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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  • 99 Kiwis killed at work

    This Workers Memorial Day, April 28th, we remember the 99* New Zealanders who went to work and never came home, the 99 New Zealanders who were killed at work.

    “Workers Memorial Day is a sombre day. We remember those whose lives would have been saved if their workplaces had been safer. All of these deaths could have been prevented,” CTU President Richard Wagstaff said.

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  • Working people deserve an apology from Bill English

    The Council of Trade Unions says that Deputy Leader of the National Party, Bill English needs to apologise to working people after his reprehensible comments made about working people being useless.

    2 weeks 3 days ago
  • Government jobs strategy needed

    Following on from two large-scale redundancies announced in the past two weeks, new analysis out today from the Reserve Bank shows increased migration is contributing to the reason so many people are out of work.  

    3 weeks 2 days ago
  • Training for workplace health and safety representatives

    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions knows that high quality, worker-centric health and safety representative training programmes are a key to safer work under the new Health and Safety at Work Act. The new Act comes into force today and heralds some significant improvements in the health and safety space – including new powers for Health and Safety Reps (HSRs).

    3 weeks 5 days ago
  • Holiday pay roll mistakes can be fixed

    The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Government to work with business and unions to resolve the miscalculation, by some employers, of holiday pay entitlements.

    4 weeks 1 day ago