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The Unionist: Work rights our right, long hours

CTU Media Release
Monday July 28 2008

THE UNIONIST: Work rights are our right, long hours

In The Unionist this week: National's employment relations policy, and kiwis working long hours (still). Story summaries are below, and visit this page for the full newsletter: http://union.org.nz/ctu-newsletters

* Work rights are our right: "Cuts in workers' rights and entitlements and privatisation are all this party has to offer to date," Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly said last week, following the release of National's employment relations policy. The CTU today released a critique of National's policy, taking note of what was missing from the policy announcement, such as their plans for the paid parental leave scheme, which more than 100,000 parents have benefited from. The critique also said National was silent on any concrete strategies to lift wages.

* Kiwis working long hours: New Department of Labour research out last week shows many of us are still working more than 50 hours.

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