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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  • Solo parents forced to work; but where are the quality jobs?

    The Government is increasing the expectations of paid work from solo parents without any thought as to where the jobs will be, the Council of Trade Unions said today.
    “There are already 100,000 part time workers who are wanting more secure hours of work,” said CTU secretary Sam Huggard.

    3 days 18 hours ago
  • Workers are missing out; National Government continues to support the privileged few

    Workers are not prioritised in the seventh National Government Budget.

    CTU President,  Helen Kelly  is hugely disappointed, “there is absolutely no vision to create quality jobs. Instead this Government is focused on creating more low paid casual jobs, these jobs are insecure and do little to address the growing number of working poor.”

    4 days 12 hours ago
  • Vote Health’s operational funding needs a $549 million boost just to maintain services

    Vote Health’s operational funding will need to increase by $549 million in this year’s Budget just to maintain the current levels of service. This is one of the key findings of a pre-Budget analysis of government health expenditure prepared by the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions and released today.

    1 week 12 hours ago
  • Regions need a jobs plan

    The Government must work with regional New Zealand to develop a plan for jobs development and wage growth to ensure kiwi workers are treated more fairly.

    1 week 6 days ago
  • Governments own statistics show no leadership on jobs

    Workers are concerned with the Labour Market figures, released today by Statistics New Zealand, which show that the Government isn’t doing enough to create jobs for New Zealanders.

    2 weeks 5 days ago