Kiwis are struggling...Inequality is growing...So why is the Government cutting our pay?
The Government wants to change our employment law to cut pay and take away your rights. The new laws will give bosses the power to refuse to settle collective agreements.
The Government wants to take away the requirement under part 6A for employers with less than 20 staff to keep their existing staff when a contract changes. This will affect thousands of cleaners and other vulnerable workers. For more information click here.
(from overseas please dial +64 9 375 2680)Government's brutal reminder of aim to lower wages
Posted On: Wednesday, 5 June 2013
The Service and Food Workers Union Ngā Ringa Tota has condemned the Government’s proposed changes to the Employment Relations Act, which was introduced to Parliament tonight. “There is not one thing in the raft of proposed... more...
Lowest paid need living wage most of all
Posted On: Tuesday, 21 May 2013
The Service and Food Workers Union Ngā Ringa Tota has congratulated Hamilton City Councillors who have voted today to bring in a living wage over the next two years, but asked them to include the lowest paid in their workforce. “While it is... more...
Nurses in Schools a Boost for Low-Income Working Families
Posted On: Thursday, 2 May 2013
The Service and Food Workers Union Ngā Ringa Tota supports the Green Party’s Nurses in Schools proposal, announced today. “Thousands and thousands of families struggling on poverty pay rates in New Zealand are counting every cent... more...
Out of touch government condemns low paid workers to poverty
Posted On: Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Out of touch government condemns low paid workers to poverty While the Prime Minister pocketed an extra $150 a week in December's pay rise, New Zealand's lowest paid workers will get a miserable $10 increase if they are lucky enough to get a full... more...
Aged Care workers get a Parliamentary slap in the face
Posted On: Wednesday, 20 February 2013
The Service and Food Workers Union (SFWU) said today the Parliamentary Health Select Committee has given residential aged care staff a slap in the face after the committee failed to take action on the concern of over ten thousand petitioners. The... more...
New Zealand Living Wage $18.40 an hour
Posted On: Thursday, 14 February 2013
A landmark report released today identifies $18.40 an hour as the New Zealand living wage. “Today is an historic day for thousands of low-paid workers and their families,” said Service and Food Workers Union National Secretary, John... more...
Pay woes affect cleaners and caretakers too
Posted On: Wednesday, 14 November 2012
It's not only teachers' pay that has been plagued with problems since the Ministry of Education's $30 million Novopay system was introduced in August, the Service and Food Workers Union said today. SFWU Industry Leader, Jill Ovens, said cleaners... more...
Government Strips Away Employment Rights From Most Vulnerable Workers
Posted On: Tuesday, 30 October 2012
"The National-led Government has just stripped away the rights of New Zealand's most vulnerable workers by removing the much-needed protections of Part 6A of the Employment Relations Act," said Service and Food Workers Union Ngā Ringa Tota... more...
It's official. The working poor just got poorer.
Posted On: Thursday, 4 October 2012
“Statistics NZ figures showing near-record low increases in hourly rates will be no surprise to the country’s lowest earners,” said Service and Food Workers Union National Secretary John Ryall. “They are a growing group of... more...
Government not listening to growing concern on poverty
Posted On: Wednesday, 19 September 2012
"The Government is not listening to the growing community concern about poverty and inequality in New Zealand. If they were they would have taken the opportunity today to lift the wages of our lowest paid workers," said Service and Food Workers Union... more...
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