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Open letter presented to Sistema CEO today – E tū

By   /  October 19, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

At midday today, Sistema workers, together with community leaders and local and national politicians will present Sistema CEO Drew Muirhead with thousands of open letters, urging the company to improve the pay and conditions of its workers. E tū says it’s a strong message from the public to Sistema, which the union understands is struggling […]

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Blue Star workers on strike! – E Tu

By   /  October 11, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Blue Star workers on strike! – E Tu

E tū members at Blue Star Group’s four print shops are on a 24-hour strike today, which began at 12:01am this morning. The workers are taking industrial action after months of very little progress in their employment agreement negotiations. Their agreement expired last year. Blue Star won’t budge on several unreasonable demands, such as wanting […]

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Labour Inspectorate Chorus report alarming but not surprising – E Tu

By   /  October 9, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

A report released today by the Labour Inspectorate at Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has confirmed how bad the UFB fibre roll-out has been for workers employed by Chorus sub-contractors. An MBIE investigation into the industry found that 73 of the 75 Auckland-based sub-contractors investigated had breached minimum employment standards. Breaches included employers […]

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E tū supportive of construction initiatives

By   /  October 5, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on E tū supportive of construction initiatives

E tū says it is supportive of new government initiatives to bolster recruitment and training in the construction industry. The initiatives, announced in Auckland today, also include new visa rules to make it easier to employ skilled migrants for specific projects. E tū Industry Coordinator, Ron Angel says the plan means the Government will require […]

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Huhtamaki job losses “devastating blow” – E Tu

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

E tū says the loss of 128 jobs at the Huhtamaki factory in Henderson is a devastating blow for workers there. Union Lead Organiser, Alvin Livingstone says E tū has 150 members at the packaging plant, who have yet to learn who will stay and who will go, with workers experiencing a range of emotions. […]

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E tū welcomes High Court ruling on steel dumping

By   /  September 21, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on E tū welcomes High Court ruling on steel dumping

E tū says its support for NZ Steel’s complaint of steel-dumping by China has been vindicated by a High Court ruling directing MBIE to reinvestigate. NZ Steel claimed Chinese producers of galvanised steel coil were heavily subsidised by the Chinese government and this negatively affected its business. However, in a decision last year, MBIE said […]

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E tū welcomes Suffrage Day equal pay bill

By   /  September 20, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on E tū welcomes Suffrage Day equal pay bill

E tū has welcomed the introduction to parliament today of the Equal Pay Amendment Bill, which the union believes will ease the way for women pursuing equal pay claims. Government Ministers, Eugenie Sage and Iain Lees-Galloway announced the new bill at a Suffrage Day petition re-enactment at parliament by union women to mark the 125th […]

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Nearly 900 to strike at BlueScope steel mills – E Tu

By   /  September 19, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Nearly 900 to strike at BlueScope steel mills – E Tu

E tū members at BlueScope Pacific Steel in Auckland will strike for a second time for 24 hours, from 7am on Wednesday, 19 September in protest over 6 months of stalled pay talks. The strike affects about 120 members at Pacific Steel’s rolling mill and wire mill. Also, at 7am on Wednesday, about 750 members […]

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Report reveals migrant housing, pay woes – E Tu

By   /  August 27, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Report reveals migrant housing, pay woes – E Tu

Low pay and poor housing have emerged as critical issues in a report commissioned by E tū on the experiences of migrant workers. The report has been released today at events in Auckland and Christchurch. The research, which was funded by the Industrial Relations Fund, records the experiences of mostly Filipino construction workers in Christchurch […]

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Fed up Gateway mental health workers to strike – E Tu

By   /  August 20, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Fed up Gateway mental health workers to strike – E Tu

Mental health workers at Nelson-based Gateway Trust will walk off the job on Tuesday, 21 August to protest years of delays in sorting out new employment conditions.   Two strike notices have been issued. The first is for the stoppage on Tuesday for one hour, from 3pm to 4pm, when members will be picketing.   […]

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New apprenticeships programme an “excellent initiative” – E Tu

By   /  August 10, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on New apprenticeships programme an “excellent initiative” – E Tu

E tū, the largest private sector union in New Zealand, is celebrating the Government’s focus on apprenticeships in the ‘Mana in Mahi’ programme announced today. The new policy will help get young Kiwis into apprenticeships by subsidising wages paid to 18-24 year olds who have been on a benefit for six months or more. E […]

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E tū: Maori TV CEO claims disappointing

By   /  August 7, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on E tū: Maori TV CEO claims disappointing

E tū is disappointed with the media statement issued by Maori TV’s CEO, Keith Ikin and his suggestion that the union is obstructing pay talks. “We completely reject this,” says Joe Gallagher, E tū Industry Coordinator, Communications. “We met with our members on Thursday after talks with Maori TV where they made an improved offer. […]

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E tū demands action over AFFCO boiler

By   /  August 2, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on E tū demands action over AFFCO boiler

E tū has written to WorkSafe asking it to urgently respond to a second incident involving the boiler at AFFCO’s Moerewa meat works, which seriously injured a boilerman in an incident last month. The man is being treated for serious burns in Middlemore Hospital. E tū organiser, Annie Tothill says the latest incident occurred on […]

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E tū: thousands to benefit from 1 July Families Package

By   /  July 2, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

E tū says thousands of its members are expected to benefit from the Government’s Families Package, which comes into effect today. The package includes: widening eligibility for key benefits including Working for Families which will increase for many wider access to the Accommodation supplement and an increase for eligible people in expensive locations such as […]

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E tū awaits detail on migrant workers initiative

By   /  June 27, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

E tū awaits detail on migrant workers initiative The construction union, E tū says it is awaiting the detail of plans to expedite the employment by local building firms, of skilled construction workers from overseas. The Government says the plan will favour firms with good work practices and a commitment to hiring local workers. There […]

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Industrial action at Premier Bacon – E tu

By   /  June 26, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

About 150 workers at Wairarapa company, Premier Bacon will begin industrial action just after midnight tonight (12.01am Tuesday, 26 June) in support of their pay claims. The workers will refuse all overtime until the matter is resolved, says E tū Lead Organiser, Mark James. “The company depends on our members doing overtime, as the plant […]

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