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 172: Overseas Investment in New Zealand - How Much and How Good?

    September 2015

    Overseas investment is frequently controversial. When multinational corporations misbehave or try to influence governments (including in treaties like the TPPA) they attract odium. Land sales to overseas buyers are controversial for understandable reasons. But ongoing business investment frequently flies under the radar and is economically much more important.

    7 hours 2 min ago
  • Workers are certainly concerned about wages, Minister

    The government may not be concerned about workers not getting a fair share, but workers themselves certainly are, the Council of Trade Unions said today.

    2 days 9 hours ago
  • Pay the job not the gender

    There is an increasing appetite to deal to the persistent gender pay gap, the Council of Trade Unions said today.

    The New Zealand Income Survey, out today, shows that average hourly pay rates for women are still 14 percent lower than for men.

    2 days 9 hours ago
  • The Ministry of Social Development’s “Investment Approach” is not an investment approach

    Today the Minister of Finance, Bill English gave the first in a series of lectures at Treasury on the Government’s “Social Investment” approach. A flagship part of this is the so-called “Investment Approach” used by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD). It uses techniques from the insurance industry to calculate long term costs to the government of welfare benefits.

    2 weeks 6 days ago
  • Economy isn’t serving those who need it most

    “Economic growth is faltering with no growth per person in New Zealand over the three months to June”, says CTU economist Bill Rosenberg. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew 0.4 percent in the quarter, but population was estimated to have grown by 0.5 percent over the same period according to statistics released today by Statistics New Zealand.

    2 weeks 6 days ago