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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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National Needs to Commit to Maintaining Basic Leave Entitlements – CTU

By   /  September 13, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on National Needs to Commit to Maintaining Basic Leave Entitlements – CTU

National Party needs to commit to maintaining working Kiwis leave entitlements Working people are concerned that the National Party will change the 2003 Holidays Act if returned to Government stripping hard working Kiwis of basic leave entitlements. “Clearly the National Party is colluding with some employers to represent a situation whereby the current legislation is […]

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More needed to meet health, education and housing – CTU

By   /  August 25, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on More needed to meet health, education and housing – CTU

Treasury’s pre-election update of its forecasts for the economy and government finances, released today, show that the government surplus won’t meet what New Zealanders need in priority areas of health, education and housing. “The Government will make much of the fact that it has achieved a surplus – but it is a false surplus when […]

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More forestry workers being killed at work – CTU

By   /  August 25, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on More forestry workers being killed at work – CTU

On Monday forestry worker Te Oho Mauri Piripi (“Piri”) Bartlet was killed at work. He is the second member of his family to have been killed at work in the forestry industry in a year. Te Oho Mauri Bartlet is also the fifth person to have been killed in forestry this year. 2017 is already […]

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The Negotiated Pay Equity Settlement for Care Workers – beware the fish-hooks amidst the hyperbole

By   /  July 24, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

It’s been touted as the most “historic pay rise” in  history. But the actual mechanics of the deal; the “fine print”; and other undisclosed facts may raise questions as how much of a “historic pay rise” the deal actually is.

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Minister’s guidance misses the ‘U’ word – CTU

By   /  July 21, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Minister’s guidance misses the ‘U’ word – CTU

The ‘Guidance on closing the pay gap’ released today by Women’s Minister Paula Bennett is silent on the role of unions. “Given the critical and leading role unions have played historically in the fight for equal pay, and more recently in the Care and Support Settlement, it is very odd that this guidance completely omits […]

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Labour’s fiscal plan offers good alternative for workers – CTU

By   /  July 20, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Labour’s fiscal plan offers good alternative for workers – CTU

Labour’s announced fiscal plan today has been welcomed by the Council of Trade Unions. ‘This plan demonstrates a real and positive alternative to the Government’s budget and gives people a real choice when they cast their vote in September’s election,’ CTU President Richard Wagstaff said. ‘Labour’s fiscal plan delivers real gains in health, housing, education […]

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Workers Memorial Day – too many Kiwis are being killed at work – CTU

By   /  April 29, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

In the last two weeks seven New Zealanders went to work and never came home. They were killed at work. This Workers Memorial Day, April 28th, we remember them and other working people who were killed at work. “We must do better. All Kiwis should be confident that when they leave home they’ll be able […]

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Māori unionists mark Workers Memorial Day with call for iwi-union collaboration – CTU

By   /  April 29, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Māori unionists mark Workers Memorial Day with call for iwi-union collaboration – CTU

Māori unionists mark Workers Memorial Day with call for iwi-union collaboration The Council of Trade Unions (CTU) Rūnanga, the body representing 60,000 Māori union members, is marking Workers Memorial Day today with a call for iwi and unions to work together to help end workplace deaths. “Every year over 50 New Zealanders, many of them […]

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Pacific labour mobility meeting missing key ingredient – the voices of working people – CTU

By   /  August 23, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Pacific labour mobility meeting missing key ingredient – the voices of working people – CTU

A meeting on Pacific labour mobility in New Zealand this week has a glaring omission – the voices of organised labour, the NZ Council of Trade Unions said today. The inaugural Pacific Labour Mobility Annual Meeting gets underway in Christchurch today. It is taking place ahead of a Ministerial meeting of the Pacer Plus trade […]

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Easter Sunday should be for families, not commerce – CTU

By   /  August 23, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Easter Sunday should be for families, not commerce – CTU

The Council of Trade Unions is backing the call of two former All Blacks to protect family time at Easter. A government bill, which will make it easier for shops to open on Easter Sunday, is due back before Parliament this week for its third and final reading. Former All Blacks Savae Michael Jones and […]

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Labour’s plan to boost skills development refreshing

By   /  July 28, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

The future of work needs to be one where working people have good, satisfying jobs with decent incomes, and Labour’s announcements today on boosting skills are welcome, the CTU said today. Andrew Little today announced that a Labour-led government would ensure all schools have dedicated careers advisory staff, and that major government procurement projects would […]

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Prime Minister must back working Kiwis – CTU

By   /  June 23, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

The Prime Minister needs to reassess his priorities and move urgently to stop working Kiwis losing up to a million dollars a day says CTU Secretary Sam Huggard. The call follows the CTU’s request that the government urgently pass legislation to stop the clock on the six year limit that is writing off holiday back […]

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Government must move urgently to prevent working people losing millions – CTU

By   /  June 23, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Government must move urgently to prevent working people losing millions – CTU

The Government must take action urgently to prevent working people losing up to a million dollars a day in unpaid holiday pay while the multi-billion dollar payroll problem is fixed, says CTU Secretary Sam Huggard. The failure of payroll providers to comply with the law for years has left hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders […]

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Government bans importation of (most) asbestos – CTU

By   /  June 17, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Government bans importation of (most) asbestos – CTU

Working people have been demanding that the Government ban the importation of cancer causing asbestos for decades. Yesterday the Government took action and banned most importation of asbestos. “Thousands of kiwis have been killed from being exposed to asbestos. We’ve known for a long time how dangerous this material is. It is certainly a relief […]

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