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Friday 20 May 2022

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Food sector agreements, wage exemptions, fast track residency to plug worker shortages – govt 12th May 2022 /

Food sector agreements, wage exemptions, fast track residency to plug worker shortages – govt

New sector agreements with the meat processing and seafood industries will be put in place later this year to help develop their workforces, says the government.


Hospo welcomes temporary migrant worker changes 12th May 2022 /

Hospo welcomes temporary migrant worker changes

The hospitality industry says changes to migrant worker settings will be a welcome relief for businesses struggling to fill vacancies as the country’s border restrictions ease.


Employment Court finds Gloriavale leavers employees 11th May 2022 /

Employment Court finds Gloriavale leavers employees

The Employment Court has found three former Gloriavale commune members on the West Coast were employees not volunteers at the registered charity which has F&B ventures.


Unemployment stays at record low, wages on the rise 5th May 2022

Unemployment stays at record low, wages on the rise

Unemployment has remained at a record low of 3.2% for the March 2022 quarter, according to Stats NZ’s latest employment figures.


More than 6k working holiday applicants so far, more expected with border easing 2nd May 2022 /

More than 6k working holiday applicants so far, more expected with border easing

The workers will support NZ’s hospitality, horticultural and tourism sectors, says Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi.


Seeka staff call for secure wages in new agreement 2nd May 2022 /

Seeka staff call for secure wages in new agreement

Workers at Seeka have written to the company to seek assurances during bargaining for a new collective agreement that there will be no wage reductions at the end of the harvest in June.


Takitimu Seafoods restructure puts 45 jobs on the line 28th April 2022 /

Takitimu Seafoods restructure puts 45 jobs on the line

Hawke’s Bay iwi-owned Takitimu Seafoods has started a restructure consultation process which could see its headcount reduce from 70 workers to 25 after falling to a $6.9m loss in its 2020-21 year.


Food and fibre workers welcomed, but make it quick and allow more – MIA, DairyNZ 12th April 2022 /

Food and fibre workers welcomed, but make it quick and allow more – MIA, DairyNZ

Under-pressure meat processors are among business that will benefit from an increase in the class border exceptions and caps.


Supply chain pressure bolsters record Q1 job listings – Trade Me 6th April 2022 /

Supply chain pressure bolsters record Q1 job listings – Trade Me

Supply chain challenges were one of the reasons behind a record number of job vacancies in the first quarter of the year according to analysis from Trade Me Jobs.


Limited scope for businesses to opt-in to vaccine mandates – govt 31st March 2022 /

Limited scope for businesses to opt-in to vaccine mandates – govt

The government has updated guidance to businesses now that most workplaces will not require vaccine mandates from 4 April.


Border re-opening risks exacerbating worker shortages – report 31st March 2022 /

Border re-opening risks exacerbating worker shortages – report

The re-opening of New Zealand’s borders could make it harder for employers to fill critical worker shortages as Kiwis head overseas, according to a new report which estimates a net outflow of 16,500 people as border opened.


New initiative aims to grow food and fibre companies 31st March 2022 /

New initiative aims to grow food and fibre companies

A new initiative spearheaded by the Primary Industry Capability Alliance aims to grow more workplaces in the food and fibre sector.


Fair Pay Agreements Bill will drive up prices – Retail NZ 30th March 2022 /

Fair Pay Agreements Bill will drive up prices – Retail NZ

The government’s Fair Pay Agreements Bill has been Criticised by Retail NZ who said it would drive up consumer costs if implemented. 


Acceleration in “career waka jumping” – report 24th March 2022

Acceleration in “career waka jumping” – report

New Zealand companies are seeing an acceleration of ‘career waka jumping,’ according to the 2021/22 Beyond Recruitment Economic & Labour Report.


NZKGI puts the call out for more workers 15th March 2022 /

NZKGI puts the call out for more workers

Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated says the sector is desperate to attract overseas backpackers to come over and pick fruit this season.


Manufacturing, hospo, hort to benefit from border easing – govt 14th March 2022 /

Manufacturing, hospo, hort to benefit from border easing – govt

But it’s no ‘silver bullet’ for industries struggling to cope with labour shortages.


Covid isolation cut to seven days from midnight Friday 9th March 2022 /

Covid isolation cut to seven days from midnight Friday

The isolation period for Covid-19 cases and household contacts will go down to seven days from 10 at 11.59pm on Friday 11 March.


Countdown workers need pay parity with Aussie colleagues – union 8th March 2022 /

Countdown workers need pay parity with Aussie colleagues – union

Countdown employees working alongside Australian colleagues shipped in to fill gaps in New Zealand stores and supply chains should immediately receive pay parity and be remunerated at the significantly higher rates of their colleagues from across the ditch, First Union says.


Unclear guidelines leading to hospo business fines 8th March 2022 /

Unclear guidelines leading to hospo business fines

Government guidelines on wage subsidies need to be clearer to protect small business owners including hospitality operators who are being fined for misinterpreting the rules.


Pop-up info sessions for fruit harvest jobs 8th March 2022 /

Pop-up info sessions for fruit harvest jobs

A number of pop-up information sessions aiming to plug the fruit harvest labour shortage have kicked-off in Hastings.


Foreign worker scheme boosted for dairy season 3rd March 2022 /

Foreign worker scheme boosted for dairy season

Federated Farmers is relieved hundreds of extra international dairy workers can enter New Zealand this season.


Hospitality welcomes end of self-iso 1st March 2022 /

Hospitality welcomes end of self-iso

Business and hospitality groups are pleased the government is ditching self-isolation requirements for returning New Zealanders.


RSE cap boost too late for this season – Hort NZ 1st March 2022 /

RSE cap boost too late for this season – Hort NZ

Horticulture New Zealand says the government’s decision to boost the cap on the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme would benefit future picking seasons.


RSE worker cap raised, challenges remain – govt 28th February 2022 /

RSE worker cap raised, challenges remain – govt

The government’s extended the cap on RSE workers for this season but warned there might be hurdles in getting enough people here to finish picking.


Businesses critical of minimum wage increase 14th February 2022 /

Businesses critical of minimum wage increase

The business sector is critical of a move to raise the minimum wage 6% during the expected Omicron wave.


Critical worker details coming this week – PM 9th February 2022 /

Critical worker details coming this week – PM

Industries will know by the end of this week which of them are considered critical, says Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.


Mixed reception to border plan from food sector groups 4th February 2022 /

Mixed reception to border plan from food sector groups

While it opens for more workers, it comes too late for some and does not do enough to address labour shortages for others.


Foreign critical, skilled workers to skip MIQ from mid-March – PM 3rd February 2022 /

Foreign critical, skilled workers to skip MIQ from mid-March – PM

But they will still need to go into self-isolation, says Jacinda Ardern.


Labour shortages concern, global prices strong for producers – ANZ 3rd February 2022 /

Labour shortages concern, global prices strong for producers – ANZ

Labour shortages are the most pressing concern for the country’s primary sector but global prices should remain strong, according to ANZ’s latest Agri Focus report.


EMA gives thumbs down to income insurance proposal 3rd February 2022 /

EMA gives thumbs down to income insurance proposal

EMA won’t support the government’s proposed Income Insurance Scheme as it is, saying it would result in a further tax on businesses.


Perspectives: Omicron will add to workforce shortages faced by key NZ industries 2nd February 2022 /

Perspectives: Omicron will add to workforce shortages faced by key NZ industries

The Omicron wave about to wash over New Zealand will exacerbate an already tightening labour market.


Govt inaction could impact food production – Nats 1st February 2022 /

Govt inaction could impact food production – Nats

The National Party says government inaction on border class exceptions for time-critical workers could have an impact on food production and distribution in New Zealand.


Skills shortage, supply chain top challenges facing bosses – survey 3rd December 2021 /

Skills shortage, supply chain top challenges facing bosses – survey

Mounting skills shortages and ongoing supply chain disruptions are among the key challenges for company directors, according to the Institute of Directors and ASB Bank’s annual survey.


Countdown DC workers secure 5% pay rise 29th November 2021 /

Countdown DC workers secure 5% pay rise

Countdown distribution centre workers at two Auckland sites have signed a new agreement that includes a 5% wage rise for the next year and a 3.9% increase for a reduced 9-month term in the following year.


Domino’s dangles a ‘year’s worth of free pizza’ to help fill 1500+ jobs 24th November 2021 /

Domino’s dangles a ‘year’s worth of free pizza’ to help fill 1500+ jobs

Domino’s is hoping a year’s worth of free pizza will help fill more than 1500 new part-time and full-time roles.


Industry steeling for “substantial” labour shortage – Zespri 5th November 2021 /

Industry steeling for “substantial” labour shortage – Zespri

Zespri says the industry is now planning for a substantial labour shortage for the 2022 season.


Baker ordered to pay $300k in staff arrears, penalties 4th November 2021 /

Baker ordered to pay $300k in staff arrears, penalties

The owner of Dunedin-based Romeeco Bakery has been ordered to pay $299,038 in arrears and penalties after a Labour Inspectorate investigation.


Silver Fern Farms raises minimum wage rate by 10% 20th October 2021 /

Silver Fern Farms raises minimum wage rate by 10%

Silver Fern Farms and the New Zealand Meat Workers Union (NZMWU) have agreed an increase in the minimum hourly rate paid at the meat processor to $24 per hour – an increase of almost 10%.


Hospitality NZ welcomes visa extensions 13th October 2021 /

Hospitality NZ welcomes visa extensions

Hospitality New Zealand has welcomed the Government’s move to extend Working Holiday and SSE work visas by six months to allow onshore migrants to help fill labour shortages over summer.


8500+ visa holders granted extension to help summer harvest 12th October 2021

8500+ visa holders granted extension to help summer harvest

The government has extended working holiday and supplementary seasonal employment work visas by six months.


17,000 food, accommodation migrant workers could be eligible for residency – govt 30th September 2021

17,000 food, accommodation migrant workers could be eligible for residency – govt

The 2021 Resident Visa could allow around 17,000 workers in the food and accommodation sectors to stay in NZ.


Arrival dates, criteria set for RSE workers 28th September 2021 /

Arrival dates, criteria set for RSE workers

One-way, quarantine-free travel for Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers from Vanuatu will be allowed from 4 October, says the government.


RSE relief as govt approves Oct arrivals 13th September 2021 /

RSE relief as govt approves Oct arrivals

The details are yet to be finalised but government confirmation that quarantine-free travel will commence in October for workers from Vanuatu, Tonga and Samoa has provided a boost to growers.


Food firms grapple with vaccine rollout 31st August 2021 /

Food firms grapple with vaccine rollout

F&B manufacturers are keen to get essential services staff vaccinated but it’s not easy, despite government encouragement.


Govt restarts childcare scheme for frontline workers 23rd August 2021 /

Govt restarts childcare scheme for frontline workers

The government is restarting childcare for workers in Alert Level 4 businesses and services, which was available during last year’s national lockdown, education minister Chris Hipkins has confirmed.


Primary production workforce inquiry opens for public submissions 13th August 2021

Primary production workforce inquiry opens for public submissions

The Primary Production Committee is calling for public submissions on its inquiry into the future of the workforce needs in the primary industries of New Zealand.


Ingham’s offers paid vaccination leave 10th August 2021 /

Ingham’s offers paid vaccination leave

Poultry company Ingham’s is introducing paid vaccination leave for its staff in New Zealand and Australia in an extension to its health and wellbeing benefits.


MIA launches worker shortage campaign 6th August 2021 /

MIA launches worker shortage campaign

The Meat Industry Association has launched a campaign to help address the industry’s chronic shortage of employees – currently standing at around 2,000 people.


Labour shortage “likely to last years” – ASB 5th August 2021 /

Labour shortage “likely to last years” – ASB

New Zealand’s closed border is putting additional strain on the country’s labour market with ASB warning the impacts could last several years.


Food Made Fair campaign highlights supply chain workers 4th August 2021 /

Food Made Fair campaign highlights supply chain workers

Living wages, job security and local sourcing are the pillars of the initiative.


RSE relief for industry, hopes for thousands of seasonal workers… 3rd August 2021 /

RSE relief for industry, hopes for thousands of seasonal workers…

The horticulture and viticulture sectors are breathing a collective sigh of relief at the government’s decision to streamline the entry of seasonal workers from the Pacific.


…T&G seeks more than seasonal staff, looks to hire 150 permanent workers 3rd August 2021 /

…T&G seeks more than seasonal staff, looks to hire 150 permanent workers

The positions were needed to help meet global demand for the grower’s apples.


Restaurant Association expands Hospostart 27th July 2021 /

Restaurant Association expands Hospostart

The Restaurant Association is expanding its training programme, Hospostart, after receiving further backing from the Ministry of Social Development.


Sick leave doubled to 10 days a year 26th July 2021

Sick leave doubled to 10 days a year

Legislation doubling employees’ minimum sick leave entitlement to 10 days came into effect on Saturday 24 July.


MIA calls for halal butchers visa category 19th July 2021 /

MIA calls for halal butchers visa category

Government changes to some essential skills visa will help ease some of the pressure on the red meat sector’s migrant workforce but a permanent solution is needed, according to the Meat MORE »


Visa changes bring certainty for businesses – industry 16th July 2021 /

Visa changes bring certainty for businesses – industry

Changes to the essential skills visa will bring more certainty to accommodation and hospitality businesses struggling to fill vacancies, say industry groups.


Parts of economy too reliant on low skilled, foreign workers – Robertson 14th July 2021 /

Parts of economy too reliant on low skilled, foreign workers – Robertson

Too many jobs are being created in the low-wage economy, says the finance minister.


Kiwifruit industry needs 24k workers for 2022 – NZKGI 13th July 2021 /

Kiwifruit industry needs 24k workers for 2022 – NZKGI

The kiwifruit industry will need 24,000 seasonal workers in 2022, says New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc.


Govt launches inquiry into migrant labour in seafood sector 2nd July 2021 /

Govt launches inquiry into migrant labour in seafood sector

Former Sanford COO Greg Johansson will help conduct the inquiry.


Economic constraints like labour shortages growing – BusinessNZ 25th June 2021 /

Economic constraints like labour shortages growing – BusinessNZ

BusinessNZ’s quarterly planning forecast shows the economy bounced back during the June quarter with GDP figures holding up well, although warned that constraints to growth are rising.


Borders must open wider for key workers – business chamber 23rd June 2021

Borders must open wider for key workers – business chamber

The Auckland Business Chamber has added its voice to calls for immediate action in opening the border to allow entry for key workers to support the primary exports, hospitality, accommodation, and tourism sectors.


Sick leave doubles to 10 days 25th May 2021 /

Sick leave doubles to 10 days

The government has passed the Holidays (Increasing Sick Leave) Amendment Bill, doubling employees’ minimum sick leave entitlement to 10 days each year.


No going back to cheap migrant labour for industries like horticulture – govt 18th May 2021

No going back to cheap migrant labour for industries like horticulture – govt

The pandemic has highlighted NZ’s reliance on temporary migrant labour, says the government.


Inquiry opens into future primary industry workforce needs 18th May 2021

Inquiry opens into future primary industry workforce needs

Parliament’s Primary Production Committee has initiated a select committee inquiry into the future of the workforce needs in the country’s primary industries.


Industries welcome RSE boost, concerns over costs continue 11th May 2021 /

Industries welcome RSE boost, concerns over costs continue

But there are concerns over the costs of the scheme for employers.


Fisheries giants back NRDA ‘Catch a Job’ campaign 30th April 2021

Fisheries giants back NRDA ‘Catch a Job’ campaign

Sealord, Sanford, and Talleys have backed the regional recruitment drive urging individuals to ‘seas the opportunity’.


Hospo staff on Govt’s oversupply list 19th April 2021

Hospo staff on Govt’s oversupply list

Cafe workers, fast food cooks and kitchen hands are now on the Government’s oversupply list for all regions except Queenstown Lakes and Mackenzie Districts.


Good Employer Awards celebrate food and fibre sector – minister 14th April 2021 /

Good Employer Awards celebrate food and fibre sector – minister

The winners of the Good Employer Awards have been revealed.


Hospitality NZ welcomes extension to immigration bill 9th April 2021 /

Hospitality NZ welcomes extension to immigration bill

Chief executive Julie White said the extension would help struggling businesses find trained staff.


Govt urged to reserve MIQ spots for ag workers 8th April 2021 /

Govt urged to reserve MIQ spots for ag workers

Federated Farmers has asked the government to allow 500 skilled dairy staff into New Zealand.


Nestlé calls time on Auckland Allen’s production, 45 jobs to go 30th March 2021 /

Nestlé calls time on Auckland Allen’s production, 45 jobs to go

The food giant plans to relocate its Wiri confectionery manufacturing to Australia.


Dairy farmer fined $30k for labour breaches 11th March 2021 /

Dairy farmer fined $30k for labour breaches

An investigation in 2019 found breaches of minimum employment standards in relation to 24 workers.


700 seasonal workers from Samoa flown in for RSE 1st March 2021 /

700 seasonal workers from Samoa flown in for RSE

The workers will be placed at orchards and vineyards in Hawke’s Bay, Canterbury and the upper South Island.


Govt extends visitor visas 22nd February 2021 /

Govt extends visitor visas

The Government has eased visa restrictions for visitors already in New Zealand as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to cause havoc overseas.


AGMARDT looks for associate board member 19th February 2021 /

AGMARDT looks for associate board member

The Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust is taking applications for an associate board member to join its board of trustees. AGMARDT was an independent, not-for-profit charitable trust fostering MORE »


Best Ugly Bagel staff seek collective agreement 10th December 2020

Best Ugly Bagel staff seek collective agreement

A cohort of Best Ugly Bagels staff is aiming to negotiate a collective employment agreement will calls going out for more workers to join E tū union.  NZ chef Al MORE »