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Victory For Council’s Contracted Cleaners As Living Wage Roll Out Begins

Thursday, 1 April 2021, 10:38 am | E Tu

E tū welcomes the news that the roll out of the Living Wage to contracted cleaners in the country’s largest city has now begun. From April 1, the first group of contacted cleaners at Auckland Council will now be paid at the current Living Wage rate of ... More >>

Commendable Increase To Minimum Wage But Further Rises Needed

Thursday, 1 April 2021, 7:56 am | E Tu

E tū welcomes the Government’s minimum wage rise and hopes its progression will continue to increase year-on-year to help lift more New Zealanders out of poverty wages. From 1 April, the minimum wage will rise to $20 per hour – an increase of ... More >>

Lifewise Under Fire Over Treatment Of Homecare Support Workers And Café Fundraising Drive

Thursday, 18 March 2021, 5:41 pm | E Tu

Homecare support workers employed by Lifewise – a church charity – are resorting to picketing yet again, as the organisation continues to refuse to negotiate liveable pay and better conditions, while also facing criticism over a recent fundraising ... More >>

One Step Closer To Matariki Holiday

Thursday, 4 February 2021, 4:04 pm | E Tu

Workers across the country are celebrating today as the Labour Government take a further step towards their pre-election commitment to make Matariki a public holiday. The Government have announced that the first Matariki public holiday will be on 24 ... More >>

Union Welcomes Border Workers Given Priority For COVID-19 Vaccine

Wednesday, 3 February 2021, 4:10 pm | E Tu

E tū supports the Government’s commitment ensuring that border workers and their families are prioritised in the roll-out of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said workers such as cleaners, nurses who undertake health checks ... More >>

E Tū Lifewise Members Left On The Hook As Employer Pursues Lockout

Tuesday, 2 February 2021, 6:36 pm | E Tu

E tū Lifewise members are still battling to see a lockout taken off the table as their employer keeps them on the hook by withdrawing its lockout notices and then issuing new ones, causing stress and hardship to all involved. Their employer, Lifewise, ... More >>

Lockout Threat: Lifewise Homecare Support Workers Won’t Give Up

Sunday, 24 January 2021, 2:23 pm | E Tu

E tū Lifewise homecare members have been taking strike and picket action since December 2020 for basic improvements in their working conditions. Members are asking for increased sick and bereavement leave, a collective agreement, and more guaranteed ... More >>

E Tū Condemns Arrests Of Hong Kong Democracy Activists

Friday, 8 January 2021, 2:06 pm | E Tu

E tū has joined New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs Minister , global unions and others in condemning the arrest this week of over 50 prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activists. Among those arrested was aviation worker Carol Ng, the chair of the Hong Kong Council ... More >>

Lifewise Homecare Workers: Still Striking For Better Conditions And Pay

Friday, 18 December 2020, 6:15 am | E Tu

Home support workers are hoping their strike action on Friday will lead to positive change in conditions and culture for both support workers and their clients at their Auckland-based provider Lifewise. Last year, the organisation agreed to increase ... More >>

Lifewise Workers Strike For Fair Hours And Sick Leave

Monday, 14 December 2020, 6:11 am | E Tu

Workers at an Auckland home support provider will be striking this week, after talks to establish their first-ever collective agreement have failed. On Monday, Lifewise workers will strike for certainty of hours, more sick leave, and respect from their ... More >>

Sick Leave Extension Needed Now

Tuesday, 1 December 2020, 1:57 pm | E Tu

E tū is calling on the Government to bring forward their plans to double the minimum sick leave entitlement, after yesterday’s announcement that the change will likely be in place in mid-2021. E tū members have been campaigning to increase the minimum ... More >>

NZ Government Needs To Mandate Staffing Ratios Like Australian States

Thursday, 26 November 2020, 11:51 am | E Tu

E tū is calling on the New Zealand Government to follow the example of Victoria’s Labour Government and recognise the need for minimum staff-to-resident ratios in private aged care homes. On Tuesday, the Victorian Government announced it would ... More >>

E Tū Welcomes Commitment To ‘Just Transition’ For Tiwai Workers

Tuesday, 29 September 2020, 3:54 pm | E Tu

E tū says Labour’s just transition approach will give workers and communities in Southland confidence to plan for a future with good jobs to replace those at the Tiwai Point smelter. On Monday, the Labour Party announced its commitment to keeping ... More >>

Kiwi Workers Celebrate Labour’s New Workplace Policies

Saturday, 19 September 2020, 10:49 am | E Tu

The Labour Party’s Workplace Relations and Safety policy release today will see workers across the country being much better off. Policies announced include doubling minimum sick leave entitlements, continued minimum wage increases, implementing Fair ... More >>

Labour’s Living Wage Policy “Real Victory” For Low Wage Workers

Saturday, 12 September 2020, 8:26 pm | E Tu

E tū congratulates the Labour Party for saying yes to a Living Wage for all contracted workers in government. The Government currently pays the Living Wage to all workers in the public service. However, the new policy would see contractors, such as cleaners, ... More >>

Labour’s Tax Policy: “It’s About Time!”

Wednesday, 9 September 2020, 12:31 pm | E Tu

E tū congratulates the Labour Party for their tax policy, which will see the top two percent of income earners and multinational corporations paying a fairer share. A new top tax of 39% will kick in for every dollar earnt over $180,000, and the party ... More >>

Promise Of New Matariki Public Holiday Welcomed

Monday, 7 September 2020, 5:45 pm | E Tu

E tū welcomes the Labour Party’s announcement to make a new public holiday in celebration of Matariki, the Māori New Year. Official celebrations of Matariki would begin in 2022, to allow the party time to develop the necessary resources and organise ... More >>

Proposed Redundancies At NZ Steel Will Harm Local And National Economy, Union Says

Friday, 4 September 2020, 5:26 pm | E Tu

Buying local and supporting local businesses is more important than ever, E tū says, in the wake of up to 200 redundancies proposed by BlueScope Steel. On Thursday, the Australian-owned company who has New Zealand’s NZ Steel in Glenbrook and Pacific ... More >>

Promoting Inclusion And Equality For All Union Members

Wednesday, 2 September 2020, 10:33 am | E Tu

E tū and its Komiti Pasifika group is calling on all members and their communities to come together in the wake of the latest COVID-19 lockdown. Workers need to know that they should be able to get a test without being disadvantaged at work or having ... More >>

Government ‘Walking The Talk’ On The Living Wage For New MIQ Guards

Wednesday, 19 August 2020, 5:41 pm | E Tu

E tū is pleased with the Prime Minister’s announcement today that the Government is looking to directly employ any new security guards needed at managed isolation and quarantine facilities and guards will be paid at least the Living Wage. Security ... More >>