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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  • Economic Bulletin 165: The Union Landscape

    February 2015

    Where are New Zealand unions strongest and where are they weakest? While we often focus on the fall in overall union density (the proportion of wage and salary earners who are union members), underlying that is a very uneven spread of union membership.

    6 hours 30 min ago
  • Minimum wage now the maximum wage for thousands

    “The announcement today of a fifty cent per hour increase for the thousands of workers now completely reliant on it as the pay setting mechanism shows a disrespect for the families of this country,” says CTU President Helen Kelly.

    6 days 4 hours ago
  • Business New Zealand tarnish this country’s reputation attacking human rights

    As part of the global day of action in defence of workers’ right to strike, the CTU is calling on Business New Zealand to stop campaigning to undermine basic human rights when it represents New Zealand at the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

    1 week 5 days ago
  • Four year delay for parliamentary committee to hear TPPA concerns

    The CTU and fifteen other organisations have finally, four years on, had the opportunity to present orally to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee select committee regarding serious concerns workers, health professionals, development groups, digital innovators, environmentalists and many others have about the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

    2 weeks 5 days ago
  • Profit driven health delivery bad for patients using labs

    The Council of Trade Unions support the concern of specialists that the privatisation of the laboratory services at Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast District Boards could have a negative impact on patients.

    3 weeks 1 day ago