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Minimum wage increase… minimum

Today’s announcement by the Government to increase the minimum wage from $14.75 to $15.25 per hour “is treading water” CTU President Richard Wagstaff said.
“Increasing the minimum wage by $0.50 to $15.25 an hour, or $610 a week (which is what a 40 hour week gross earnings would be), is simply not enough to sustain a family on,”

Has Talley’s learnt… now?

Talley’s company South Pacific Meats (SPC) has been fined $144,000 in an Employment Authority decision released yesterday for their refusal to allow for union access.

Huge win for home support workers

The Council of Trade Unions is celebrating a huge win secured by union members who support people in their homes.

Members of the PSA and E tū will finally be paid fairly. “These people do incredible work supporting members of our community to stay in their homes and at the same time receive the care they need,” CTU President Richard Wagstaff said.

TPPA: a missed opportunity to value working people

Tomorrow’s signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is a missed opportunity to value the contribution of working people, not just in New Zealand but in all the countries who sign on.

Fall in unemployment welcome but more still needs to be done to create enough jobs

“The fall in official unemployment from 6.0 to 5.3 percent is welcome,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg, “but the unfortunate fact is that the economy is still not creating enough jobs to match the increase in the working age population, which is swollen by the highest annual net immigration in 25 years.

Working people need to benefit from growth in economy

Strong growth in the economy in the three months to September was not matched by growth in employment, with more people not in work.

“While stronger growth is welcome, it needs to be shared with the people who need it most,” says CTU economist Bill Rosenberg.