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The Government must do more to get Kiwis in work

“There is plenty that needs doing that could put more Kiwis in work. But figures out today show that there are still too many Kiwis out of work,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. In the June quarter official unemployment was 5.1 percent or 131,000 people, barely changed from 5.2 percent three months before.

Easter Sunday should be for families, not commerce

The Council of Trade Unions is backing the call of two former All Blacks to protect family time at Easter.

A government bill, which will make it easier for shops to open on Easter Sunday, is due back before Parliament this week for its third and final reading.

Pacific labour mobility meeting missing key ingredient – the voices of working people

A meeting on Pacific labour mobility in New Zealand this week has a glaring omission – the voices of organised labour, the NZ Council of Trade Unions said today.

The inaugural Pacific Labour Mobility Annual Meeting gets underway in Christchurch today.  It is taking place ahead of a Ministerial meeting of the Pacer Plus trade and investment talks.

Midwives, like all working women, deserve fair pay

New Zealand working women are building momentum in their call for fair pay.

“It is wonderful to see another group of working women, this time midwives, using their collective voice to turn up the volume on the need for their incredibly important work, to be fairly paid by the Government,” said CTU Secretary Sam Huggard. 

Labour’s plan to boost skills development refreshing

The future of work needs to be one where working people have good, satisfying jobs with decent incomes, and Labour’s announcements today on boosting skills are welcome, the CTU said today.

Green Party’s plan to boost manufacturing a winner

Today’s announcement from the Green Party to boost manufacturing in New Zealand is supported by working people.

“Increasing and improving manufacturing in New Zealand is a specific way to create more quality jobs which is crucial,” CTU President, Richard Wagstaff said.

Civil Aviation needs to reconsider aggressive behaviour

Civil Aviation needs to reconsider aggressive behaviour “Good employers do not prevent those they employee from coming to work. This is exactly what Civil Aviation is intending on doing by “locking out” people who have joined together in union to achieve better terms and conditions at work,” says CTU President Richard Wagstaff.

Prime Minister must back working Kiwis

The Prime Minister needs to reassess his priorities and move urgently to stop working Kiwis losing up to a million dollars a day says CTU Secretary Sam Huggard.

The call follows the CTU’s request that the government urgently pass legislation to stop the clock on the six year limit that is writing off holiday back pay owed to working Kiwis.