Other industries raise concerns after retail workers claim they are working unpaid overtime

After some of the biggest names in New Zealand retail have been contacted by a workers union to investigate claims of unpaid overtime, other sectors are now raising their voices too.

The early childhood sector is one of those now looking into concerns about unpaid overtime.

"What I'm hearing is that within the private commercial sector teachers have been asked to come in for meetings in their own time unpaid," Early Childhood Education national executive rep Virginia Oakly told 1 NEWS.

First Union has collated complaints from its union and non-union members who allege their respective companies have been expecting employees to either stay back and work late for tasks, such as cashing up, tidying up or for work-related meetings.

1 NEWS spoke with a former staff member from a popular clothing brand, who said he felt “exploited” by the company .

"Essentially they’re using us for free labour. Often when we were meant to finish at eight, we’d be there at quarter to nine. So 15 minutes was paid, 30 minutes was not," he said.

Thirty percent of those who responded to First Union had similar stories. The organisation says it has communicated this morning with a number of major companies and asked them to investigate. 

Retail, finance and commerce secretary Tali Williams says the companies involved vary drastically in how widespread the problem is within their company.

"For some, it's simply a rogue issue with one supervisor or manager not being aware that they are breaking the law, for others it’s a systemic issue throughout company stores nationally."

Ms Williams says the work with companies will continue over the coming weeks.

"We will work with companies to ensure employees are not asked to work without pay."

First Union says it's received thousands of complaints from disgruntled current and former staff. Source: 1 NEWS



Winners in new Labour-led Government's first Budget set to be health, education and state housing, says 1 NEWS political editor Jessica Mutch

The winners in Grant Robertson's first Budget on Thursday are set to be health, education and state housing, says 1 NEWS political editor Jessica Mutch.

In health, $8 billion over four years has been promised - a big injection - and things like mental health are due for a win too, Mutch said.

"With education, things like early childhood education we understand will be a winner, and special education," she reported.

There have been a lot of hints that school buildings will be in for a win too, she added.

"With housing, we understand more state housing will be promised to be built as well."

But the word is don't hold your breath or get too excited.

"That's because the Government has already promised a lot of those just after the last election in the mini budget - things like the $75 a week families package," Mutch said.

She said a lot is riding on the Budget for the Finance Minister.

"He's set to deliver a higher-than-expected surplus. And he's going to be putting some of that aside in a kitty. He's going to be saving it for a rainy day for things like a natural disaster or for this Mycoplasma bovis outbreak."

The Government has already delayed some promises and our political editor says there could be more. 

"We saw that with the cheaper GP visits that were promised. And we'll find out more details of that in the Budget. There could also be more that are delayed or phased in as well."

National has said the Government has inherited a very favourable position with a lot of money to spend in this Budget.

But Mutch said with that comes expectation, especially for those that traditionally do well under Labour, and we'll see if it delivers in Thursday's Budget.

Grant Robertson will deliver the new Labour-led Government's first Budget since taking power tomorrow. Source: 1 NEWS

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Boy rushed to hospital after bridge jump goes wrong at camp south of Auckland

A boy has been airlifted to hospital after jumping off a bridge at a camp south of Auckland. 

Police and emergency services were called at 8:20pm regarding a water incident at the YMCA Camp Adair in Hunua.

A police spokesperson says a boy has apparently jumped off a bridge at the camp and is now being transported to hospital by helicopter.

St John says he is in a moderate condition. 

Source: istock.com


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