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E tū awaits Living Wage for Government contract workers

By   /  June 16, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

E tū has welcomed the Government’s decision to move all directly employed workers in the core public service to a wage rate of at least $20.55 – the 2018 Living Wage. However, the union says the Living Wage needs to be extended to contract workers who also work in the core public service. E tū […]

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Announcement on FPAs welcomed – E Tu

By   /  June 6, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Announcement on FPAs welcomed – E Tu

Announcement on FPAs welcomed E tū welcomes the setting up of the working group on Fair Pay Agreements. E tū’s National Director of Campaigns, Annie Newman says today’s announcement is the fulfilment of a key election promise to workers, who need greater support for their pay and conditions. FPAs would set basic standards for pay […]

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Bitter taste of Cadbury PR push – E Tu

By   /  May 31, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

A promotional road show by Cadbury owner, Mondelez, will likely serve as a bitter reminder for many New Zealanders of what happened to Cadbury Dunedin, says E tū. Mondelez launches a road trip tomorrow, in a bid to persuade Kiwis to create “real moments of connection and to enjoy chocolate with the people they love.” […]

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Hearing exposes health risks for vulnerable workers – E Tu

By   /  May 16, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Hearing exposes health risks for vulnerable workers – E Tu

The health risks of insecure work have been exposed during Select Committee submissions today on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill. The Chairperson of the Hutt Union and Community Health Service, Muriel Tunoho told the Education and Workplace Select Committee that restoring meal breaks and protections for vulnerable workers is crucial to their health and wellbeing. […]

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E tū “stoked” over Highlanders tickets for Cadbury members

By   /  April 11, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on E tū “stoked” over Highlanders tickets for Cadbury members

E tū says former Cadbury workers are hugely looking forward to this Saturday’s Highlanders vs Brumbies game, which they will be able to attend for free. E tū Industry Coordinator, Phil Knight approached the Highlanders about making tickets available for a home game, as a fillip for redundant workers following the Cadbury closure. The franchise […]

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E tū welcomes new Living Wage of $20.55

By   /  April 5, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

E tū union welcomes today’s announcement of the new Living Wage rate and says there is still more work to do. The 2018 New Zealand Living Wage rate is $20.55 an hour – 35 cents more than the 2017 rate and the smallest annual Living Wage increase since it was first launched in 2013. The […]

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Major milestone as Cadbury production ends – E Tu

By   /  March 23, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Major milestone as Cadbury production ends – E Tu

Today marks a significant milestone at Cadbury, as the final production run – of Pineapple Lumps – rolls off the assembly line. The plant closes for good on 29 March, but workers are looking to the future, says Phil Knight, E tū’s Food Industry Coordinator, who visited the Dunedin factory on Wednesday. “We very much […]

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Closure of iconic Christchurch plant – E Tu

By   /  March 12, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Closure of iconic Christchurch plant – E Tu

Closure of iconic Christchurch plant E tū is extremely concerned to see another local manufacturer shutting up shop and heading overseas. Schneider Electric confirmed today it is closing its Christchurch plant and shifting operations to Australia and Vietnam with the loss of about 50 jobs. The plant, which produces light switches and power plugs, was […]

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Cleaners a fight dirty deal at meat works – E Tu

By   /  March 2, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Cleaners a fight dirty deal at meat works – E Tu

Cleaners at Auckland Meat Processors, owned by Wilson Hellaby, are vowing to stand together and fight a plan to axe a third of their jobs. The cleaners work under contract to ISS which plans to slash job numbers from 15 to ten. ISS has told the cleaners it is Wilson Hellaby which is demanding the […]

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Workers come forward to Chorus inquiry – E Tu

By   /  February 28, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

E tū says more workers are coming forward to report labour abuses to the Labour Inspectorate lead investigation into Chorus contractors and subcontractors working on the ultrafast broadband network. The investigation began just before Christmas, following reports of exploitative practices by Chorus subcontractors in Nelson where people worked for free, as so-called volunteers. E tū’s […]

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Malaysian labour scam industry wake-up call – E tū

By   /  February 26, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Malaysian labour scam industry wake-up call – E tū

E tū is urging the construction industry to get its house in order after revelations of a scam involving illegal Malaysian construction workers. Union Industry Coordinator, Ron Angel says the scam is symptomatic of how easy it is to lose control these days of just who is working on building sites. “People are calling this […]

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“Absolute hero” Kristine Bartlett wins New Zealander of the Year! – E tū

By   /  February 24, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on “Absolute hero” Kristine Bartlett wins New Zealander of the Year! – E tū

“Absolute hero” Kristine Bartlett wins New Zealander of the Year! E tū is thrilled for our equal pay hero, Kristine Bartlett who tonight was named New Zealander of the Year. It’s a huge honour and richly deserved, says Yvette Taylor, E tū Equal Pay Coordinator, who was with Kristine at tonight’s gala event to announce […]

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Workers gutted as ABCorp confirms trans-Tasman move – E Tu

By   /  February 21, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Workers gutted as ABCorp confirms trans-Tasman move – E Tu

E tū is extremely disappointed with the confirmation today that the plastic card manufacturer, ABCorp is to close its Christchurch plant. About 50 workers will lose their jobs after the company confirmed it was moving operations at the plant to Australia. “We’re gutted about this,” says Joe Gallagher, E tū’s Industry Coordinator, Communications. “The workers […]

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Scale of Fletcher debacle “gobsmacking” – E Tu

By   /  February 14, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Scale of Fletcher debacle “gobsmacking” The construction union, E tū says it is working to clarify the effect of Fletcher Building and Interiors’ huge loss on its members at Fletchers. “We’re still coming to terms with the fact that the country’s biggest building company is no longer bidding for new commercial projects, which is just […]

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Disappointment as JNL confirms job losses – E Tu

By   /  February 13, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

E tū is extremely disappointed with the confirmation today that Juken New Zealand Ltd (JNL) intends axing the jobs of about 90 workers at its East Coast mill in Gisborne. E tū represents production workers at the mill. E tū Engineering Industry Coordinator, Ron Angel says workers were expecting the worst when the proposal was […]

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Silver Fern Farms reduce already inadequate offer after industrial action – E tū

By   /  January 4, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Silver Fern Farms reduce already inadequate offer after industrial action – E tū

Nineteen maintenance workers at Silver Fern Farms Takapau are very disappointed that instead of improving their offer after today’s strike action, the company has made the offer even worse. Before the workers took industrial action, the company had offered a 1.5% increase as back pay for the nine months prior, followed by 2% increase at […]

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