The National Government want to make more changes to employment law. The changes will result in lower wages. The Government thinks that is a good thing. But low wages are already pushing thousands and thousands of Kiwis to leave for Australia.
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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  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases

    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years unless they worked longer hours,” CTU economist Bill Rosenberg says.

    2 hours 24 min ago
  • Injuries at work show agriculture, forestry, and fishery sectors are too dangerous

    Workers are deeply concerned about the research Statistics New Zealand have released today showing that almost one-quarter of agriculture, forestry, and fishery workers had a work-related injury claim accepted by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) in 2013.

    1 week 23 hours ago
  • Most workers see little increase in pay rates

    “Despite strong growth in the economy over the last year, the median (middle) pay rate has risen only 1.7 percent – just 0.1 percent in real terms”, says CTU economist Bill Rosenberg. “So for most workers, any increase in income will have come from working longer rather than better pay rates.”

    2 weeks 6 days ago
  • Economic Bulletin 161: Do collective agreements give bigger pay rises?

    September 2014

    Does it pay for you to be on a Collective Employment Agreement (CEA) rather than an individual agreement? The evidence available suggests that yes, workers on Collective Employment Agreements get bigger and more frequent pay rises.

    3 weeks 1 day ago
  • Falling economic growth – wage rises overdue

    “The lower GDP growth in the three months to June is further evidence that growth has peaked. New Zealand’s economy is on the way down to mediocre growth rates,” says CTU economist Bill Rosenberg.

    4 weeks 6 days ago