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CTU workforce survey shows urgent need for change

By   /  January 7, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

The results are in for the CTU Together 2019 cost of living and income survey and it is clear that urgent change is needed with more than 70% of respondents reporting their incomes are not keeping up with the cost of living despite more than 55% reporting their workload has got worse. The survey, run […]

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Victory for working people in New Zealand – CTU

By   /  December 6, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Victory for working people in New Zealand – CTU

The Council of Trade Unions Secretary Sam Huggard says that tonight’s passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill will be a victory for working people over an expensive lobbying campaign run by big business. “This law allows Kiwis to access their basic rights at work, to make more informed choices about their employment, and help […]

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Safe staffing levels needed throughout health system – CTU

By   /  December 3, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Unions are supporting the call from the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) for the Government to find agreement on safe staffing levels for senior doctors and dentists working in public hospitals. Council of Trade Unions Secretary Sam Huggard said that the chronic issue of understaffing in our public health system can be fixed by […]

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Women in NZ effectively working for free from now – CTU

By   /  November 12, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Women in NZ effectively working for free from now – CTU

Council of Trade Unions Vice President Rachel Mackintosh says New Zealand’s gender pay imbalance can and must be fixed. “Employers discriminate against women from the first day of work to the last, all the way from minimum wage jobs to Chief Executives.That translates into missed opportunities not just for women, but for their children, partners, […]

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Government move on electric trains puts Just Transition on the right track – CTU

By   /  October 30, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

The Council of Trade Unions today welcomed the Government announcement that Kiwirail would retain 15 electric engines on the Northern Trunk Line between Hamilton and Palmerston North. Secretary Sam Huggard said that it was a perfect example of ‘Just Transition’ thinking, to protect good jobs and public services in a low – carbon economy. “Climate […]

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Swift resolution needed for primary teachers and families – CTU

By   /  September 27, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Swift resolution needed for primary teachers and families – CTU

Unions stood behind NZEI Te Riu Roa members who today voted to reject the latest collective agreement offer from the Government, and urged for a speedy resolution to the industrial process. Council of Trade Unions President Richard Wagstaff said that the fastest resolution will be an offer that adequately addresses workload issues and growing class […]

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Significant settlement offer shows the power of unions for women’s equality – CTU

By   /  September 26, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Significant settlement offer shows the power of unions for women’s equality – CTU

The union movement today celebrated another pay equity offer of settlement, with the Public Service Association securing an offer for social workers at Oranga Tamariki that would lift their pay on average by just over 30 percent. Council of Trade Unions President Richard Wagstaff said the offer showed the power of unions to deliver pay […]

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Pasifika women effectively working for free for the rest of the year – Council of Trade Unions

By   /  September 22, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Pasifika women effectively working for free for the rest of the year – Council of Trade Unions

Council of Trade Unions President Richard Wagstaff said that today marks ‘working for free day’ for Pasifika women because of the gender pay imbalance. “The latest figures out this year show that on average, per hour of work Pasifika women are paid just 68.5% of what Pākehā men receive, and 72.3% of what all men […]

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Compassion at the heart of our Government a refreshing change – CTU

By   /  September 18, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Compassion at the heart of our Government a refreshing change – CTU

Compassion is at the heart of the Coalition Government and what a difference a year has made already to the lives of New Zealanders, said CTU President Richard Wagstaff, who attended today’s event in Auckland. “A hands-off Government was not working for New Zealand, the big social and environmental crises of our times such as […]

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Kiwirail and union members demonstrate collective bargaining – CTU

By   /  August 29, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Kiwirail and union members demonstrate collective bargaining – CTU

Council of Trade Unions Secretary Sam Huggard extended his congratulations to Kiwirail and Rail and Maritime Union (RMTU) members today for reaching a constructive and progressive deal yesterday to lift pay and work in partnership. Mr Huggard says this deal disproves recent scaremongering by employers like the Ports of Tauranga that Multi Employer Collective Agreements […]

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Unions backing learning support specialists – CTU

By   /  August 22, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Unions backing learning support specialists – CTU

Two percent won’t pay the rent – unions backing learning support specialists Council of Trade Unions Secretary Sam Huggard said that it was disappointing that NZEI Te Riu Roa learning support specialists directly employed by the Ministry of Education had to take industrial action today to get a decent pay offer. “No education sector professional […]

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Three simple steps to fix Wellington’s bus fiasco – CTU

By   /  August 17, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Three simple steps to fix Wellington’s bus fiasco – CTU

Bus drivers, their union, and the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions addressed Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) this morning with the request it makes good on its promise to fix the region’s bus problems. The Council can take three simple steps that will help facilitate a fair collective agreement for drivers, end the driver […]

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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  /  Comments Off on Average gender pay imbalance increasing, pay equity settlements need speeding up – CTU

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  /  Comments Off on CTU celebrates settlement for education support workers – CTU

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  /  Comments Off on It’s time for teachers to shine – CTU

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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