A weekly current affairs programme. “Many banks around the country will be closed on Friday. The Bank Officer’s Union today decided to continue their strike over the locations allowance issue for another two days. The extension of the strike comes despite last nights interview in which both the Bankers’ Association and the Bank Officer’s Union appear to be prepared to reopen discussions on the dispute. Conditional on those discussions taking place were from the Bank ‘s point of view, a halt to the industrial action and from the Union’s point of view, written affirmation from the Banks that they were prepared to go back to the conference table. Before we talk once again to Max Bradford and Angela Foulkes, separately this time, this is where we left it last night.”
Lindsay Perigo talks to Ms Angela Foulkes, Bank Officers’ Union and Mr Max Bradford, Bankers’ Association in the studio.
“In other industrial news, pulp and paper workers at the Tasman Mill at Kawerau will be back on the job tomorrow, for the first time in six weeks. The dispute over the signing of an efficiency agreement is estimated to have cost the company 44 million dollars in lost production, and the workers 2 million dollars in lost wages. Meanwhile, industrial action by clerical workers is spreading nationwide following another series of stop work meetings today. And pay talks between the Fire Services Commission and Firemen’s Unions has broken down. Again raising the possibility of strike action.
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