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Union membership helps income equality

Article Date: 
Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Council of Trade Unions has produced new data this month which shows that income inequality in New Zealand has risen when union membership has been falling, and inequality has fallen when union membership has been strong.

Low wages driving inequality

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, February 7, 2012

New Zealand’s structural problem of low wages is driving the gap between the rich and poor, FIRST Union said today.

BIM on procurement shows government’s do-nothing approach to jobs

Date of Release: 
Thursday, February 2, 2012

It is laughable that the government procurement agenda was initiated at National’s 2009 Jobs Summit, given it now has nothing to do with creating jobs, FIRST Union said today.

Ports of Auckland wharfies want security of work

Article Date: 
Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Shaun Thorton (pictured) drives a straddle at the Ports of Auckland where he has worked for 18 years. He met his wife Leah at the port where she worked before becoming a fulltime mum looking after their four kids: Ben, twins Max and Amy and Nina.

Changing Representations of Organised Labour

Article Date: 
Friday, December 16, 2011

Research Project on the Changing Representations of Organised Labour in New Zealand, 1968–1981

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Lockout of meat workers

Article Date: 
Thursday, December 1, 2011

Right now there are over 100 workers at the Canterbury Meat Processors meatworks on SH1 near Marton who have been locked out since 19th October.

Why? Because they won’t accept a 25 percent pay cut and the removal of important conditions from their collective. The workers are trying to stay staunch, but without any income its hard.

Labour releases work policy at FIRST conference

Article Date: 
Friday, October 21, 2011

Labour leader Phil Goff released their work and wages policy at the FIRST Union conference in Hamilton this week. The policy included setting industry standards for wages.

More workers should have access to industry standards in wages

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

“More workers should have access to a fair standard of pay across their industry,” FIRST Union General Secretary, Robert Reid said.

Union Backs Anti-Violence Campaign

Article Date: 
Monday, September 19, 2011

The NDU is backing a campaign to stop violence against women.

The NDU executive voted last month to endorse the White Ribbon Day and support campaigns aimed at eliminating violence against women in all its forms.

Rebel rugby player

Article Date: 
Monday, September 19, 2011

Anne–Maree Brabender’s workmates tell her she is crazy because she keeps turning up to work with big bruises, cuts or black eyes.

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