5 Sep 2014

Tiwai decision goes to appeal

2:04 pm on 5 September 2014

The Court of Appeal has agreed to hear arguments over whether workers at the Bluff aluminium smelter have been given enough days in lieu after a roster change.

Shift workers at the Tiwai Point smelter moved from eight-hour to 12-hour days in 1991 but continued to be credited eight-hour days in lieu.

The Employment Relations Authority said they should have been credited with 12-hour days and upheld the decision on appeal in May this year.

In June, owner New Zealand Aluminium Smelters (NSA) asked the Court of Appeal for a hearing. The court today released its judgement granting a hearing into whether the Employment Court erred in its interpretation of the Holidays Act.

Tiwai Point aluminium smelter.

Tiwai Point aluminium smelter. Photo: PHOTO NZ

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