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Auckland Council’s Contracted Cleaners To Get Living Wage

Thursday, 30 July 2020, 5:21 pm | E Tu

Living Wage campaigners in Auckland are celebrating the news that Auckland Council has committed to paying a Living Wage to all its contracted cleaners in this council term. On July 30, Auckland Council passed its Emergency Budget, which included the ... More >>

Campaign For Mandatory Staff-to-resident Ratios In Aged Care Homes

Tuesday, 21 July 2020, 5:11 pm | E Tu

"Deliver safe staffing for our seniors" is the key message residents in rest homes and those working in the sector are urging the Government to commit to in the build-up to this year’s election. With the support of Grey Power, E tū ... More >>

Hunger Strike And Vigil At Parliament For Meaningful Climate Action

Wednesday, 15 July 2020, 6:52 am | E Tu

A hunger strike, led by father of three and environmental activist David Goldsmith, commenced Monday, July 13th, in front of Parliament and will continue for the next three weeks. It includes hunger strike participants and supporters holding vigil. ... More >>

Union Calls For Just Transition For Workers As Smelter To Close

Thursday, 9 July 2020, 3:26 pm | E Tu

E tū union is calling for a ‘Just Transition’ for workers in the wake of Rio Tinto’s announcement it will be closing its smelter at Tiwai Point. Around 1000 workers directly employed by the smelter will be affected, as well as at least a ... More >>

Vigil And Fasting Strike At Parliament For Meaningful Climate Action

Monday, 6 July 2020, 7:26 am | E Tu

A vigil will commence on Parliament lawn Monday, July 6th at 8am and continue indefinitely, led by father of three and environmental activist David Goldsmith. A fasting strike, led by David and several others will commence the following week on Monday, July ... More >>

Workers’ Voices Needed In Future Changes To PPE Management

Thursday, 18 June 2020, 4:37 am | E Tu

A union for care and support health workers says it is essential that workers’ voices are included in any changes to PPE provision during major health events in future. On Wednesday, the Auditor General released an overview looking at the management ... More >>

Living Wage Promise: Government Running Out Of Time

Monday, 15 June 2020, 10:19 am | E Tu

The Government are running out of time to honour their 2017 promise to pay the Living Wage to core government workers employed by contractors. All three Government parties made the commitment in the 2017 election campaign to “support and promote changing ... More >>

‘Brutal’ Proposed Job Cuts At Carter Holt Harvey

Friday, 5 June 2020, 6:23 pm | E Tu

Workers are devastated at a restructure proposal which could see more than two-thirds of their team made redundant at Carter Holt Harvey’s remaining Northland timber plant. In May, the company proposed to cut 68% of its production roles from 241 down ... More >>

Salaries Still Slashed As Fletchers Proposes To Axe Up To 1000 Kiwi Jobs

Wednesday, 20 May 2020, 3:25 pm | E Tu

Up to 1000 workers at Fletchers are facing possible redundancy, after having already been on reduced pay during lockdown. Since early April, workers have been on a 12-week pay reduction plan, which saw them receiving less than their normal weekly income ... More >>

Budget 2020 Supports Low-income Working Families

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 9:38 pm | E Tu

E tū is commending the Government for the support of low-income households and a just transition for workers in precarious employment in Budget 2020: Rebuilding Together. The Budget, which sees the Government spending $50bn across our economy, ... More >>

Aged Care Review “a Slap In The Face” For Excluded Workers

Saturday, 2 May 2020, 4:37 pm | E Tu

E tū members in aged care are appalled to learn that the Ministry of Health are charging on with a review into COVID-19 affected aged care facilities without participation from workers, their unions, or people who live in the residential aged care facilities ... More >>

NZ Steel Plant Closure A Blow For The Waiuku Community

Saturday, 2 May 2020, 6:58 am | E Tu

NZ Steel’s Pipe and Hollows Plant has told workers that they are undertaking a restructure which could see the end of their jobs at the plant for most workers. The 60 workers affected would have to be redeployed elsewhere, or face having no ... More >>

Our Opportunity To Rebuild Better

Saturday, 2 May 2020, 6:47 am | E Tu

Today E tū is launching the Rebuild Better campaign, in response to the COVID-19 crisis and recovery. E tū National Secretary Bill Newson says it’s all about having workers at the heart of our recovery. “The COVID-19 crisis has affected every worker ... More >>

Home Support Workers: Half Without Adequate PPE

Friday, 24 April 2020, 1:15 pm | E Tu

Half of New Zealand's home support workers lack adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), according to initial results from an E tū survey which opened yesterday afternoon. Home support worker Tarsh Dixon says the union launched the survey after the Government's ... More >>

Aged Care Funding “inadequate And Lacks Accountability”

Sunday, 19 April 2020, 12:40 pm | E Tu

Yesterday’s aged care funding boost announced to deal with COVID-19 will be a band aid solution unless safe staffing and comprehensive regulation are a part of the solution. It is unclear what outcomes the Ministry of Health expect from the ... More >>

E Tū Member Tells Phil Goff That Cleaners Are Worth 100%

Friday, 10 April 2020, 12:56 pm | E Tu

While directly employed non-essential Auckland Council staff are staying at home to save lives on 100% pay, some of their lowest paid colleagues are not so lucky. Malia Lagi, a cleaner at an Auckland Council recreation centre that is currently ... More >>

A Sad End For Virgin NZ

Saturday, 4 April 2020, 6:24 pm | E Tu

E tū members are hugely disappointed that Virgin Australia has decided to shut up shop in New Zealand quickly, bringing a tight knit workforce to an abrupt end. The company emailed staff last night, telling them a shutdown was effective immediately. ... More >>

Message To Fletchers – Don’t Cut Pay!

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 1:40 pm | E Tu

E tū members at Fletcher Building Ltd are not satisfied with the company’s announcement that they intend to cut pay by up to 70%, while top executives keep earning megabucks. Last night, the company sent a letter to all employees outlining their proposal which ... More >>

Workers Celebrate Minimum Wage Increase

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 1:05 pm | E Tu

About a quarter of a million Kiwi workers will get a much-needed pay rise today, as the Government’s scheduled minimum wage increase comes into effect. The minimum wage has gone up from $17.70 to $18.90 an hour, giving our lowest paid and often ... More >>

E Tū Tells Air NZ To ‘take A Breather’ And Delay Redundancies

Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 11:42 am | E Tu

E tū is not convinced that Air New Zealand need to lay off as many people as quickly as they have proposed. Last night, Air New Zealand told staff, including over 5,000 E tū members, that up to 3,500 people would lose their jobs in the next couple of ... More >>