Employment Headlines

Global unions applaud NZ ‘slave ships’ progress

Press Release – 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 … Read more »

Families before commerce at Easter

Press Release – 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 … Read more »

Businesses need to respect workers this Easter

Press Release – 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 … Read more »

Public Address – I can’t see you, but you should see me

Column – Public Address

Being lost for words when youre a talkback host could hardly be considered ideal. But back in September of 1992, I was hosting an evening talkback show on a fledgling radio station in what was then a newly deregulated, highly unstable radio market. Read more »

Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members’ ballot. Read more »

Labour to protect subbies in construction failures

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Labours Commerce spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove will introduce a supplementary order paper to the Construction Contracts Amendment Bill to ensure subcontractors are paid for the work theyve done when construction companies collapse. Read more »

Work visa problems need monitoring

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says Darien Fenton, Labours Associate Immigration spokesperson. Read more »

Resignation rates among cops soar

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labours Police spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. Read more »

Where Are The 15,000 Jobs?

Press Release – Auckland Action Against Poverty

Paula Bennett is today proudly telling New Zealand that beneficiary numbers have decreased by 15,000 in the past year. There is no proud declaration that 15,000 jobs have been created in the same period, says Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson, … Read more »

Change of approach to government procurement needed

Press Release – Rail And Maritime Transport Union

The rail engineering industry has been totally let down by Nationals lack of manufacturing policy, and Labours measures outlined today represent a marked shift in approach to supporting domestic industries, the RMTU said today. Read more »

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