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Average gender pay imbalance increasing, pay equity settlements need speeding up – CTU

By   /  August 15, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Council of Trade Unions Acting President Rachel Mackintosh said that updated figures out today from Statistics New Zealand show that women are still not being paid their worth and employers are not complying with current equal pay law. The latest average hourly gender pay imbalance is 13.9%, up from 13.1% in 2017.[1] The median hourly […]

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CTU celebrates settlement for education support workers – CTU

By   /  August 15, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The Council of Trade Unions today congratulated education support workers for achieving pay equity, with the signing of terms of settlement for workers who provide support to young children with additional learning needs. “Today’s settlement is huge affirmation of the work of these women. Their work has been undervalued for a very long time, and […]

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It’s time for teachers to shine – CTU

By   /  August 15, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Council of Trade Unions Secretary Sam Huggard said today that union members and officials around the country would be turning out to support NZEI Te Riu Roa industrial action to protect quality public education and the teaching profession. “Teachers and principals have been the last line of defence for our education system through a decade […]

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Deportation of Indian students shows need for a rule change – Council of Trade Unions

By   /  July 4, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Deportation of Indian students shows need for a rule change – Council of Trade Unions

Deportation of Indian students shows need for a rule change An Ombudsman’s report released last week shows our deportation rules aren’t working, especially for eight Indian students who were deported last year, says CTU Vice-president Rachel Mackintosh. The report concluded that our law did allow for deportation of the students because of “fraudulent” paperwork, even […]

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Government and unions right the wrong – CTU

By   /  June 23, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Government and unions right the wrong – CTU

Government and unions right the wrong for people working in mental health and addiction support Council of Trade Unions President Richard Wagstaff today congratulated the Government, the Public Service Association and E tū – and also providers – on a deal that rightly puts mental health and addiction support workers back into the pay equity […]

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Nurses’ vote shows frustration has reached tipping point – CTU

By   /  June 19, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs  /  Comments Off on Nurses’ vote shows frustration has reached tipping point – CTU

The Council of Trade Unions President Richard Wagstaff said that today’s vote from New Zealand Nurses Organisation members to reject the latest agreement offer from District Health Boards showed the cumulative strain of nine years of health underfunding has reached breaking point. “Collective bargaining is a reflection of the mood of the workforce. It’s clear […]

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Burger King quickly flame-grilling good will – CTU

By   /  June 16, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Burger King quickly flame-grilling good will – CTU

Council of Trade Unions Secretary Sam Huggard said today that Burger King should stick to flame-grilling burgers instead of roasting employment relations, as Unite members have had to resort to taking industrial action around the country. “Unite has made it really clear to Burger King that its lack of action to clean up unpaid work […]

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Fair Pay Agreements put NZ back on track to decent jobs – CTU

By   /  June 6, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Fair Pay Agreements put NZ back on track to decent jobs – CTU

Fair Pay Agreements put New Zealand back on track to decent jobs Decent jobs for Kiwis who have been trapped in low-wage industries are set to return with Fair Pay Agreements, says Council of Trade Unions President Richard Wagstaff. “Generations of New Zealanders had a deal where full time labour meant the security of a […]

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Unions ready to start just transition to low carbon economy – CTU

By   /  March 27, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Unions ready to start just transition to low carbon economy – CTU

The Council of Trade Unions Secretary Sam Huggard welcomed the announcement today of Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods that the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) would be facilitating a tripartite approach with workers, business and government to plan a just transition for the oil and gas workforce. “The urgency for a just […]

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CTU supports better valuing District Health Board nurses

By   /  March 27, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on CTU supports better valuing District Health Board nurses

The Council of Trade Unions President Richard Wagstaff said today that he was standing beside members of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) who had returned a ‘no’ vote on their latest collective agreement offer. Mr Wagstaff said that it was in everyone’s interests, including the District Health Boards (DHBs) that these negotiations concluded with […]

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CTU pleased with swift progress on pay equity principles

By   /  March 6, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on CTU pleased with swift progress on pay equity principles

Richard Wagstaff, CTU President said today he was pleased to be able to formally announce the swift progress made in the tripartite union, business and public sector Joint Working Group on Pay Equity Principles, which reported back to Government last week. “This proves there is solid agreement across the board that 2018 is the year […]

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Parliament becoming baby-friendlier workplace a sign of the times – CTU

By   /  February 19, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Parliament becoming baby-friendlier workplace a sign of the times Council of Trade Unions President Richard Wagstaff today congratulated Minister for Women, Julie Anne Genter, and her partner Peter Nunns on the announcement that they are expecting their first child in August this year. “Parliament is meant to be a House of Representatives, so it’s lovely […]

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CTU mourns Jim Anderton

By   /  January 10, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on CTU mourns Jim Anderton

The Council of Trade Unions is expressing its sympathy to the family of Jim Anderton following his death overnight, and marking his huge contribution to New Zealand political life. CTU president Richard Wagstaff said that Jim Anderton had been a friend and ally to working people throughout his extensive political career. “Working people experienced dark […]

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Time for Australia to step up says CTU

By   /  November 26, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Time for Australia to step up says CTU

New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Vice President Rachel Mackintosh will be speaking on Sunday in support of Manus Island refugees at a broad-based rally at Auckland Unitarian Church. “Church groups, refugee advocacy services, climate change activists, and members of the New Zealand Parliament are all backing our Prime Minister’s offer to take 150 Manus […]

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Wage and salary earners $11,500 a year short on parent’s – CTU

By   /  November 26, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Wage and salary earners $11,500 a year short on their parent’s share of national income Statistics New Zealand’s National Accounts (Income and Expenditure) data released today shows that working people are getting the smallest slice of the pie in New Zealand since 2006. “A generation ago, it was understood that the people doing the work […]

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Pike River families have protected working people once again – CTU

By   /  November 24, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The Council of Trade Unions today congratulated Sonya Rockhouse and Anna Osborne on their persistence and courage in the face of years of delayed justice by WorkSafe NZ and Peter Whittall over the deaths of Sonya’s son Ben and Anna’s husband Milton in Pike River Mine. CTU President Richard Wagstaff said that the decision delivered […]

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