Printing workers refuse overtime after employment talks break down

Press Release – EPMU
Workers in Wellington and Auckland covered by the collective agreement at the Blue Star Print Group will not work overtime from Monday, after the breakdown of bargaining.

The company is attempting to claw back the workers’ terms and conditions of employment, including paving the way for the anti-union provisions of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill.

“The workers at Blue Star aren’t demanding anything extreme,” says Joe Gallagher, EPMU national organiser for communications. “All they want is to continue to work on the same basis they always have, with decent provisions for overtime and their fundamental work rights protected.”

The overtime ban will continue until an agreement is reached.

Blue Star Print Group operates a number of companies. The companies involved in this dispute are Format, Nicholson Print, Printlink, McCollam Print and Panprint.

The workers cover pre-press, printing, bindery, logistics, and stores.

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