Last Tuesday at 1pm the SkyCity International Convention Centre caught fire. It burned for days and released huge amounts of toxic smoke into the city.
Some workplaces closed on Tuesday and remained closed until it was safe again, however many businesses continued to operate through the danger and exposed their workers to the toxic smoke.
If you or any of your workmates have experienced any of the following symptoms, or left work because you felt sick or stayed home sick, please see your doctor, get a medical certificate for anytime you took off and explain to your doctor that it was a work related injury for ACC purposes:
- burning eyes
- difficulty breathing
- heavy coughing
- loss of consciousness/fainting
If you have become sick as a result of the smoke exposure or been pressured to work when it was clearly unsafe please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you were required to use leave when your workplace was closed please let us know, making workers take leave in events like this is unlawful.
If you have taken sick leave as a result of the smoke please let us know, the smoke was a work related injury so should not come off your sick leave balance.
Every worker has the right under NZ law to refuse unsafe work - don't put yourself in danger, the union will support you if you refuse unsafe work.
Justice for Skycity Workers! Masked Ball and rally Friday 7pm
Skycity workers have been striking to bring back time and a half weekend and night rates for over two months now, not just for themselves but for all workers in New Zealand. But now they see that the company has put its profits before the health and safety of its workers, in a terrible evacuation that left many workers inhaling toxic smoke for up to four hours on the day of the fire, and then many more forced to breath smoky air in confined spaces after being ordered back to work on Thursday.
The Skycity workers call on all of Auckland to rally in solidarity with them this Friday (1st November) 7pm at the base of the Skytower to then reclaim Federal Street from the company. Federal Street is our street.