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Minimum wage increase useless without end to zero hours

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 14:42
Unite Union has welcomed the 50 cent an hour increase in the minimum wage but says that no matter what level the minimum wage reached it is of little benefit unless it is combined with an end to zero hour contracts. Unite is calling on the government to set a target to have the minimum […]

Zero Hour Myths exposed by Fast Food worker survey

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 14:30
A major survey of fast food workers in New Zealand has exposed the reality of “Zero Hour Contracts” for workers and some of the myths used to justify them. Over a thousand fast food union members working for the major brands in New Zealand responded to Unite Union’s online survey, with nearly 700 giving detailed […]


Sun, 02/22/2015 - 14:21
Some employers and politicians are trying to defend “zero hours” contracts as in the workers’ interest and trying to shift the focus away from the core problem of not having  Results from Unite Union’s survey of fast food workers shows how far these ‘myths” are form reality: Myth 1: Zero Hours Contracts give workers the flexibility […]

Wendy’s accused of illegaly intimidating workers to stop striking

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 15:57
Wendy’s workers first strike at Hornby, Christchurch, on February 18, 2015 Unite Union has accused the Wendy’s corporation of intimidating workers to stop striking. Workers have been pulled aside by managers to caution them against striking "or there would be consequences for their future at Wendy’s". One union delegate was called into a meeting with […]

TV3: End Zero Hours protest Feb 14

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 13:48

International action supports Unite’s campaign against zero hour contracts

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 13:08
Workers in Indonesia and the Philippines took action to support the New Zealand fast food workers in their campaign against zero hour contracts by holding solidarity pickets outs9ide local McDonald’s store in both countries. Messages of support were also received from Kong Kong and Korean union activists involved in the international campaign to win union […]

Strike at Wendy’s Palmerston North today

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 16:48
Wendy’s workers Palmerston North strike today over not receiving their days in lieu and not receiving all of their entitled breaks. With solidarity from Dion First Union and Roger Middlemass Meat Workers Union and Unions Manawatu

Fast food workers meet to “End zero hours in 2015!”

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 08:52
This Saturday, February 14, over 100 fast food workers from across New Zealand will be gathering in Auckland to discuss their upcoming battle to end zero hour contracts in the fast food industry. The conference is also open to anyone who wants to actively support the workers campaign. This issue has emerged as the number […]

Wendy’s workers take action over stolen lieu days

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 12:15
US McDonald’s workers Genoby Jimes (2nd from left) and Anggie Godoy (3rd from left) join Wendy’s workers outside the Royal Oak store in Auckland February 10. (Photo by Jos Wheeler) Wendy’s workers from five stores in Auckland and Papakura walked off the job yesterday over the company’s theft of their right to "alternative days" off […]

CTU: Wages didn’t keep up with productivity

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 16:46
CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg Workers have been short changed by up to one sixth of the wages they should have earned as a result of employers not sharing the benefits of productivity growth, the Council of Trade Unions said today. A study released today by the Productivity Commission shows that real wages fell significantly behind […]

Greek election a blow to austerity

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 13:43
By Mike Treen, Unite National Director (Reprinted from The Daily Blog) The SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) election in Greece has opened up enormous opportunities to turn the tide against the anti-working class austerity policies that have been imposed in that country above all but also elsewhere in Europe. This small European country of […]

Secure hours at Jet Park

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 20:16
A second employer in the hotel industry has agreed to a secure hours clause with Unite Union. Jet Park Hotel, a family owned business near Auckand Airport has guaranteed all Part-time workers a minimum of three shifts per week. Unite Union Hotels Organiser Shanna Reeder said "Our union members have been crying out for more […]

Workers overdue a pay catch up

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:05
Workers are well overdue a pay catch-up and 2015 will be a year where workers’ expectations of a decent rise will increase, the Council of Trade Unions said today. Labour Cost Index statistics out today show that wages are up marginally over the past year at 1.7 per cent. "The New Zealand economy is growing […]

US McD’s workers join fight in NZ

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 15:28
Media Advisory Feb 3, 2015: Two McDonald’s workers from the “Fight for15 LA” campaign in Los Angeles will be visiting New Zealand from February 9 to 17. Anggie Godoy, 19, and Genoby Jimes, 27, are in New Zealand to support Unite Union’s campaign against zero hour contracts in the fast food industry and will be […]

NZ Labour Letter

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 17:08
Produced by AIL NZ for the labour movement of New Zealand January 2015, Vol. 6 No. 1 National Labour News NZ Meat Workers Union launched a national campaign to highlight job insecurity within the meat industry. The union said in a statement that it will call on ‘Jobs that Count‘ for workers in the industry […]

Bolivia, South Africa and Cuba – three victories for the left & labour movements

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 17:46
“Cuban Five” together again after final three released Three events in December mark high points for the international socialist and working class movement in the struggle to free humanity from the interlinked scourges of capitalism and climate change. Firstly we have the leadership shown by President of Bolivia Evo Morale’s speech to the COP20 summit […]

Saturday, Jan 10th: Join Cuban Ambassador to celebrate return of Cuban Five. 6pm, Maritime Club, Anzac Ave.

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 10:55
CELEBRATE THE FREEDOM OF THE CUBAN FIVE! SPECIAL GUEST: MARIA DEL CARMEN HERRERA, CUBA’S AMBASSADOR TO NEW ZEALAND Maritime Club, 68 Anzac Ave, central Auckland Speeches, music, snacks, cash bar Sat, January 10 6pm-9pm Organised by the Cuba Friendship Society Email cubafriends.ak Phone Ina (09)303 1755, Malcolm 021 151 7887 Please feel free to send […]

New Leadership at Unite

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 18:40
The 2014 AGM of Unite Union saw many new leaders step up and a farewell to one of the Union’s Matt McCarten stood down as National Secretary. Matt had been on leave for the most of the year after taking up the Chief of Staff position for the Labour party in parliament. Matt played the […]

Fast food strikes in US

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 14:34
 ​ FAST-FOOD WORKERS STRIKE IN 190 CITIES AS FIGHT FOR $15, UNION RIGHTS GROWS IN NEW INDUSTRIES Push for Higher Pay Spreads as Home Care Workers, Convenience Store Cashiers, Discount Store Clerks, Airport Cleaners and Ramp Workers, Walmart Associates, Federally-Contracted Service Workers Call for $15 an Hour — In Just Two Years, Fast Food Cooks […]

Unite Union conference declares war on zero hour contracts

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 14:18
​Unite fast food delegates send a message of support to US workers By Mike Treen, Unite Union National Director 150 Unite Union delegates resolved to launch a campaign in the new year to end zero hour contracts in the fast food industry at their national conference December 1-2. At their national conference Unite discussed recent […]