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Make a submission in support of fairness at work

Parliament’s Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee has allowed only a very short timeframe for people to make submissions on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill Read More

JB Hi Fi picket

Arguments employers used during the recession to stop wages rises don’t hold much water now. So it is not surprising there is now a small Read More

GCSB gets lucky in Budget 2010

The Government Communications Security Bureau's been lucky this year, with its Budget up 19% from $59.142 million to $70.44 million.

FTAs costing Kiwi jobs

When EPMU Secretary Andrew Little puts on his other hat, Labour Party president, I hope he will try to shift his party's uncritical support for such free trade and investment agreements. They are not all about Fonterra getting more opportunities to export dairy products.

Workers demand end to wage freeze

The sun shone on rallies for low paid workers held in cities and town across New Zealand. In Auckland they were led by Service Workers Union members in their bright red T-shirts - coming from hospitals and rest homes across the region. Other unions like the Public Service Association and NZ Educational Institute also brought their low paid members along.

Zero percent won’t pay the rent

The election of a National-led Government has sparked newfound employer militancy, and public sector employers are among the most militant. But unions are fighting back on behalf of low paid public service employees. On Friday 27th they have organised nationwide lunchtime (12.30pm – 1.30pm) rallies to protest against the public sector wage freeze and call for a fair deal for low paid workers.