On November 19 2010, almost 6 years ago, 29 men were killed at Pike River Mine. Their deaths were completely preventable and no person or organisation has ever been held responsible. There has been no justice for the 29 men who remain in the mine. “There are so many unanswered questions which remain. There is… Read more »Read more...
New information shows households with lowest living standards face highest price increases
“The new information on prices facing different types of households released by Statistics New Zealand today means we should be even more concerned about inequalities and poverty in New Zealand,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. “The new Household Living-Cost Price Indexes show that since June 2008, households with the lowest expenditure per person faced price… Read more »Read more...
Plenty of potential in Future of Work and jobs proposals
Labour has significantly upped the stakes on new ideas generation for the future of work and good jobs, the Council of Trade Unions said today.
CTU President Richard Wagstaff said that since the global financial crisis, New Zealand economic conditions had improved, but the benefits had been very unevenly distributed.Read more...
Work and Income need to promote secure jobs, not condone dubious labour hire practices
Newshub’s revelation that the Ministry of Social Development is in partnership with Manpower – a labour hire company following some unlawful and shonky practices – shows an apparent disregard by both for people’s working conditions, says CTU Secretary Sam Huggard.Read more...
Government policies still leave too many out of work
Details of Farewell for Helen Kelly
Please be advised of the following arrangements for the public farewell and celebration of Helen Kelly’s life.
When: 1pm, Friday 28 October
Where: Michael Fowler Centre, 111 Wakefield St, Wellington
Working people mourn Helen Kelly – a statement from CTU President Richard Wagstaff
“Today New Zealand mourns the loss of union leader Helen Kelly. She was a fighter who died after a battle with cancer.
Helen died too young, and will always be remembered in our hearts, minds and on the frontlines of the fight for everyday working people.Read more...
Kiwis working harder
“It’s good to see incomes rising,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg, commenting on the income statistics released by Statistics New Zealand this morning, “but a big part of it is from people working harder and longer. We can see the pressures in household debt at reRead more...
Official statistics out – women still paid less than men
Information released this morning by Statistics New Zealand shows that New Zealand is getting no closer to achieving pay equality between men and women with the average female wage 13.6% less than what men receive.
In real terms this means that unless meaningful action is taken it will take over 110 years for Kiwi woman to be paid what they are worth; the same as men.
Quality public tertiary education for all New Zealanders is what’s needed
The Draft Productivity Commission Report looking at new models of tertiary education poses risks for students and working people if the recommendations to open up tertiary education to increased private provision were to go further.Read more...