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 169: Peter Conway - economist, unionist, colleague, friend

    June 2015

    Peter Conway died on 9 June after a serious depressive illness. He was CTU economist before me, and he was my boss and colleague as CTU Secretary. He also founded the CTU Monthly Economic Bulletin. So I’m taking this opportunity to remember him as an economist – but also as more than that, because he was never “just an economist”.

    4 days 5 hours ago
  • CEO salaries through the roof while workers aren’t getting a fair share

    Far too many workers aren’t able to provide for themselves and their families and are missing out on getting ahead because wealth is being concentrated at the top, the CTU said today.

    2 weeks 6 days ago
  • CTU mourns Peter Conway


    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Te Kauae Kaimahi is thankful for all the expressions of support and admiration of past CTU Secretary Peter Conway following his death this week.

    Peter was a fine person and the outpouring of grief is an indication of how much he was admired and loved.

    3 weeks 3 days ago
  • Peter Conway – Family Statement

    Peter Conway deeply loved life partner of Liz, father of Maddy, Sean and Rosa, died in Wellington today 9th June after battling a depressive illness for more than 12 months.

    Peter fought hard in a daily struggle to stay with the family he loved. He carried this terrible illness with the same dignity and kindness that he lived his life, but ultimately it took him.

    3 weeks 4 days ago
  • NZ health and safety slammed on international stage

    Workers have voiced concerns about the reform of health and safety happening in New Zealand, at the 104th session of the International Labour Organisation in Geneva, in front of 185 countries.

    3 weeks 5 days ago