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Reunionising Construction

05 April 2002

Joint Union Initiatives Reap Big Membership Increases In Construction And Fruit Packing

“Two of New Zealand’s oldest unions, the Building Trades Union and the Central Amalgamated Workers Union, joined forces today to work jointly to organise a rapidly growing membership in the construction and fruit packing industries,” Council of Trade Unions president Ross Wilson said today.

“With membership growth of more than 25% in the past year the unions have developed a joint strategy to build on that growth and continue the expansion,” he said.

“Next week there will be a membership drive in Hawke’s Bay apple packhouses with 10 meetings and a potential membership of about 3000 workers.”

Ross Wilson said rapid union membership growth had been achieved in the Auckland CBD construction industry and the unions were targeting other sites throughout New Zealand.

“Workers are welcoming this resurgence of unions,” Ross Wilson said.

“After 10 years of the Employment Contracts Act they realise that their best protection is to work together in strong active unions.”


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