National Telecom strike begins

Press Release – Engineering Printing and Manufacturing Union

Up to 1000 Telecom lines engineers have begun nationwide strike action this morning to protest Telecom’s attacks on their incomes and employment rights. The one day strike coincides with the first day of operation by Telecom contractor Visionstream …

National Telecom strike begins

Up to 1000 Telecom lines engineers have begun nationwide strike action this morning to protest Telecom’s attacks on their incomes and employment rights.

The one day strike coincides with the first day of operation by Telecom contractor Visionstream who are trying to force workers into dependent contracting arrangements – a move that would cost workers a substantial part of their income and leave them with no employment rights

Strike action will be taking place around the county and a schedule of protests follows:

Whangarei
• Far North members travelling by minivans to Whangarei
• Picketing CBD all day

Auckland
• Transfield and Downer members will meet at Western Park, Ponsonby at 7.30am for BBQ breakfast and picketing
• Hold a demonstration outside Telecom House
• Members will be dispatched around the city to gather signatures for the petition and handing out flyers
• Meet back at Western Park at lunchtime for a BBQ

Waikato/BOP
• Stopwork meetings by members in Hamilton and Rotorua in morning to plan day’s events
Wanganui/New Plymouth
• Members are meeting in Wanganui early in the morning.
• 2 van loads of members will drive across to New Plymouth and meet up with fellow Transfield members there.
• The day will be spent on activities around the city – petitions, flyers.

Wellington
• BBQ breakfast and protest outside Telecom House at Frank Kitt’s Park on Jervois Quay at 8am
• Lunchtime – Lambton Quay handing out leaflets and petition to sign

Blenheim
• Members will be picketing the CBD

Christchurch
• Members will meet at EPMU offices (298 Cashel St) at 11am
• They will proceed on a fundraising march towards Telecom Offices
• Meet back at EPMU offices for a BBQ at 1pm

ENDS

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