The CTU is committed to action on pay and employment equity on all fronts: political, industrial and campaigning. Unions are not alone in calling for pay and employment equity and the CTU and CTU unions are part of the Pay and Employment Equity Coalition.
At least 30% of New Zealand’s workers – over 635,000 people – are in insecure work. We believe it may well cover 50% of the workforce. 95,000 workers have no usual work time, 61,000 workers have no written employment agreement, 573,000 workers earn less than the Living Wage and almost a quarter of a million Kiwi workers say they have experienced discrimination, harassment or bullying at work. 
As the gap between the rich and the poor grows in New Zealand and poverty increases, more and more New Zealanders don't get paid enough to meet their needs, enjoy their lives and participate in society.

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  • Details of Farewell for Helen Kelly


    Please be advised of the following arrangements for the public farewell and celebration of Helen Kelly's life. 

    When: 1pm, Friday 28 October
    Where: Michael Fowler Centre, 111 Wakefield St, Wellington

    1 week 3 days ago
  • Working people mourn Helen Kelly – a statement from CTU president Richard Wagstaff


    “Today New Zealand mourns the loss of union leader Helen Kelly. She was a fighter who died after a battle with cancer.

    Helen died too young, and will always be remembered in our hearts, minds and on the frontlines of the fight for everyday working people.

    2 weeks 2 hours ago
  • Kiwis working harder

    “It’s good to see incomes rising,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg, commenting on the income statistics released by Statistics New Zealand this morning, “but a big part of it is from people working harder and longer.  We can see the pressures in household debt at re

    2 weeks 6 days ago
  • Official statistics out – women still paid less than men  

    Information released this morning by Statistics New Zealand shows that New Zealand is getting no closer to achieving pay equality between men and women with the average female wage 13.6% less than what men receive.
    In real terms this means that unless meaningful action is taken it will take over 110 years for Kiwi woman to be paid what they are worth; the same as men.

    2 weeks 6 days ago
  • Economic Bulletin 182: Has Unemployment Really Fallen That Much?

    September 2016

    Some of our most important labour statistics such as on unemployment are measured by Statistics New Zealand in a three-monthly survey of 16,000 households, the Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS).

    3 weeks 4 days ago