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CTU criticises poor government advice to workers on drive-offs

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:51
The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (‘MBIE’) regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue. Jeff Sissons, CTU General Counsel, says “Clauses in employment agreements allowing employers to deduct money from workers’ wages to compensate them for loss […]

Want a Living Wage? Work at McDonald’s… in Denmark

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 13:42
Fast-food workers display signs during a protest to demand regular hiring in Quezon City, Philippines. (AP Photo/Pat Roque) By Michelle Chen Reprinted from The Nation The fast-food workers’ movement has exploded in size and reach over the past year with strikes and protests in dozens of cities. The movement seems to encapsulate rising public disgust […]

Letter to Minister on abuse of breaks law

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 08:35
Michael Woodhouse Minister of Labour Parliament Buildings Wellington 6160 20 November 2014 Dear Mr Woodhouse, Yesterday I received a concerning email from one of our union members. It stated that: “This morning in the briefing our manager declared that its now her right to decide when we take our breaks, and that since it was […]

Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 14:27
Unite Union hotel workers picket 2007 The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their staff. Yesterday a union member, who prefers to remain anonymous for fear of retribution, emailed Hotel Organiser Shanna Reeder. “This […]

Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 18:56
By Mike Treen Unite Union National Director (Reprinted from The Daily Blog) Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up […]

Christchurch chef awarded close to $175,000 in compensation

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 11:43
(Reprinted from the NZ Herald) By Sophie Ryan @SophieRyan A chef employed at a Christchurch Vietnamese restaurant has been awarded $174,356.65 after working for five years without being paid, in what the Employment Relations Authority calls one of an increasing number of cases of exploitation of migrant workers. His brother has also been awarded $14,386.73 […]

Auckland Mitre 10 MEGA fined after teen loses fingers

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 16:05
12 November 2014 Grove Hardware Limited, trading as Mitre 10 MEGA Glenfield, was fined $39,450 and ordered to pay reparation of $20,000 yesterday after an employee had two fingers partially amputated and nerve severed on another finger by a saw. The 16-year-old employee spent nine days in hospital as a result of his serious injuries. […]

Continuing crises are what this system is about

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 23:50
By Mike Treen, Unite Union National Director (Reprinted from The Daily Blog) The decision of the US Federal Reserve to end its programme of “Quantitative Easing” signals a desire for a return to monetary “normalcy” in capitalist policy circles. The announcement was made on October 29, the anniversary of the 1929 crash on Wall Street—triggered […]

CTU tells select committee: you have the power to make workplaces safer

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 12:30
New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Media Release (6/11/14) The CTU today spoke to Parliament’s Transport and Industrial Relations Committee on its submission about the Health and Safety Reform Bill. CTU Vice-President Richard Wagstaff said “New Zealand workers deserve the best law possible. The Government has now instituted or supported three thorough inquiries in to […]

Thousands of Kiwis plan for Action against TPPA on 8 November

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 09:18
Thousands of Kiwis are expected to take to the streets in seventeen towns and cities across the country this Saturday to voice their opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). Trade ministers from the twelve participating countries, including New Zealand, will be meeting at the same time in Beijing to try to bring the secretive […]

Protest corporate trap this Saturday

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 08:55

Workers rights weakened by new laws – fightback needed

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 16:51
By Mike Treen, National Director, Unite Union (Reprinted from The Daily Blog) The government’s changes to the employment laws are designed to weaken workers bargaining power – at both the individual and collective level. 30-day rule The old law required an employer with a collective agreement in place to employ new staff on the terms […]

Living Wage Survey – LAST CHANCE: closes tomorrow night at midnight

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 14:38
The CTU encourages unions and workers to fill in this survey if you haven’t already . It will provide important empirical data for the Living Wage and other wage campaigns. The Living Wage – Online Survey As part of a funded empirical study, a Massey University People, Organisation, Work and Employment Research (MPOWER) team is […]

Living Wages, Rarity for U.S. Fast-Food Workers, Served Up in Denmark

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:02
Slideshow: Fast food natiom By LIZ ALDERMAN and STEVEN GREENHOUSE (Reprinted from the New York Times) COPENHAGEN — On a recent afternoon, Hampus Elofsson ended his 40-hour workweek at a Burger King and prepared for a movie and beer with friends. He had paid his rent and all his bills, stashed away some savings, yet […]

Kiwis to fight back against TPPA ‘corporate trap’ on 8 November

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:47
New Zealanders in at least sixteen different locations around the country are organising for an International Day of Action against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) on 8 November, co-ordinated by It’s Our Future NZ. This is part of an international day of action to coincide with the next gathering of TPPA ministers and leaders around […]

Call centre workers fear calling in sick.

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 16:35
By Shanna Reeder, Unite call centre organiser. We’ve been receiving an increasing number of phone calls and emails from our call centre union members regarding the “negative” treatment they get for taking sick leave. Sick leave is a basic right for all employed people in New Zealand. Paid Sick Leave is prescribed under current legislation […]

Work to Live – our next big action

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 13:04
Work to Live – a hui, talanoa and celebration mark an important step toward involvement of local networks in the Living Wage campaign. View this email in your browser Does your organisation, your faith group, or your union have connections with South Auckland communities? Help our communities come together around the concerns they share about […]

Equal pay win in Court of Appeal

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:51
CTU Media release Today the Court of Appeal has made a historic decision paving the way for a substantial equal pay claim for aged care workers. The Court of Appeal decision supports the case of caregiver Kristine Bartlett and her union, the Service and Food Workers Union, that in female-predominant industries the claimant may have […]

SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:23
SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison “not telling the truth”. By Mike Treen (Unite National Director) and John Crocker (Unite SkyCity Organiser) SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are […]

Antiwar action Auckland Saturday 2pm

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 17:45