NZ needs better health and safety laws at work to keep everyone safe. After the Pike River Mine explosion, when 29 men were killed, the Government agreed to a review of the health and safety law. The John Key and the National Government promised that our laws would take “no steps backwards”.
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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  • Prime Minister breaks promise on changes to health & safety laws


    The CTU is appalled with the report released today by the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee and considers the Prime Minister's promise, that our laws would take “no steps backwards”, broken.

    4 days 3 hours ago
  • Contractors minimum wage bill deserves the support of Parliament

    A bill that will allow workers engaged as contractors to access minimum pay rates deserves the full support of Parliament tonight.

    5 days 20 hours ago
  • Housing costs driving inflation


    “The annual increase in the consumer price index (CPI) would have been negative 0.4 percent instead of going up 0.3 percent if it hadn’t been for the 2.5 percent increase in housing, energy and property costs,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg.

    1 week 4 days ago
  • Trade Minister puts global pharmacy giants ahead of his constituents


    Workers are set to lose out big time with rising healthcare costs if the government signs New Zealand up to a secretive investment deal no one seems to want, the CTU said today.

    1 week 6 days ago
  • Only half of people get jobs when leaving a benefit


    “New data obtained by the CTU shows that less than half of people who come off a benefit are known to have obtained work,” says CTU economist Bill Rosenberg. “In 2014, MSD records show only 46% obtained work. We therefore cannot assume that falling benefit numbers means people coming off benefits found work.” The data was released to the CTU last month by the Ministry of Social Development under an Official Information request.

    2 weeks 1 hour ago