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Earthquake information: Employer Responses
Unite has contacted all employers of Unite members in the Christchurch area. The email we sent out is copied below.
These are some of the shorter responses we have received or had forwarded to us from Christchurch employers. We will update information as we receive it.
If any Christchurch member has not heard form their employer about pay and working hours please contact Unite asap on 08002UNITE or email@example.com
For detailed responses see the following pages:
Restaurant Brands (KFC, Starbucks and Pizza Hut
ISS and First Security
Hoyts (24th Feb 2011)
In relation to Christchurch I am pleased to say that for the near future we intend to continue paying staff based in their normal rostered hours. It is important that we support them as much as we can. I am on the ground in Christchurch tomorrow and will update you once I have more to report.
HOYTS Exhibition & Oovie
Kaplan International College
I am pleased to inform you that all of our staff and students have been accounted for. They are safe.
Our hearts go out to the family and friends of missing staff and students of King's Education. The priority of our staff is the welfare and the immediate future of the 250 Kaplan students who do not have the same support network as the Christchurch residents. The school building is in the city centre and while we know it is still standing we are unable to assess whether there is any structural damage. Any of your members who would like more information should contact the College Principal, Aurelian Popescu.
Kaplan International College Auckland
We have not had a response from Burger King. This message was posted to the BK facebook site on Friday 25th February at 6.17pm
Christchurch teams: Thankfully we’ve managed to contact most of you but there are still a few we haven’t managed get hold of. We’ll keep trying and if we haven’t spoken to you yet please call your manager or us directly on 0800 425 464 so we know you’re safe and ok. Everyone at BK in New Zealand is thinking about our Christchurch teams and you are our first priority.
Unite email request to employers sent Thursday 24th February:
To all Employers of Unite Union members in Christchurch:
The tragedy in Christchurch is foremost in all our minds and our sympathies are with those who have suffered through the death and destruction wrought by the latest earthquake.
In the meantime we are beginning to field questions from our members in Christchurch about arrangements over employment and income etc. Several employers have already sent us very helpful information but we still have large gaps in what we are able to provide to members.
If you have not sent us information or the information has not been comprehensive then we'd appreciate urgent advice about the following:
Pay during enforced closedowns:
Most companies say they will continue to pay staff through the immediate period before issues of annual leave etc are raised. Please indicate your policy on this for the immediate future.
Safety of work premises:
What company sites or outlets are open or partially open and operating in Christchurch and surrounding areas?
When are those closed likely to reopen?
What procedures do you have to ensure buildings etc are safe before reopening?
Where can we and our members access the latest information from the company on the reopening of premises?
Where can we access information from your company most quickly for our members?
Is there a central contact person? (We realize employers will be making their own contact arrangements with employees but we have begun fielding calls on a wide range of issues)
Provision of EAP support to members:
Is there support available through your company to employees through things such as EAP services?
We look forward to hearing from you as quickly as possible.