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Global unions applaud NZ ‘slave ships’ progress

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:34:53 +1200 | Joint Press Release

Global unions the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) and IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) today applauded the steps forward made in preventing often shocking abuse of crews on fishing vessels in New Zealand ...More >>

Families before commerce at Easter

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:19:55 +1200 | First Union

Families before commerce at Easter The retail workers’ union has hit back at critics of New Zealand's modest Easter trading restrictions. "Some things are more important than going to the mall, and for just three and a half days each year we put community ...More >>

Businesses need to respect workers this Easter

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:46:40 +1200 | Green Party

Businesses need to respect workers this Easter Businesses intent on flouting Easter shopping laws should face stiff penalties, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today. This Easter, at least one major garden centre chain intends ...More >>

Easter trading laws archaic, in need of overhaul

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:45:06 +1200 | ACT New Zealand

Press release: ACT New Zealand Easter trading laws are outdated and in need of a major overhaul, said ACT leader Jamie Whyte today. More >>

Change of approach to government procurement needed

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:29:46 +1200 | Rail And Maritime Transport Union

The rail engineering industry has been totally let down by National’s lack of manufacturing policy, and Labour’s measures outlined today represent a marked shift in approach to supporting domestic industries, the RMTU said today.More >>

Government claims on student support hopelessly misleading

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:55:28 +1200 | NZUSA

Students are slamming the “hopelessly misleading and untrue” claims by Government Ministers that their “cracking down” on overseas based-borrowers is either successful or has led to “increased support for current students”.More >>

Labour takes manufacturing seriously

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:21:27 +1200 | EPMU

Labour takes manufacturing seriously Manufacturing workers and employers will all benefit from economic policies announced today by the Labour Party leader, David Cunliffe. The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union has welcomed the announcement ...More >>

Manufacturing policy welcomed

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:19:46 +1200 | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

“Today’s announcement of Labour’s manufacturing policy is very welcome,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. “Just as many other developed countries are realising, having a strong manufacturing sector pays off in good jobs, retaining ...More >>

At Last: A Manufacturing Policy

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:24:34 +1200 | First Union

At Last: A Manufacturing Policy FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and textile manufacturing sectors. “In a week that has seen another manufacturing company, ...More >>

Students Welcome Engagement with StudyLink

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:12:16 +1200 | NZUSA

The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has welcomed the improved performance from StudyLink in 2014. There is no doubt that getting their loans and allowances processed on time makes it easier for students to concentrate on being ...More >>

The FCV Bill – Flagging 30 years of failures?

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:33:49 +1200 | Slave Free Seas

Paying seafarers at least a minimum wage under the Minimum Wage Act 1983 has applied to the New Zealand fishing industry for more than 30 years. It was, and is, a basic protection which had two universals – it was universally accepted by the fishing ...More >>

Novopay a clear winner in this year’s Roger Awards

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:27:03 +1200 | NZEI Te Riu Roa

Talent2, the company that bought us Novopay, is a deserving winner of the People’s Choice Award in the 2013 Roger Awards for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand.More >>

Tougher approach needed for safety of rail staff

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:49:16 +1200 | Rail And Maritime Transport Union

Assaults on rail operating staff and Maori Wardens over the weekend have prompted calls for much better safety measures on Auckland’s rail network. More >>

"Rock star economy’ throws hospital staff out the window

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:26:48 +1200 | PSA

The Public Service Association says administrative staff at hospitals around the country are missing out on Bill English’s ‘rock star economy’, with the Government instructing pay rises be limited to just 0.7%.More >>

Agreement takes MLC into new stage

Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:42:42 +1200 | ITF

The ITF has praised today’s decision at the ILO (International Labour Organization) in Geneva today to build on the success of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 by including in it new mechanisms to tackle crew abandonment. Over 300 maritime representatives ...More >>

85 more jobs killed by the NZ dollar

Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:23:23 +1200 | First Union

85 more jobs killed by the NZ dollar - Christchurch textile firm in receivership News that the high New Zealand dollar has claimed another textile firm has come as a huge shock to those affected, FIRST Union said today. Staff at Christchurch Yarns ...More >>

Trade unions call on IFIs to act on anti-inequality rhetoric

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:11:52 +1200 | International Trade Union Confederation

A statement issued today by the ITUC and its Global Unions partner organisations in advance of this weekend’s Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank (Washington, 11-13 April) calls on the international financial institutions (IFIs) to take concrete ...More >>

Moroccan government must learn from trade union mobilisation

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:13:39 +1200 | International Trade Union Confederation

Following the peaceful march held by the united trade union front UMT-CDT-FDT in Casablanca on Sunday 6 April, the ITUC has urged the Moroccan government to delay no further in listening to the workers' message.More >>

Private PostShops threaten customer service and workers’ pay

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:21:34 +1200 | EPMU

The Government’s decision to rush through changes to New Zealand Post’s Deed of Understanding has opened the door to privatisation and job cuts, says the union for postal workers. New Zealand Post yesterday signalled their intent to begin looking ...More >>

The facts about public service numbers

Wed, 9 Apr 2014 13:42:46 +1200 | New Zealand Government

State Services Minister Jonathan Coleman says there are fewer back office staff in the public service than in 2008. “Under the previous Labour Government numbers in the core public service drastically escalated without any improvement in public ...More >>


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