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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

Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 16:39
CTU Media release With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years unless they worked longer hours,” CTU economist Bill Rosenberg says. “Productivity has […]

Unite 2014 Conference and AGM

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 17:58
Unite will be holding its 2014 National conference and AGM in Auckland on Monday 1st December and Tuesday 2nd December at the St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St,  Ponsonby,  Auckland. Delegates will be attending from all over the country to participate in training workshops, discussions about the future of unionism and Unite, and to elect Unite’s […]

Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 09:19
(Reprinted from The Daily Blog) By Prof Jane Kelsey On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join us? The latest version of intellectual […]

Injuries show agriculture, forestry, and fishery too dangerous

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 16:16
Workers are deeply concerned about the research Statistics New Zealand have released today showing that almost one-quarter of agriculture, forestry, and fishery workers had a work-related injury claim accepted by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) in 2013. Provisional figures for 2013 show that agriculture, forestry, and fishery workers made 226 injury claims per 1,000 full-time […]

SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 19:51
SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked at the company for 15 years. Speaking through tears in her voice she told the […]

Why workers need our own “foreign policy” based on solidarity

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 00:14
By Mike Treen, Unite National Director Reprinted from The Daily Blog Working people in the advanced capitalist world should reject appeals by the rulers of their countries to support the foreign policy of “their” country. Inevitably that foreign policy is simply a programme to advance the interests of the super wealthy owners of industry and […]

Why capitalism has crises?

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 14:37
The National Business Review commented in on August 15 that in the early years of this government Finance Minister Bill English occasionally pointed out New Zealand has had post World War Two recessions roughly every ten years: in 1957-58; 1967-68; the mid 1970s; the mid 1980s; 1997-98 and 2007-8. "’You’d think we would see them […]

How you can support striking ANZ workers

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 15:43
Tomorrow (Friday) FIRST Union members at ANZ are going on strike, speaking out against bank proposals that would be highly disruptive to family life. This update to CTU affiliates details how you can support FIRST Union members involved in the strike. Information about the dispute is at the base of this page. 1 – Messages […]

The Living Wage – Online Survey

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 14:18
As part of a funded empirical study, a Massey University People, Organisation, Work and Employment Research (MPOWER) team is running a national online Living Wage survey. The survey seeks to find out how people feel about the Living Wage in New Zealand, and what they perceive that it means for employees’ income level, well-being, engagement […]

The rich get richer….

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 12:52
By Mike Treen, Unite Union National Director (Reprinted from The Daily Blog) Nobel prize winner Paul Krugman highlights the growing inequality in this article in the New York Times. The left wing slogan that the “the rich get richer” is a fact of almost perverse power. The most recent period of expansion in the USA […]

Pro-Union BK Worker Disciplined For Poor Pickle Placement

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 11:31
Reprinted from Huffington Post In colorful fashion, a judge with the National Labor Relations Board ruled Monday that a major Burger King franchisee in Michigan had committed various forms of union-busting in the face of worker strikes and organizing. According to the decision, EYM King, which runs 22 Burger King restaurants in and around Detroit, […]