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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  • Some good changes but who is going to enforce them?

    “The package of changes to minimum employment standards is a good start but doesn’t address the elephant in the room” says CTU Secretary Sam Huggard.  “Every week we see evidence of a system that’s failing working New Zealanders, from migrant workers paid a fraction of the minimum wage to petrol station attendants forced to pay for customers’ theft.  Stronger sanctions for employer wh

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  • Public submissions refused on Government Procurement deal

    “Parliament has refused to hear public submissions on an international agreement the Government has signed that locks in future rules for government purchasing,” says CTU Secretary, Sam Huggard. “This should have been the one and only opportunity the public has to comment on the deal after the details of it were made public.

    5 days 20 hours ago
  • NZ-Korea agreement weak on trade, strong on rights for overseas investors

    Workers are questioning what the benefits will be of the recently confirmed free trade agreement with South Korea.

    “The free trade agreement with South Korea is weak on trade benefits, but deals New Zealand into giving another set of overseas investors the right to sue the government if their profits are threatened,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg.

    1 week 1 day ago
  • Vital for Parliament to support Fighting Foreign Corporate Control Bill

    “It is vital that all members of Parliament support the Fighting Foreign Corporate Control Bill that New Zealand First has introduced,” says CTU Secretary Sam Huggard.

    1 week 2 days ago
  • Economy growing – but who’s getting it?

    “Who’s benefiting from the growth in the economy? This is an important question after another three months of GDP statistics showing economic growth getting closer to the levels in the 2000s before the Global Financial Crisis,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg.

    1 week 5 days ago