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Winston Peters and Northland workers

Sun, 29 Mar 2015 22:59:15 +1300 | Don Franks

Yes, it will be nice to see the smirk wiped off John Key's face if, as seems likely, Winston Peters wins tomorrow's Northland by election. More >>

Manukau Institute of Technology appoints wrong councillor

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:32:10 +1300 | Manukau Institute of Technology

Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) should not be appointing a council member who works for a competing private provider, says TEU national president Sandra Grey. More >>

Latin American & Caribbean offshore taskforce group launched

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:44:00 +1300 | ITF

Latin American & Caribbean offshore taskforce group launched to fight for offshore workers’ rights in the region More >>

Government signs another under-the-radar treaty

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:37:21 +1300 | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

The Government has signed another trade treaty that will affect health in New Zealand. The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is concerned that New Zealanders have had no say at all on the content of the Government Procurement Agreement deal, and ...More >>

Orora workers to take industrial action from Monday

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:11:18 +1300 | EPMU

240 workers at Orora Kiwi Packaging in Auckland, Hastings and Christchurch will begin a two-week overtime ban on Monday, after mediation with their employer did not resolve their bargaining issues yesterday.More >>

Minister to attend fifth annual ISTP

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:59:03 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata will be departing for Canada today to attend the fifth International Summit on the Teaching Profession (ISTP) accompanied by teachers, professionals and union leaders.More >>

Nurses welcome new Director General of Health

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:24:54 +1300 | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) warmly welcomes Chai Chuah to his new role as Chief Executive and Director-General of the Ministry of Health. More >>

Court Orders Wizz Air To Reinstate Dismissed Union Leader

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:05:05 +1300 | ITF

The European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF) and the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) today welcomed the decision of Romania’s Ilfov court to order the reinstatement of an unfairly dismissed trade union leader. The court ...More >>

Some good changes but who is going to enforce them?

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:06:36 +1300 | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

“The package of changes to minimum employment standards is a good start but doesn’t address the elephant in the room” says CTU Secretary Sam Huggard. More >>

Government closes door on local businesses

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:27:06 +1300 | Rail And Maritime Transport Union

New Zealanders will not get a say on the government’s decision to ratify an international agreement which removes the right to protect local jobs, says Rail and Maritime Transport Union General Secretary Wayne Butson.More >>

Public submissions refused on Government Procurement deal

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:12:09 +1300 | Council of Trade Unions

“Parliament has refused to hear public submissions on an international agreement the Government has signed that locks in future rules for government purchasing,” says CTU Secretary, Sam Huggard. “This should have been the one and only opportunity ...More >>

Cotton On Group will maintain paid tea breaks

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:24:47 +1300 | Cotton On Group

In response to recent comments made by First Union NZ, the Cotton On Group would like to make it clear that no changes have been made to our workers' rights in any of our distribution centres. Negotiations are currently in place between the Cotton ...More >>

Cotton On first to test the tea breaks law

Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:41:35 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

Australian corporate Cotton On, the first major business operating in New Zealand to exploit the new tea breaks law, could walk away from negotiations if it doesn’t get its own way, says Labour Party Labour Relations spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway.More >>

First use of the “tea break” law revealed

Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:02:28 +1300 | First Union

Cotton On, the Australian retail chain with over 80 stores in New Zealand, has become one of the first companies to try and take advantage of the new “tea break” law says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid. “Last year the government removed ...More >>

Historic sawmill to close in Mamaku

Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:00:11 +1300 | EPMU

Historic sawmill to close in Mamaku One of the oldest sawmills in New Zealand will close at the end of the month, at a cost of 25 jobs and potentially more in the local community. Mamaku Sawmill is the last operating mill in the area, which was once ...More >>

240 Orora workers take industrial action

Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:30:15 +1300 | EPMU

Workers at Orora Kiwi Packaging in Auckland, Hastings and Christchurch have voted to take a two-week overtime ban after collective bargaining with their employer broke down. The ban could threaten the supply of boxes for the kiwifruit, wine and meat ...More >>

ITUC condemins Tunisia terror attack

Fri, 20 Mar 2015 15:40:26 +1300 | ITUC

Brussels, 19 March 2015 (ITUC OnLine): The ITUC has condemned yesterday’s barbaric terrorist attack in Tunis, which cost the lives of 19 people and left many more injured, and expressed its deepest condolences to all those affected.More >>

Workers take a stand at Pak'n Save Rotorua

Fri, 20 Mar 2015 11:11:17 +1300 | First Union

Workers will hit the picket line after FIRST Union members at Pak'n Save Rotorua unanimously endorsed a call for action says FIRST Union senior organiser Bill Bradford. The demonstration against bullying and intimidation will take place outside Pak'n ...More >>

100,000 Layoffs and Counting: Is this the New Normal?

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:29:39 +1300 |

This time a year ago, the oil industry's biggest problem was finding a way to deal with the " retirement tsunami " about to crash down on it as older oilfield workers hung up their cork boots to enjoy freedom-55. Now, with oil prices still ...More >>

Economy growing – but who’s getting it?

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:56:19 +1300 | Council of Trade Unions

“Who’s benefiting from the growth in the economy? This is an important question after another three months of GDP statistics showing economic growth getting closer to the levels in the 2000s before the Global Financial Crisis,” says CTU Economist ...More >>


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