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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  • Labour's plan to boost skills development refreshing

    The future of work needs to be one where working people have good, satisfying jobs with decent incomes, and Labour's announcements today on boosting skills are welcome, the CTU said today.

    3 days 20 hours ago
  • Green Party’s plan to boost manufacturing a winner

    Today’s announcement from the Green Party to boost manufacturing in New Zealand is supported by working people.

    “Increasing and improving manufacturing in New Zealand is a specific way to create more quality jobs which is crucial,” CTU President, Richard Wagstaff said.

    1 week 1 day ago
  • Civil Aviation needs to reconsider aggressive behaviour

    Civil Aviation needs to reconsider aggressive behaviour "Good employers do not prevent those they employee from coming to work. This is exactly what Civil Aviation is intending on doing by "locking out" people who have joined together in union to achieve better terms and conditions at work," says CTU President Richard Wagstaff.

    3 weeks 2 days ago
  • Economic Bulletin 180: 90 day trials – what does the research tell us?

    June 2016

    The Government is in denial over the failure of the 90-day trials. New research commissioned by Treasury found that it did not increase employment or help disadvantaged workers. The Government now denies those were its objectives. Its professed commitment to evidence is selective and doesn’t apply when employers’ interests are at stake.

    4 weeks 1 day ago
  • Prime Minister must back working Kiwis

    The Prime Minister needs to reassess his priorities and move urgently to stop working Kiwis losing up to a million dollars a day says CTU Secretary Sam Huggard.

    The call follows the CTU's request that the government urgently pass legislation to stop the clock on the six year limit that is writing off holiday back pay owed to working Kiwis.

    5 weeks 2 days ago