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Child Poverty Data Shows Govt Must Take Action

Thursday, 22 February 2024, 12:11 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff is calling on the Government to take action on poverty and the cost of living, in response to new data released today showing an increase in child poverty rates. The number of children living in poverty increased ... More >>

NZCTU Statement On Fa’anānā Efeso Collins

Wednesday, 21 February 2024, 10:56 am | NZCTU

The union movement is sending its love and condolences to the family of Fa’anānā Efeso Collins, said NZCTU President, Richard Wagstaff, today. “We are heartbroken for Efeso’s whānau, friends and community,” said Wagstaff. “This news is devastating. ... More >>

Productivity Commission Report Shows Need For Income Insurance At Redundancy

Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 11:53 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Productivity Commission report released today on the impact that redundancy has on New Zealand workers shows the need for the protection that income insurance provides, said CTU President Richard Wagstaff The report, using a detailed study ... More >>

Govt’s Failure To Fund New Interislander Ferries Example Of Short-term Thinking

Wednesday, 14 February 2024, 3:39 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The decision to not fund the purchase of new Interislander ferries shows the Minister of Finance is out of her depth, said NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff. “The failure to adequately fund the purchase of the new ferries is an example of this Government’s ... More >>

Govt Must Deliver Increases To Minimum Wage That Keep Up With Inflation

Wednesday, 14 February 2024, 1:07 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff is calling on the Government to deliver minimum wage increases that keep up with rising costs, in response to new inflation data released by Stats NZ today. The data shows that food and housing prices have risen ... More >>

Government’s Policies Will Make It Harder For Unemployed Workers

Thursday, 8 February 2024, 9:45 am | NZCTU

NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff is concerned that the Government’s welfare and employment policies will make it harder for people who lose their jobs, following the release of new employment data. The data shows that unemployment rose for the ... More >>

Minimum Wage Decision A Signal Of What This Government Really Thinks About Workers

Thursday, 1 February 2024, 3:10 pm | Council of Trade Unions

The decision today by the Government to cut the minimum wage in real terms is a sign of what they think about workers, said CTU Economist Craig Renney. “All New Zealand workers have the right to a liveable income to support their families – ... More >>

NZCTU Calls On The Government To Protect Frontline Public Services

Tuesday, 30 January 2024, 11:15 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

NZCTU Economist Craig Renney is calling on Finance Minister Hon. Nicola Willis to scrap her plan to cut frontline services after she acknowledged today that this is likely to happen. “In September last year, the CTU showed the areas that were at ... More >>

NZCTU Disappointed With Disestablishment Of Regional Skills Leadership Groups

Friday, 26 January 2024, 10:30 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff said he was disappointed in the Government’s short-sighted decision to shut down the Regional Skills Leadership Groups (RSLGs), saying it is further evidence of the Government’s lack of a strategy when it comes ... More >>

Govt Must Ban Engineered Stone To Protect Workers’ Health

Thursday, 25 January 2024, 10:35 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions Te Kauae Kaimahi is once again advancing its call for a total ban on engineered stone in Aotearoa New Zealand. They are urging Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden to listen to unions, academics, industry ... More >>

Inflation Data Slows – Slowing Data Shows Need For Continuing Support For Families

Wednesday, 24 January 2024, 1:30 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Information released today by Statistics New Zealand showed that the cost of living increased by 4.7% last year, said CTU Economist Craig Renney. “This new data should reinforce the need for Government to support middle and low income families who have ... More >>

Working People Fear For Their Future And New Zealand’s

Wednesday, 17 January 2024, 11:44 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The sixth annual CTU Mood of the Workforce survey shows working people are very worried about their incomes and rights under the new Government and fear the country becoming more economically and racially divided. Figures from the survey, which gathered ... More >>

Mini-Budget Begs Too Many Questions

Wednesday, 20 December 2023, 1:38 pm | NZCTU

The mini-Budget released by the Coalition Government today leaves many questions unanswered, said CTU Economist Craig Renney. “Despite calling for clarity on existing spending, the mini-Budget today does not provide any analysis of the tax cut or spending ... More >>

Government Again Ignores Advice To Attack Protections For Workers – 90-day Trials Extended

Wednesday, 20 December 2023, 12:23 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Law change simply extends the exploitation All new workers will soon to be vulnerable to being fired at will with no reason following the Government’s reckless haste to pass under urgency an extension to 90-day trials to all businesses. The Employment ... More >>

Minimum Wage Decision Early Test For New Government

Monday, 18 December 2023, 2:39 pm | NZCTU

By convention, Cabinet would normally decide how much it will increase the Minimum Wage at Cabinet today. “This will be an early test for this government, providing another another telling insight into the importance it places on supporting working ... More >>

Cutting Ferry Investment To Subsidise Property Speculators Is Economic Sabotage

Monday, 18 December 2023, 1:06 pm | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

New analysis from the CTU shows the cost of the Government’s tax cuts for landlords will be many times more than the investment required for the much-needed Cook Strait ferry upgrade. This shows the Government making a clear choice to back unproductive ... More >>

GDP Numbers Provide Reasons For Investment, Not Cuts

Thursday, 14 December 2023, 12:22 pm | NZCTU

GDP numbers provided by Stats NZ today demonstrated that the size of the economy fell by 0.3% in September 2023. NZCTU Economist Craig Renney said “this data is much weaker than had been expected by commentators, and should give decision-makers ... More >>

Government ‘Off To Horrific Start’ Says Unions

Thursday, 14 December 2023, 10:40 am | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions says a dark cloud has descended on New Zealand as the Fair Pay Agreement legislation begun to be repealed under urgency. NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff said the move is going to hurt hundreds of thousands of New Zealand’s ... More >>

FPA Repeal Contravenes EU Free Trade Agreement, Says NZCTU

Tuesday, 12 December 2023, 2:45 pm | NZCTU

New Zealand’s recently signed Free Trade Agreement with the European Union threatens to derail the coalition Government’s aspirations to remove the Fair Pay Agreements by Christmas, said the NZ Council of Trade Unions NZCTU President Richard ... More >>

Te Pūkenga Disestablishment Reveals Government’s Lack Of Plan

Thursday, 7 December 2023, 3:01 pm | NZCTU

The announced disestablishment of Te Pūkenga shows the Government has no plan for vocational education, says the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions. NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff said he was deeply concerned about the impact that another change ... More >>





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