Xmas Holidays: Contacting Unite and public holiday entitlements

Xmas Holidays: Contacting Unite and public holiday entitlements

Unite union wishes all our members and supporters a very happy Xmas and New Year. 

Over the past year Unite union delegates and organisers have recruited 3,855 new members. As most of you will know, turnover is very high in our industries (around 70% a year) and so we lost 3,524 members who left their jobs. However, the net gain of 331 is our best yearly increase for 5 years

Contacting Unite over the holidays

We know that many of you will be working over much of the holiday period and we want to make sure you can get help if you need it and know your entitlements for the public holidays.

Almost all of our organisers are on leave until Monday 9th January but there will be a duty organiser on every day, monitoring our 0800 number, text and email messages and responding within 2 hours from 9am to 5pm. Overnight messages will be responded to in the morning.

Renee Cope will be the duty organiser during the normal working days (Wednesdays to Fridays). Her mobile is 021 447 067 and her email is renee@unite.org.nz, but you can also contact her via the 0800 number as well.

If you need to contact us after hours, weekends and public holidays please use the following:

1. Call toll free 0800 2 UNITE (0800 286 483) or direct dial (09) 845 2132 (leave a message especially your name and contact details).

2. Text 022 GOUNION (022 468 6466)

3. Email support@unite.org.nz


Public Holiday pay and leave

Over the holiday season, there are four public holidays: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and 1 and 2 January.

This year, Christmas Day and 1 January fall on Sundays and will therefore be affected by the “Monday-isation” (or, this year, “Tuesday-isation”) rules in the Act. In summary:

  • If you would normally work on a Sunday, then your public holiday entitlements will apply on the actual days of 25 December and 1 January.
  • If you would not normally work on a Sunday but would normally work on a Tuesday, then the public holiday entitlements will transfer to the following Tuesday (i.e. 27 December and 3 January).
  • If you would normally work on both Sunday and Tuesday, then the public holiday is recognised on its calendar date (i.e. 25 December and 1 January).
  • If you are working Sunday, Monday and Tuesday you still only get 2 public holidays in total. 

You are entitled to receive a paid day off on a public holiday if it is a normal working day for you. How a normal working day is determined can vary from employer to employer but working at least three out of the previous four weeks on that day is a common test.

 If you are required to work on a public holiday, you should be paid at least time and a half for the time actually worked on the day (or your relevant daily pay if this is greater than the time and a half calculation). If you are required to work on a public holiday that falls on a normal working day, you are also entitled to receive an alternative holiday (day in lieu) to be taken in the future.

Of course - if you are unsure about anything you can contact us to advise and help.

Best wishes from Unite Union to you and your whanau.

Looking forward to a great 2017!