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Workers gutted as ABCorp confirms trans-Tasman move – E Tu

By   /  February 21, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

E tū is extremely disappointed with the confirmation today that the plastic card manufacturer, ABCorp is to close its Christchurch plant. About 50 workers will lose their jobs after the company confirmed it was moving operations at the plant to Australia. “We’re gutted about this,” says Joe Gallagher, E tū’s Industry Coordinator, Communications. “The workers […]

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Scale of Fletcher debacle “gobsmacking” – E Tu

By   /  February 14, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Scale of Fletcher debacle “gobsmacking” The construction union, E tū says it is working to clarify the effect of Fletcher Building and Interiors’ huge loss on its members at Fletchers. “We’re still coming to terms with the fact that the country’s biggest building company is no longer bidding for new commercial projects, which is just […]

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Disappointment as JNL confirms job losses – E Tu

By   /  February 13, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

E tū is extremely disappointed with the confirmation today that Juken New Zealand Ltd (JNL) intends axing the jobs of about 90 workers at its East Coast mill in Gisborne. E tū represents production workers at the mill. E tū Engineering Industry Coordinator, Ron Angel says workers were expecting the worst when the proposal was […]

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Silver Fern Farms reduce already inadequate offer after industrial action – E tū

By   /  January 4, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Silver Fern Farms reduce already inadequate offer after industrial action – E tū

Nineteen maintenance workers at Silver Fern Farms Takapau are very disappointed that instead of improving their offer after today’s strike action, the company has made the offer even worse. Before the workers took industrial action, the company had offered a 1.5% increase as back pay for the nine months prior, followed by 2% increase at […]

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Free industry training will promote trades – E Tu

By   /  December 6, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Free industry training will promote trades – E Tu

The Government’s policy of a year’s free tertiary education for eligible students will benefit workers and business alike, says E tū. Of the 80,000 students forecast to take up the offer next year, 50,000 are expected to enrol in NZQA accredited industry training. In the case of industry training, eligible students will enjoy two years […]

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Big court win for labour hire workers against LSG Sky Chefs – E tu

By   /  December 2, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Big court win for labour hire workers against LSG Sky Chefs – E tu

E tū has won its Employment Court case against LSG Sky Chefs for its exploitative use of labour hire workers. LSG is the world’s largest inflight airline catering company with a near monopoly on airline catering in New Zealand. E tū took the case on behalf of Kamlesh Prasad and Liutofaga Tulai, who worked for […]

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E tū calls on Deputy PM to abandon harassment of journalists

By   /  December 2, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on E tū calls on Deputy PM to abandon harassment of journalists

The journalists’ union, E tū is calling on the Deputy Prime Minister, Winston Peters, to abandon his harassment of journalists who reported he had been overpaid New Zealand Superannuation. Mr Peters has already gone to the High Court demanding Newshub journalist, Lloyd Burr and Newsroom co-editor, Tim Murphy provide their phone records, notes and documents […]

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E tū calls for national memorial ahead of Erebus anniversary

By   /  November 28, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

New Zealand’s largest aviation union, E tū is supporting calls by the Erebus families for a national memorial to New Zealand’s biggest aviation disaster. In 1979, an Air New Zealand scenic flight over Antarctica crashed into Mt Erebus killing all 257 people on board including 20 crew. Today, E tū aviation representatives will attend the […]

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UCG “volunteer” model “completely unacceptable” – E tū

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

UCG “volunteer” model for Chorus fibre optics build “completely unacceptable” E tū says the so-called “volunteer” scheme run by Chorus fibre optics contractor, Universal Communications Group is a clear case of migrant exploitation. E tū’s Communications Industry Coordinator, Joe Gallagher says the union recently learned of the scheme through a UCG document advising its subcontractors […]

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TVNZ members disappointed with CEO salary increase – E tū

By   /  November 12, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

TVNZ members of the unions, E tū and the PSA today expressed disappointment that Chief Executive, Kevin Kenrick had accepted salary and bonuses which increased his pay by $500,000 whilst overseeing falling revenues at the state-owned broadcaster. TVNZ’s net profit for the year declined 89 percent – from $12.7m in 2016 to just $1.4m. The […]

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E tū acknowledges Vector as power industry Living Wage leader

By   /  November 8, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on E tū acknowledges Vector as power industry Living Wage leader

E tū would like to congratulate Vector on joining the Living Wage Employer Accreditation programme and would encourage the firms in Vector’s supply chain to do likewise. E tū Industry Coordinator Communications, Joe Gallagher says Vector’s decision is likely to lift the profile of the Living Wage within the power sector as well as influence […]

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E tū welcomes demise of National’s pay equity bill

By   /  November 1, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on E tū welcomes demise of National’s pay equity bill

E tū has welcomed the Government’s decision to scrap the former National Government’s pay equity bill. E tū took the pay equity case, Bartlett v Terranova which ultimately led to the equal pay settlement for 55,000 care and support workers. The Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill passed its first reading in August by […]

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E tū fights employer moves to undermine minimum wage rise

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

E tū is very disappointed to learn that some employers are trying to avoid the upcoming minimum wage increase by building workers’ allowances into their basic hourly pay. The allowances are typically paid for such things as service, travel time and in recognition of shift work. E tū’s Industry Coordinator Food Sector, Phil Knight says […]

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Mental health workers hopeful new Govt signals equal pay – E tū

By   /  October 29, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Mental health workers hopeful new Govt signals equal pay – E tū

Mental health support workers are hopeful the Labour-led Government will finally include them in the equal pay settlement. The settlement only applies to aged care, disability, and home support workers after negotiators for the previous government refused to include support workers in mental health. E tū’s Equal Pay Coordinator, Yvette Taylor says the situation is […]

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E tū Aviation welcomes new Government’s rejection of low wage economy

By   /  October 26, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on E tū Aviation welcomes new Government’s rejection of low wage economy

E tū Aviation has welcomed the new Prime Minister’s call for productive relationships between business and workers, and an end to low pay and its negative economic effects. In her speech to the Council of Trade Unions yesterday, Jacinda Ardern praised the High-Performance Engagement agreement which E tū and other unions have with Air New […]

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E tū welcomes lift in minimum wage but goal is Living Wage

By   /  October 25, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on E tū welcomes lift in minimum wage but goal is Living Wage

The union E tū has welcomed today’s announcement of a lift in the minimum wage but says its goal remains the Living Wage for all workers. The increase from $15.75 an hour to $16.50 will mean more than $20.00 extra a week for minimum wage workers doing a 40-hour week. The minimum wage will gradually […]

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