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'Join our 5% wage campaign, Winston!'
Posted On: Wednesday, 31 August 2005
"Winston Peters' parliamentary record does not support his claim to be the new, workers' advocate," CTU president Ross Wilson said today. He was responding to Peters' attack on the CTU and unions in his speech at the Cashmere Club today. "I welcome... more...

Save ACC from Australian insurance companies!
Posted On: Wednesday, 31 August 2005
"If we want to save our world class ACC from the clutches of Australian insurance companies, we must look carefully at the main parties' policies," CTU president Ross Wilson said today. "Labour Party ACC policy, announced today, commits to retaining... more...

Employers hope to pocket workers' tax cuts
Posted On: Wednesday, 31 August 2005
Employers will seek to pocket whatever small tax increase most workers get by off-setting it against future wage increases, said CTU President, Ross Wilson in advance of the launch of the Business NZ Tax Perspectives document tomorrow. "Unions still... more...

Labour delivers for workers
Posted On: Tuesday, 30 August 2005
"Labour has been good for workers and we want that to continue" said Darien Fenton, National Secretary of Service & Food Workers Union Nga Ringa Tota (SFWU) at the launch of Labour's industrial relations policy in Auckland today. Darien Fenton... more...

Government employment policy has delivered benefits to all
Posted On: Tuesday, 30 August 2005
Labour's employment relations policy, launched today, highlights the stark differences between the major parties, said Carol Beaumont, secretary of the NZ Council of Trade Unions. "We want to continue with the economic growth and high employment the... more...

Brash hostage to Business Round Table
Posted On: Monday, 29 August 2005
"Don Brash must come clean on the influence of the Business Round Table in a National led Government," CTU president Ross Wilson said today. Ross Wilson said the confidential emails disclosed in the weekend show detailed advice from BRT Chief... more...

Why is New Zealand's pay at the bottom of the stack?
Posted On: Friday, 26 August 2005
This country has fallen behind Australia in wages and labour productivity because we have failed to put money into modernising our businesses and increasing workers' skills and we have ignored the positive power of unions, Peter Conway, told the Remnet... more...

ACC is not broken. Why should we fix it?
Posted On: Friday, 26 August 2005
"There has been a 60% reduction in workplace fatalities in the last two years," Council of Trade Unions' Secretary Ross Wilson said.  "This should be telling us that the current legislation is working.  If it's not broken, why should we fix... more...

CTU and business agree on skills lack but not on remedies
Posted On: Thursday, 25 August 2005
"There is a deep irony in yesterday's Business New Zealand's survey through which businesses in this country registered their concern about the lack of skilled workers," said CTU secretary, Carol Beaumont. "Of course it is a concern that the CTU... more...

CTU Applauds new approach to work
Posted On: Thursday, 25 August 2005
The Labour Market and Employment Strategy 'Better Working : Working Better', launched today, sets out a positive approach to the challenges we face in the labour market, CTU secretary Carol Beaumont said today. "Our nation needs to resolve skill... more...

Work stoppages down by half since 1995
Posted On: Friday, 19 August 2005
In spite of appearances, industrial stoppages this year are still the lowest of the decade, said NZ Council of Trade Unions? president, Ross Wilson. In 1995 there were 67 stoppages. This year there have been 31. "There is a simple explanation for... more...

CTU welcomes tax relief that 'really delivers'
Posted On: Friday, 19 August 2005
Workers and their families will get a much-needed boost in income from the enhanced 'working for families' package announced today, said CTU president, Ross Wilson. "This is the sort of relief that really delivers," he said. "Lifting wages is the... more...

Unions Push to Keep Employment Rights
Posted On: Friday, 19 August 2005
The NZCTU National Council meets tomorrow to consider intensifying the union movement's campaign in the four weeks before the election. "Workers rights to collectively bargain for fair wages, to four weeks annual leave, to a comprehensive... more...

National to fund tax cuts with workers lives
Posted On: Friday, 19 August 2005
The National Party wants to reverse health and safety legislation and systems that have dramatically reduced workplace fatalities by 60% over the past two years.   "It is clear that a National Government elected on a bribe of tax cuts would be at the... more...

Tribute to David Lange
Posted On: Monday, 15 August 2005
Ross Wilson today, on behalf of unionists throughout the country, paid tribute to David Lange.   "David Lange led us to the dignity of an independent foreign policy", said Ross Wilson, President of the Council of Trade Unions.   "This was in stark... more...

CTU Challenges National to Come Clean on the Minimum Wage
Posted On: Thursday, 11 August 2005
The CTU is challenging National to come clean on its minimum wage policy. "There may be some difficulty here because Don Brash is confused and out of touch," Council of Trade Unions secretary Carol Beaumont said today. "He is on record ( Listener,... more...

Major Culture Change in Training for Workers
Posted On: Wednesday, 10 August 2005
A new project to help more workers into training and education is the start of a major culture change involving workers, companies and state enterprises, Council of Trade Unions secretary Carol Beaumont said today. The Minister of Education, Trevor... more...

Union Campaign Pays Off for Workers
Posted On: Monday, 8 August 2005
Wage statistics show that union campaigns are winning decent pay rises for workers although there is still a long way to go, Council of Trade Unions president Ross Wilson said today. The Labour Cost Index shows that wages, excluding overtime, went up... more...

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