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Rest Home Strike Continues: “Our Employer’s Not Listening”

Saturday, 30 October 2021, 7:24 am | E Tu

Workers at the sole rest home in a rural Northland town are striking again over proposed pay cuts to their allowances and other problematic clauses in their new collective agreement. Members at Claud Switzer Rest Home in Kaitaia have been in ... More >>

Emissions Reduction Plan – Workers Need A Just Transition

Wednesday, 13 October 2021, 1:01 pm | E Tu

With the release of the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan consultation document today, workers need assurance there will be a Just Transition that puts their communities at the forefront. Sam Huggard, Strategic researcher for E tū, Aotearoa’s largest ... More >>

Appointment Of Veteran Unionist To Air NZ Board “positive Sign”

Tuesday, 20 July 2021, 4:36 pm | E Tu

E tū, the largest union in Aotearoa New Zealand for aviation workers, welcomes Air New Zealand’s move to include a union voice in their latest round of board appointments. The airline has appointed three new directors to its board, including ... More >>

School Cleaners Beg Management To Step In And Reverse Inevitable Redundancies

Monday, 28 June 2021, 9:07 am | E Tu

A group of essential workers at a South Auckland primary school are now struggling with their future after learning that they face redundancy from a job they’ve given their all to. Around two weeks ago, the four contracted cleaners at Finlayson Park ... More >>

Commission Lays Foundation For Necessary Just Transition

Wednesday, 9 June 2021, 5:38 pm | E Tu

E tū welcomes the latest Climate Change Commission, He Pou a Rangi, report to the Government as it lays firm foundations for a Just Transition to a low-carbon economy. Ināia tonu nei: a low emissions future for Aotearoa sets out a policy direction ... More >>

Essential Migrant Support Workers Relieved Visa Shock Reversed

Tuesday, 25 May 2021, 4:13 pm | E Tu

Hundreds of essential skilled migrant workers in the aged care and disability support sectors are relieved they can go back to work without the fear of being stood down, now that their lesser-paid ‘sleepover’ or overnight shifts will no longer count ... More >>

Weeks Of Uncertainty Ahead For Kawerau Mill Workers

Thursday, 20 May 2021, 6:10 pm | E Tu

Workers at Kawerau’s pulp and paper mill are facing weeks of uncertainty as their employer, Norske Skog, have commenced with a consultation process about the future of the mill, including potential closure. More than 150 workers, including 30 E tū ... More >>

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 >>