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An open letter to all students: Students Matter

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:40:56 +1200 | NZ Union of Students' Associations

Students have a critical role to play in the outcome of the General Election. There are 417,516 students in New Zealand and we make up 14% of the total number of voters. We have the collective power to decide who is leading the next Government. Every ...More >>

Govt rushes to open charter schools in New Year

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:03:18 +1200 | NZEI

The government’s decision to approve four new charter schools last week to open in January next year goes against the Minister of Education’s own advice that the schools ought to have at least a year’s preparation time.More >>

Proposed closure of VUW Māori business programme

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:38:30 +1200 | Tertiary Education Union

The Victoria Business School at Victoria University of Wellington has proposed closing the Māori Business programme, with a likely loss of two Senior Lecturer positions, and significant implications for the school and faculty as a whole.More >>

New national secretary announced

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:22:22 +1200 | Public Service Association

The PSA is pleased to announce the appointment of Erin Polaczuk to the role of national secretary. More >>

Hundreds of Students Turn Out for Political Debate

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:37:10 +1200 | Victoria University of Wellington

With only a few days left before the general election, over 500 Victoria students packed the central Hub space on campus today to listen to a political debate on student issues organised by the Students’ Association. Victoria University of Wellington ...More >>

National’s economic strategy attack workers' rights

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:26:14 +1200 | First Union

The National Party’s ‘Workplaces’ policy confirms that their economic growth strategy relies on attacks on workers rights, according to FIRST Union. More >>

CTU supports Pike families’ application for judicial review

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:24:51 +1200 | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions is supporting the application filed by two of the Pike families to review the decision not to continue the prosecution against Pike River Mine CEO Peter Whittall.More >>

National bows to union pressure over travel time

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:11:46 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

National has reluctantly bowed to pressure from unions and adopted Labour’s fair and sensible policy to pay home support workers for the time they spend traveling between clients, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says.More >>

Students Congratulate Internet MANA on Free Tertiary Policy

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:45:58 +1200 | NZ Union of Students' Associations

The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has welcomed today’s launch of the Internet MANA Party’s tertiary education, with the restoration of free education and universal access to liveable allowances at its core.More >>

Government gets arrogant and reckless over charter schools

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:56:09 +1200 | NZEI Te Riu Roa

NZEI Te Riu Roa National President Judith Nowotarski says she’s flabbergasted that the government is throwing more money at its woeful charter school experiment a week before the election and just days after revelations of mismanagement at a charter ...More >>

New charter schools irresponsible

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:54:56 +1200 | PPTA

By approving four new charter schools the government is being reckless with public money and careless with our kids. More >>

Security guards - Minimum wage and no equipment

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:28:39 +1200 | Unite Union

The recent murderous attack on WINZ staff in Ashburton a has resulted in the beefing up of the presence of security guards at WINZ offices across the country. More >>

Outlook: lack of wage growth & unemployment above 5%

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:23:21 +1200 | Council of Trade Unions

“The Reserve Bank’s forecasts show an economy that offers little hope of fair wage increases and falls in unemployment to pre-GFC levels under current policies,” says CTU Economist, Bill Rosenberg. “It says wage growth is ‘subdued’ and held ...More >>

Protest - amendment needs to be made for the 7 EFTS policy

Tue, 9 Sep 2014 17:32:49 +1200 | Auckland University Medical Student Association

Medical students from the University of Auckland will be found on the 11th September on Queen Street, Auckland at 12.30pm raising awareness to try to push from an amendment to be made of the 7 EFTS policy. More >>

Greens’ special needs education plans will benefit children

Tue, 9 Sep 2014 13:59:04 +1200 | NZEI Te Riu Roa

The Green Party’s plans to provide more support for children with special needs targets education investment to where its needed, says NZEI Te Riu Roa National President Judith Nowotarski.More >>

Statistics NZ staff to strike

Mon, 8 Sep 2014 13:55:49 +1200 | Public Service Association

Staff at Statistics NZ offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch will be taking a full day of strike action, including a two hour rally, in support of their demand for a pay system that is clear, fair and negotiated, after a breakdown in collective ...More >>

Labours Jobs & Skills policy; what Kiwi workers need

Thu, 4 Sep 2014 11:45:03 +1200 | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The union movement is supporting the Jobs and Skills policy the Labour Party have launched today. “We welcome this committed plan to ensure more jobs and better wages for Kiwis”. CTU President, Helen Kelly, said. “To get unemployment down ...More >>

Forestry safety must be taken seriously

Wed, 3 Sep 2014 16:24:53 +1200 | First Union

News that Police have arrested and charged a man with manslaughter over the death of 20-year old Lincoln Kidd shows that forestry safety must be taken seriously, according to FIRST Union. “Lincoln’s tragic death was one of ten lives claimed by this ...More >>

Police arrest and charge over death of forestry worker

Wed, 3 Sep 2014 14:35:47 +1200 | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Today Levin Police have arrested and charged a man with manslaughter in relation to the death of Lincoln Kidd. Lincoln was killed when a tree was felled on him during a tree felling operation on 19 December 2013. More >>

Students Set to Impact on Election 2014

Wed, 3 Sep 2014 13:19:26 +1200 | New Zealand Union of Students' Associations

In wake of the outrage that followed the publication of Dirty Politics some strong policy gains for tertiary students have been overshadowed. As the voting period for the General Election starts tomorrow (Wednesday 3rd September), the New Zealand Union ...More >>


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