The National Government want to make more changes to employment law. The changes will result in lower wages. The Government thinks that is a good thing. But low wages are already pushing thousands and thousands of Kiwis to leave for Australia.
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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  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations

    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. 

    "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said. 

    1 hour 6 min ago
  • Shameful attack on all workers

    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD.
    16 hours 27 min ago
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders

    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today.

    “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so again now. Iwi leaders played a significant and valued role in the AFFCO meat dispute.” CTU Vice President, Maori, Syd Keepa said.

    21 hours 18 min ago
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary

    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment to workers and their unions. This vacancy was created by the notice of resignation of Peter Conway given by him in early 2014 to take effect this December 2014.

    1 day 19 hours ago
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases

    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years unless they worked longer hours,” CTU economist Bill Rosenberg says.

    1 week 1 day ago