wage to be as high as the minimum wage that New Zealand emplo서산출장마사지 서산출장안마yers pay their employees in their own home country. They are also asking for a guaranteed income for all members of the workforce and a guarantee that workers are paid their fair share, in their own home country.