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Safer Sick Leave Starts

Friday, 23 July 2021, 8:38 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Working people are celebrating paid sick leave increasing from 5 to 10 days effective from Saturday 24 July 2021. CTU President Richard Wagstaff is encouraging working people to ensure they are getting their entitlement. "Working people successfully ... More >>

Union Report On Gig Work Released

Wednesday, 14 July 2021, 9:09 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions is welcoming today’s release of First Unions report: Gig Work in Aotearoa . The report delves into the experiences and difficulties faced by gig workers like rideshare and food delivery drivers and considers international ... More >>

Unions Welcome Greens’ Call For More Action To Reduce Emissions

Wednesday, 7 July 2021, 2:39 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions is agreeing with Greens co-leader James Shaw who gave a speech this afternoon outlining what is needed in the Emissions Reduction Plan. "Working people couldn’t agree more that we need a Just Transition. A Just ... More >>

NZ Needs To Sign Up To International Law Making Workplaces Free From Violence And Harassment

Thursday, 24 June 2021, 9:27 am | Council of Trade Unions

A new international law to keep workplaces free from violence and harassment comes into effect on Friday 25 June. "The International Labour Organisation (an agency of the United Nations) adopted the Violence and Harassment Convention , 2019 (190) ... More >>

Climate Change Commission Report - Action On Climate Change Now Urgent

Wednesday, 9 June 2021, 2:35 pm | Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions has today welcomed the release of the report of the Climate Change Commission Ināia tonu nei : a low emissions future for Aotearoa . The report shows that action is needed now to reduce the impact of climate change ... More >>

Union Movement Supports Nurses' Strike

Tuesday, 8 June 2021, 1:48 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions, on behalf of all affliated unions, is supporting the 30,000 members of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation who will stop work tomorrow and take industrial action for eight hours to amplify their need for better pay and ... More >>

Employment Court Ruling - Significant Acknowledgement Of Care As Work

Thursday, 27 May 2021, 12:09 pm | Council of Trade Unions

Yesterday’s ruling by the Employment Court found that the mother, Ms Fleming, of a severely disabled adult son with high care needs, is a homeworker and the Ministry of Health is her employer and therefore is entitled to be paid for hours worked caring. ... More >>

Social Insurance Could Make A Huge Difference In Aotearoa

Thursday, 20 May 2021, 5:04 pm | CTU

The CTU warmly welcomes the government announcement to explore a social unemployment insurance scheme. The CTU, together with Government and Business New Zealand, have already been looking at possible ways to support workers through change in the Future ... More >>

Support For The Wellington Bus Drivers

Thursday, 20 May 2021, 4:07 pm | CTU

The President of the Council of Trade Unions supports Wellington bus drivers who have voted today to reject their employers offer. "NZ Bus thought it could get drivers to agree to a buy out of their terms and conditions through a lump sum payment. ... More >>

2021 Budget: CTU Welcomes Progress, But More Needed To Address The Challenges Of Building Back Better

Thursday, 20 May 2021, 2:28 pm | Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions welcomes the Government’s investments in 2021 Budget released today. "We particularly welcome the spending on improving income support which will reduce all poverty including child poverty. However, the Budget should ... More >>

Safer Sick Leave A Reality

Thursday, 20 May 2021, 9:09 am | Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions is delighted that the Labour Government has passed law lifting the minimum number days of paid sick leave to 10 days. "Working people campaigned for this improvement to sick leave. COVID really showed us how important ... More >>

CTU Public Service Unions Meet With Public Service Minister

Tuesday, 11 May 2021, 2:55 pm | Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions and affiliated public service unions, met with the Minister for the Public Service Hon Chris Hipkins this afternoon to discuss the pay expectations of those working in our public services. CTU President Richard Wagstaff said it was ... More >>

Fair Pay Agreements - Set To Deliver On Real Fairness At Work

Friday, 7 May 2021, 12:53 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions says the future for working New Zealanders looks much brighter thanks to today’s announcement that Fair Pay Agreements are much closer to becoming a reality. The announcement was made by the Minister of Workplace Relations ... More >>

Unemployment Statistics - COVID-19 Recovery Still Uneven

Wednesday, 5 May 2021, 11:45 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions is concerned that working people are continuing to bear the costs of the COVID-19 crisis. "Today’s figures from Statistics New Zealand show that 54% of all working people did not receive a pay increase in the last year. ... More >>

Myanmar Community & Unions Join For Auckland May Day Rally

Friday, 30 April 2021, 10:57 am | Council of Trade Unions

Unions will join with the local Myanmar community in a show of solidarity for the popular movement for democracy in Myanmar. A military coup on 1 February 2021 deposed the elected government and has led to massive public opposition. The military response ... More >>

Workers’ Memorial Day

Tuesday, 27 April 2021, 3:27 pm | Council of Trade Unions

On April 28th, Workers' Memorial Day, working people all around the world remember those killed at work. CTU President Richard Wagstaff wants to see more done to ensure that everyone is able to return home safe and well at the end of their working day. ... More >>

Employment Court Finds In Bus Drivers Favour & Grants Injunction Against Lockout

Saturday, 24 April 2021, 4:26 pm | CTU

The Employment Court has forced NZ Bus to stop its ruthless tactics and allow drivers back on the job. "This decision is a huge relief for bus drivers who have been on the receiving end of an indefinite lockout and who faced the prospect of no income ... More >>

Union Seeks Injunction Against Unlawful Lockout By NZ Bus

Saturday, 24 April 2021, 5:02 am | Council of Trade Unions

The Tramways Union has filed proceedings in the Employment Court seeking an urgent injunction against NZ Bus for putting in place an unlawful indefinite lockout against Wellington bus drivers. This is in response to NZ Bus notifying Wellington bus drivers ... More >>

Bus Drivers Indefinitely Locked-out By Employer

Thursday, 22 April 2021, 5:22 pm | Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions is shocked and appalled by the behaviour of NZ Bus, owned by Next Capital, which has today issued lock-out notices to Wellington Bus drivers for an indefinite period. CTU President Richard Wagstaff said, "this ... More >>

Inflation Data Disguises Continued Higher Cost Of Living For The Poorest

Wednesday, 21 April 2021, 11:55 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions is concerned that today's consumer price index (CPI) data shows that for the poorest New Zealanders the cost of living continues to rise well ahead of the official headline increase rate of 1.5%. CTU Economist Craig Renney ... More >>