YOUR VOTE HAS NEVER BEEN THIS IMPORTANT. As a New Zealander, it's vital to think about voting in a way that counts. Our lives are affected by the decisions made by our politicians - we've laid out for you 10 key issues to think about as you make your decision on where to place your vote in the 2014 election. 
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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What's New...

  • 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.

    6 hours 53 min ago
  • Get Out and Vote campaign a success – Thousands of workers pledged to vote

    Tens of thousands of workers from all around New Zealand have embraced the Get Out and Vote campaign and have created their own personalised voting plan, the CTU said today.

    “With three days of voting left in the 2014 General Election our campaign is in full swing, engaging with union members about making sure they get out and vote,” CTU Vice-President, Richard Wagstaff said.

    10 hours 22 min ago
  • Workers despair at Nationals lack of fairness

    “Nationals Workplaces policy, released today, fails to articulate any vison about how life for working New Zealanders can be improved.” CTU President Helen Kelly said.

    3 days 10 hours ago
  • CTU supports Pike families’ application for judicial review

    The Council of Trade Unions is supporting the application filed by two of the Pike families to review the decision not to continue the prosecution against Pike River Mine CEO Peter Whittall.

    1 week 3 hours ago
  • Outlook: unacceptable lack of wage growth & unemployment above 5%

    “The Reserve Bank’s forecasts show an economy that offers little hope of fair wage increases and falls in unemployment to pre-GFC levels under current policies,” says CTU Economist, Bill Rosenberg. “It says wage growth is ‘subdued’ and held down by continuing unemployment and strong immigration.”

    1 week 8 hours ago