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Labour’s policies a step change for working people

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 12:47 pm | Council of Trade Unions

“After six long years of working life getting tougher in New Zealand workers have been given a real choice today with the announcement of Labour's Industrial Relations policy package,” CTU President Helen Kelly said. More >>

CTU Urges Reserve Bank Not to Raise Interest Rates

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 9:29 am | NZCTU

The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Reserve Bank not to raise interest rates on Thursday. “Another rise in interest rates will raise the dollar further, striking another blow at high value manufacturing industries who are exporting or ... More >>

Charges laid against forestry employer

Wednesday, 16 July 2014, 1:16 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Subsequent to the granting of leave by the District Court, Helen Kelly President of the CTU has filed charges in the Taupo District Court against forestry employer M & A Cross Limited for alleged breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment ... More >>

Prices rising where they hurt families most

Wednesday, 16 July 2014, 12:40 pm | Council of Trade Unions

“While overall price inflation is still modest, and should give no reason for the Reserve Bank to lift interest rates further, the rises are occurring where they hurt families most: in food, housing and electricity,” says CTU economist Bill Rosenberg. More >>

Low income families hit hardest by global crisis

Wednesday, 9 July 2014, 9:57 am | Council of Trade Unions

“The effects on families of the global financial crisis, lack of adjustment of the accommodation supplement and high housing costs show up in the latest Household Incomes Report from the Ministry of Social Development,” says CTU Economist Bill ... More >>

Bridges must act to ban importation of asbestos

Thursday, 3 July 2014, 4:28 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The CTU is calling on Minister Simon Bridges to act on the eve of Mesothelioma* Day (*Mesothelioma is a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos fibres). “Today in Parliament, MP Andrew Little tabled an asbestos containing product which was able ... More >>

CTU tells Select Committee workplaces must be made safer

Thursday, 26 June 2014, 12:01 pm | Council of Trade Unions

The CTU has today made a strong oral submission to the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee on the Health and Safety Reform Bill. “It is possible to turn around the terrible record of health and safety in this country, but this will only ... More >>

Labour's plan makes life fairer for working Kiwis

Wednesday, 25 June 2014, 12:30 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Labour’s Fiscal Plan shows a clear and positive difference from National. More >>

High growth for now - but who benefits?

Thursday, 19 June 2014, 12:02 pm | CTU

"Will most people see money in their pockets as a result of the current high GDP growth rates?" asks Bill Rosenberg, CTU Economist. "Economic growth is forecast to peak this year, yet wage growth has been slow. There is a real question ... More >>

Why is the Reserve Bank happy with low wage growth?

Thursday, 12 June 2014, 2:54 pm | Council of Trade Unions

“There seems little prospect for better wage growth if the Reserve Bank is to be believed”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. “It says the slow wage growth is because of more people wanting jobs, rapid immigration growth, and the high unemployment ... More >>

Forest contractor’s attitude unhelpful

Thursday, 12 June 2014, 12:14 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The CTU is gobsmacked at today’s attack from the Forest Industry Contractors Association (FICA) to its own Independent Forest Safety Review Report. “FICA's public meltdown is unfortunate and disappointing. We are very concerned that this type of behaviour ... More >>

Ministry report: National Government changes not working

Wednesday, 11 June 2014, 9:15 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Ministry report: National Government changes not working The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has released its report into the changes to the Holidays Act and the Employment Relations Act the National Government made in 2011. ... More >>

Safe Rebuild Canterbury and Hazel Armstrong honoured

Thursday, 29 May 2014, 2:46 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Tonight in Auckland is the tenth anniversary of the Safeguard Health and Safety awards, awards which recognise individuals and organisations which have made workplaces safer. More >>

Minimum Wage Order amendment lets down low paid workers

Thursday, 29 May 2014, 2:17 pm | Council of Trade Unions

The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions is disappointed with the decision today by Minister of Labour Simon Bridges to amend the Minimum Wage Order to allow wages to be calculated over a fortnight. More >>

Government must do more about Asbestos problem

Tuesday, 27 May 2014, 2:33 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The CTU is deeply concerned about the exposure to deadly asbestos Christchurch rebuild workers are experiencing. Fletchers, the major contractor responsible for a significant part of the rebuild project, will be in court on Friday facing possible charges for ... More >>

CTU welcomes discussion on how to make work safer

Thursday, 22 May 2014, 12:08 pm | Council of Trade Unions

The CTU is pleased to see the consultation document on five of the most important regulations needed to implement the proposed Health and Safety Reform Bill. Jeff Sissons, CTU General Counsel, says that “These regulations are the flesh on the ... More >>

National’s budget won’t grow wages

Thursday, 15 May 2014, 2:45 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

“This Budget fails to look to the future. It does nothing to grow wages. National is fixated on getting to surplus which has meant ignoring the increasing needs of most New Zealanders who have experienced five years of wages staying the same. The ... More >>

Health budget needs $500 million in new money to avoid cuts

Tuesday, 13 May 2014, 4:10 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Vote Health will need to increase by $499 million in this year’s Budget just to maintain the current levels of service. This is one of the key findings of a pre-Budget analysis of government health expenditure prepared by the New Zealand Council of ... More >>

Workers support Labours plan to bring unemployment down

Monday, 12 May 2014, 2:49 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The CTU is welcoming today’s announcement from the Labour Party that they will set a target of reducing unemployment to four percent if they are in Government after the next election. More >>

CTU to take private prosecution over forestry death

Saturday, 10 May 2014, 2:29 pm | Council of Trade Unions

The CTU has been granted permission from the Court to take a private prosecution against a M & A Cross Ltd the employer of forestry worker Charles Finlay who was killed at work. More >>



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