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Manufacturing policy welcomed

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 10:19 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

“Today’s announcement of Labour’s manufacturing policy is very welcome,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. “Just as many other developed countries are realising, having a strong manufacturing sector pays off in good jobs, retaining ... More >>

Workers support plain packaging of tobacco

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 12:49 pm | CTU

The CTU have today presented to the health select committee in support of plain packaging of tobacco. “Any steps that can be taken to lower smoking rates will result in New Zealand workers and their families having healthier and better lives, ... More >>

Give a lei and have your say!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014, 3:15 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Pasifika arm of the CTU, Komiti Pasifika, launches their ‘Lei Your Local’ campaign this week. The purpose of the campaign is to increase Pasifika participation in the 2014 General Election. More >>

Workplaces have a role in reducing domestic violence

Monday, 31 March 2014, 3:55 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

A Bill that aims to support workplaces in the reduction of domestic violence and provide victims of domestic violence with practical support in the form of leave and expert assistance “must be supported by all political parties” says Sheryl ... More >>

30 Years since Trades Hall Bombing in Wellington

Thursday, 27 March 2014, 8:52 am | NZCTU

March 27 marks the 30th anniversary of the Trades Hall bombing in Wellington. The bomb killed Ernie Abbort President of the Wellington Caretakers and Cleaners Union. No one has ever been charged with Ernie’s murder. More >>

Who is going to benefit from GDP growth?

Thursday, 20 March 2014, 12:07 pm | NZCTU

“Yes, there is growth in the economy, but the big question now is who will benefit from it”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. “The 0.9 percent growth in the three months to December 2013 was about what was expected, but we have yet to see the results ... More >>

Government committed to making life worse for workers

Wednesday, 19 March 2014, 1:30 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Workers in New Zealand will be one step closer to worse employment conditions and less employment rights when the Employment Relations Amendment Bill passes its second reading. The Bill is due to be debated today. More >>

Government committed to making life worse for workers

Wednesday, 19 March 2014, 1:26 pm | Council of Trade Unions

Workers in New Zealand will be one step closer to worse employment conditions and less employment rights when the Employment Relations Amendment Bill passes its second reading. The Bill is due to be debated today. More >>

Reasons for interest rate rise not convincing

Thursday, 13 March 2014, 10:12 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Reasons for interest rate rise not convincing “The Reserve Bank has not given a convincing case that general inflation is a big enough risk to raise interest rates”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. “In fact it seems to be pushing against higher ... More >>

Go slow on interest rate rises

Tuesday, 11 March 2014, 9:23 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

“The Reserve Bank should be very cautious about any increase in interest rates when considering its Official Cash Rate announcement on Thursday,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. “For many households, especially those on floating rate mortgages, ... More >>

Skill development for workers too weak

Wednesday, 5 March 2014, 12:10 pm | NZCTU

Tertiary Education Strategy: skill development for workers too weak The CTU believes that the Government’s Tertiary Education Strategy released today should have a stronger focus on supporting workers to develop skills that will provide more secure ... More >>

Charges should have proceeded

Thursday, 27 February 2014, 1:32 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

“All New Zealanders should be seriously concerned about how the Crown dealt with a letter from Peter Whittall’s lawyers some two months before he was discharged” CTU President Helen Kelly said today. More >>

Increase to minimum wage unfair

Monday, 24 February 2014, 4:15 pm | Council of Trade Unions

“The increase of the minimum wage to $14.25 is unfair given several years of stagnating wages, an economy that is starting to grow, and widespread concerns about how that growth will be shared”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. More >>

Government must not weaken Human Rights in NZ

Thursday, 13 February 2014, 11:12 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions has spoken out strongly against the proposed amendments to the Human Rights Act at the Justice and Electoral Select Committee today. “If these amendments are successful, then we will see the Government weaken human rights ... More >>

Recovery in unemployment and wages painfully slow

Wednesday, 5 February 2014, 12:46 pm | Council of Trade Unions

“Workers are missing out on a fair share in the economy as unemployment remains high and wages are stagnant”. CTU Economist, Bill Rosenberg says “It is disappointing that unemployment is still at 6.0 percent, or 147,000 people, given the growing economy. More >>

Reserve Bank shouldn't raise interest rate

Wednesday, 29 January 2014, 3:37 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

"It is important that interest rates are kept at no more than their current levels", says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. "Unemployment is still high despite signs of growth in the economy. Wages need to rise in real terms after years ... More >>

CTU welcomes launch of review into forestry safety

Wednesday, 29 January 2014, 2:25 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

CTU President Helen Kelly welcomes the appointment by Forest Owners, of the independent panel to conduct a major review into the appalling record of health and safety in the forestry industry. Helen Kelly says “we are encouraged that the industry is ... More >>

Investment in Skills Vital

Wednesday, 29 January 2014, 12:32 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions is calling for a renewed focus on opportunities for people to lift their skills. Appearing at the Education and Science Committee at Parliament in a submission on the Industry Training and Apprenticeships Amendment Bill, Peter ... More >>

Workplaces are safer with a trained health and safety rep

Tuesday, 14 January 2014, 12:40 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Peter Conway, CTU Secretary says that workplaces are safer with a trained health and safety representative, and that ACC funded health and safety representative training is hugely valued by both employees and employers and is a good investment towards ... More >>

Season’s Greetings and leave entitlements

Monday, 23 December 2013, 11:39 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Season’s Greetings and leave entitlements The CTU wishes everyone a safe and happy summer holiday, and wants to remind workers of their rights during the holiday season. Jeff Sissons CTU General Counsel said “while most workers will be hitting the beach ... More >>

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