Wednesday, 10 December 2008
Union Runanga acknowledges Maori Party stance on Fire at Will Bill
Te Runanga o Nga Kaimahi Maori
– CTU Runanga says there so many wrongs with rushing through the Fire at Will Bill, and acknowledges the Maori Party’s continued opposition to it.
International Human Rights Day a sinister choice to take away workers rights
“Choosing International Human Rights Day as the day to bring in new laws taking away New Zealanders rights to a fair hearing at work is an unfitting, sinister choice,” Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly said today.
Friday, 5 December 2008
CTU says no need for large ACC levy increases
The Council of Trade Unions says that the government should push out the deadline on the 1999 decision to fully fund the ACC scheme to 2019, instead of trying to meet all the costs by 2014.
Monday, 1 December 2008
CTU wants Government to re-jig tax cuts
The Council of Trade Unions
is calling on the incoming Government to re-jig their tax cut proposals to provide a more balanced package.
Monday, 24 November 2008
Bus company should end lock out
"Go Bus should immediately end its lockout and come back to the negotiating table,” Council of Trade Unions
president Helen Kelly said.
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
Memo to TVNZ: 6 Questions for John Key
The Council of Trade Unions has six questions it believes John Key should be asked in the TVNZ Leaders’ Debate tonight given the focus on jobs and the economy.
Monday, 3 November 2008
Wages rises needed in difficult times
Wage statistics out today show a modest rise, but the employment figures confirm that the number of jobs in the economy is shrinking, said Peter Conway, Council of Trade Unions Economist.
Tuesday, 28 October 2008
Letting private insurance loose on ACC is nonsense - CTU
“Letting the private insurance industry loose on workplace accident cover is utter nonsense, a point further highlighted by the recent problems in global financial markets,” said Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly, in welcoming Labour’s commitment today for a fully public ACC scheme.
Sunday, 26 October 2008
Labour policy good for workers
“Labour’s industrial relations policy release today hits all the rights spots both in terms of dealing with the immediate implications of the current economic crisis but also in building future workplaces that are smart and productive, and are decent and fair places to work,” Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly said today.
Saturday, 25 October 2008
CTU goes online with election campaign
The union movements Fairness at Work campaign has gone online, with the launch this week of the first of three election videos.
Thursday, 23 October 2008
CTU calls on National to abandon KiwiSaver Cuts
Council of Trade Unions President Helen Kelly is calling on the National Party to abandon their KiwiSaver cuts.
Tuesday, 21 October 2008
Aged care employers given the chance to step up
“The Government’s announcement of additional money for improving wages in the aged care sector will test the rhetoric of employers who claim wages need to rise, but who ran a legal challenge against the Government last time they made efforts to allow that to happen,” Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly said today.
Monday, 20 October 2008
Contractors press release shows need for New Zealand workforce strategy
An admission today from Rural Contractors New Zealand that the industry is discriminating against New Zealand workers strengthens the need for the development of a comprehensive workforce strategy in the horticulture and viticulture industry, Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly said today.
Thursday, 9 October 2008
National's KiwiSaver cuts double what is reported
"Further reading of Nationals economic management plan shows alongside Nationals plans to cut employer contributions to 2 per cent and abolish the employer tax credit, it will also cut the government contribution (member tax credit) to 2 per cent, leaving many workers earning under $52,000 much worse off."
Wednesday, 8 October 2008
Axing KiwiSaver to pay for tax cuts is not a serious economic plan
"The National Party tax policy does nothing to address New Zealand’s low wage problem and significantly discourages long term savings.
Tuesday, 7 October 2008
Unions mark World Day for Decent Work
Unions are marking World Day for Decent Work today with a call for employers to take the lead in guaranteeing labour hire workers the same pay and conditions as regular workers, ahead of legislation coming in requiring them to do so.
Thursday, 25 September 2008
CTU critical of hard-line bus company
The Council of Trade Unions
today criticised NZ Bus for implementing a complete lockout of all workers after just one hour of strike action.
Wednesday, 24 September 2008
Real National work rights policy revealed today
“Despite the softly softly rhetoric National leader John Key let the cat out of the bag today by confirming if National were elected the Employment Contracts Act mark II would be again foisted on workers,” Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly said today.
Wednesday, 17 September 2008
Greens vision for workplace of the future a positive one for workers
“The Greens vision for workplaces is a positive one for workers, and will build on their work in Parliament that is already making life better for working people,” Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly said today, following the release of the party’s industrial relations policy
Sunday, 14 September 2008
Union activists letting workers know whats at stake in 08
Unionists will be on the streets around the country tomorrow in a nationwide day of action handing out thousands of the Council of Trade Unions election leaflets, as part of the Fairness At Work Worth Voting For campaign.
Friday, 12 September 2008
THE UNIONIST: Election, cheaper doctor visits, wages and interest rates
In The Unionist this week: the election, cheaper doctor visits, wages and interest rates.
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Casual workers to be protected under new Bill
Casual workers will have greater protection under a Bill tabled yesterday in Parliament
, said Peter Conway, Council of Trade Unions
Monday, 8 September 2008
Wage Gap with Australia
“It is ironic to see John Key ask Labour to please explain the wage gap with Australia when in fact it blew out in the 1990s under a National-led Government,” Council of Trade Unions Economist Peter Conway said today.
Thursday, 4 September 2008
Breaks and breastfeeding bill welcome but what about the drivers?
The Council of Trade Unions has welcomed legislation passed yesterday guaranteeing minimum tea and lunch breaks, and provisions for women to breast feed at work, but is extremely concerned that meal breaks are being denied to truck and bus drivers following an amendment by New Zealand First.
Tuesday, 2 September 2008
Farmers need more commitment to workforce building
“Workforce shortage issues will continue in the rural sector unless farmers and growers start to develop long term strategies for growing their own workforces,” Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly said today.
ETS bill a good compromise - CTU
The CTU welcomes the progress being made in Parliament on the emissions trading scheme.
Friday, 29 August 2008
THE UNIONIST: Privatisation, Out At Work, Wage Drive, Aged Care petition
In 'The Unionist' this week: privatisation plans, Out @ Work, aged care petition, and more from the Work Rights Wage Drive.
Friday, 15 August 2008
THE UNIONIST: ACC, finance lending, work rights wage drive
In 'The Unionist' this week: where is the evidence for an Australian Compensation Corporation, bank workers call for overhaul of lending practices, and the Work Rights Wage Drive heads north.
Tuesday, 12 August 2008
National's Welfare Policy Old And Tired
"National's policy to get tough on beneficiaries is not only outdated and lacks respect, but it is an approach that undermines wages and has been spectacularly unsuccessful in the past and will be so again," Council of Trade Unions
president Helen Kelly said.
Wednesday, 6 August 2008
Fairness at work applies to young people too
The Council of Trade Unions has welcomed a new Bill aimed at giving children 15 years and under legal rights in employment, by requiring them to be employed, not contractors.