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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  • Health budget funding needs $691 million to maintain services

    The Government’s health budget will need to increase by $691 million just to maintain current levels of service.

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  • Mansions & garden sheds

    The New Zealand Herald has released data today showing that our highest paid executives had a pay rise of 12% in 2015. In contrast most working Kiwis had a pay rise of 2.2% over the same period.

    1 week 4 days ago
  • Government’s job creation strategies need a major boost


    Working people are calling on the Government to significantly up their game in job creation, following a big rise in people looking for work.

    CTU Secretary Sam Huggard says working people need to see a better plan from government to create jobs.

    2 weeks 6 days ago
  • Economic Bulletin 178

    April 2016

    The Government’s Budget for 2016 is on 26 May. What’s likely to be in it, and what should be?

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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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