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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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Working people welcome a conversation on sharing wealth in New Zealand – CTU

By   /  November 24, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Working people welcome a conversation on sharing wealth in New Zealand – CTU

The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions welcomed the opportunity to engage with Government on the Tax Working Group announced today by Minister of Finance Grant Robertson. “Like many countries around the world, the increasing concentration of wealth in the hands of the super-rich has seen a groundswell of public support to re-examine whether the […]

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Counting down to a better equal pay law – CTU

By   /  November 15, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Counting down to a better equal pay law – CTU

The Council of Trade Unions (CTU) says ‘working for free day’ today is no cause for celebration, but politicians have the power to make the 14th of November 2018 a happier date for New Zealand women. Because of the gender pay imbalance, the 14th of November is the day that on average, New Zealand women […]

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Unions want a better approach to trade and investment – CTU

By   /  November 12, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Unions want a better approach to trade and investment – CTU

The Council of Trade Unions says that it wants to see a new approach to trade and investment developed that works better for working people, and it remains concerned with aspects of the TPPA that the Government inherited from the previous administration. CTU Secretary Sam Huggard says “Last week I met with Members of the […]

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Parents can focus on the important things with new policy – CTU

By   /  November 7, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Parents can focus on the important things with new policy – CTU

Mums and dads can focus on the important things with better paid parental leave Mums, dads and other caregivers in paid work around the country will breathe a sigh of relief at the announcement of better paid parental leave today. “Anything we can do to make the first few weeks more relaxed for families with […]

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NZPFA aiming for world-beating agreement for women members – CTU

By   /  November 7, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on NZPFA aiming for world-beating agreement for women members – CTU

The New Zealand Professional Footballers Association (NZPFA) has the support of union members as they go into bargaining with New Zealand Football this week. “I think it’s expected by most people now that women receive equal treatment and respect in professional sport” said Council of Trade Unions (CTU) Secretary Sam Huggard. “NZPFA is affiliated to […]

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Unions relieved to see swift action on better equal pay law – CTU

By   /  November 2, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Unions relieved to see swift action on better equal pay law – CTU

Unions relieved to see swift action on better equal pay law The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (CTU) is congratulating the Government’s announcement they are scrapping National’s flawed equal pay and pay equity bill. CTU Vice President Rachel Mackintosh said that the move is in line with working people’s expectations of the new coalition, […]

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Labour-Green agreement brings Just Transition – CTU

By   /  October 25, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Labour-Green agreement brings Just Transition – CTU

“The Labour-Green confidence and supply agreement gives both to working people,” says CTU Secretary Sam Huggard. “It brings real confidence to working people that the transition to a net zero emissions economy can be achieved and achieved justly with their working interests in mind. “It also supplies the muscle to the equal pay process – […]

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New Vision for the Minimum Wage a Great Tonic – CTU

By   /  October 25, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on New Vision for the Minimum Wage a Great Tonic – CTU

“This is just the sort of change working people voted for,” says CTU President Richard Wagstaff. “It is great to see the Labour-New Zealand First Coalition Government putting people first and it is a really good first step on the path to a fairer Aotearoa”. The Government has committed to a minimum wage of $20. […]

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Equal pay about to boost New Zealand communities – CTU

By   /  October 21, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Equal pay about to boost New Zealand communities – CTU

New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Vice President Rachel Mackintosh said today that she had woken up full of excitement for New Zealand women, their families and communities following the announcement of the new coalition Government. Labour, New Zealand First and the Green Party have all committed to scrapping unfair equal pay and pay equity […]

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Campaign is over, now the real work begins – CTU

By   /  October 20, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Campaign is over, now the real work begins – CTU

“On behalf of working people, I can say how excited we are to have a coalition Government who have committed to lifting incomes, to women actually getting equal pay and to ending poverty in New Zealand” said CTU Secretary, Sam Huggard. “New Zealand asked for a different approach, and we’re confident that Labour, New Zealand […]

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CTU: Special votes confirm mood for change

By   /  October 10, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on CTU: Special votes confirm mood for change

Special votes confirm mood for change Working New Zealanders today welcomed the news that special votes in the General Election had reinforced the mandate for a change of Government. NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff said “It’s no surprise to me that the Labour Party and the Green Party have picked up an extra seat each from […]

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Disgraceful description of health and safety as “overkill” – CTU

By   /  September 16, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The Council of Trade Unions is appalled that an Auckland accounting business has described health and safety as “overkill”. Reckon Accounting has published a survey today, which claims health and safety is a “compliance” that takes focus away from “core business”. “When 34 people have been killed at work this year, it’s a particularly poor […]

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Minimum wage challenging for PM and working Kiwis too – CTU

By   /  September 16, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

CTU President Richard Wagstaff has challenged the Prime Minister to show some real leadership when it comes to wages by setting a clear target for the minimum wage. The call follows today’s admission by Bill English that he would find it “quite a challenge” to live on the minimum wage of $15.75 an hour, in […]

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