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New apprenticeships programme an “excellent initiative” – E Tu

By   /  August 10, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

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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E tū awaits Living Wage for Government contract workers

By   /  June 16, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on E tū awaits Living Wage for Government contract workers

E tū has welcomed the Government’s decision to move all directly employed workers in the core public service to a wage rate of at least $20.55 – the 2018 Living Wage. However, the union says the Living Wage needs to be extended to contract workers who also work in the core public service. E tū […]

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Announcement on FPAs welcomed – E Tu

By   /  June 6, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Announcement on FPAs welcomed – E Tu

Announcement on FPAs welcomed E tū welcomes the setting up of the working group on Fair Pay Agreements. E tū’s National Director of Campaigns, Annie Newman says today’s announcement is the fulfilment of a key election promise to workers, who need greater support for their pay and conditions. FPAs would set basic standards for pay […]

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Bitter taste of Cadbury PR push – E Tu

By   /  May 31, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

A promotional road show by Cadbury owner, Mondelez, will likely serve as a bitter reminder for many New Zealanders of what happened to Cadbury Dunedin, says E tū. Mondelez launches a road trip tomorrow, in a bid to persuade Kiwis to create “real moments of connection and to enjoy chocolate with the people they love.” […]

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Hearing exposes health risks for vulnerable workers – E Tu

By   /  May 16, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Hearing exposes health risks for vulnerable workers – E Tu

The health risks of insecure work have been exposed during Select Committee submissions today on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill. The Chairperson of the Hutt Union and Community Health Service, Muriel Tunoho told the Education and Workplace Select Committee that restoring meal breaks and protections for vulnerable workers is crucial to their health and wellbeing. […]

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E tū “stoked” over Highlanders tickets for Cadbury members

By   /  April 11, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on E tū “stoked” over Highlanders tickets for Cadbury members

E tū says former Cadbury workers are hugely looking forward to this Saturday’s Highlanders vs Brumbies game, which they will be able to attend for free. E tū Industry Coordinator, Phil Knight approached the Highlanders about making tickets available for a home game, as a fillip for redundant workers following the Cadbury closure. The franchise […]

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E tū welcomes new Living Wage of $20.55

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

E tū union welcomes today’s announcement of the new Living Wage rate and says there is still more work to do. The 2018 New Zealand Living Wage rate is $20.55 an hour – 35 cents more than the 2017 rate and the smallest annual Living Wage increase since it was first launched in 2013. The […]

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Major milestone as Cadbury production ends – E Tu

By   /  March 23, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Major milestone as Cadbury production ends – E Tu

Today marks a significant milestone at Cadbury, as the final production run – of Pineapple Lumps – rolls off the assembly line. The plant closes for good on 29 March, but workers are looking to the future, says Phil Knight, E tū’s Food Industry Coordinator, who visited the Dunedin factory on Wednesday. “We very much […]

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Closure of iconic Christchurch plant – E Tu

By   /  March 12, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Closure of iconic Christchurch plant – E Tu

Closure of iconic Christchurch plant E tū is extremely concerned to see another local manufacturer shutting up shop and heading overseas. Schneider Electric confirmed today it is closing its Christchurch plant and shifting operations to Australia and Vietnam with the loss of about 50 jobs. The plant, which produces light switches and power plugs, was […]

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Cleaners a fight dirty deal at meat works – E Tu

By   /  March 2, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Cleaners a fight dirty deal at meat works – E Tu

Cleaners at Auckland Meat Processors, owned by Wilson Hellaby, are vowing to stand together and fight a plan to axe a third of their jobs. The cleaners work under contract to ISS which plans to slash job numbers from 15 to ten. ISS has told the cleaners it is Wilson Hellaby which is demanding the […]

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Workers come forward to Chorus inquiry – E Tu

By   /  February 28, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

E tū says more workers are coming forward to report labour abuses to the Labour Inspectorate lead investigation into Chorus contractors and subcontractors working on the ultrafast broadband network. The investigation began just before Christmas, following reports of exploitative practices by Chorus subcontractors in Nelson where people worked for free, as so-called volunteers. E tū’s […]

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