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National’s economic strategy underpinned by attacks on workers rights

Date of Release: 
Monday, September 15, 2014

The National Party’s ‘Workplaces’ policy confirms that their economic growth strategy relies on attacks on workers rights, according to FIRST Union.

National’s proposed employment law reforms includes removing the duty to conclude collective agreements, repealing the 30-day rule, letting employers opt out of multi-employer collective agreements and cutting workers’ breaks.

Greens Party’s workers policy to restore link between effort and reward

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Green Party’s new workers policy articulates an alternative to wage repression and job insecurity based on restoring the link between effort and reward, according to FIRST Union.

2014 Rich List paints picture of inequality denial

Date of Release: 
Friday, August 1, 2014

The National Business Review’s 2014 Rich List is a stark reminder of the growing inequality in New Zealand, according to FIRST Union.

This year is the first time the combined wealth of New Zealand’s Rich-Listers has passed $50 billion, more than doubling the combined wealth of Rich-Listers just a decade ago.

“What we’re seeing here is a society in a state of inequality denial, propagated by a government of inequality deniers”, said FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.

Labour Party’s employment reforms show commitment to tackling inequality

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The NZ Labour Party’s just-announced industrial relations agenda demonstrates a clear commitment to tackling the growing inequality in New Zealand and restore democracy to our workplaces, according to FIRST Union.

The agenda features a $2 an hour boost to the minimum wage in the first year (with a view to raising it to two-thirds of average wage by the end of their second term), a Commission of Inquiry into wages and collective bargaining and a review of NZ’s health and safety law, including further funding for Worksafe.

May Day 2014

Article Date: 
Thursday, May 1, 2014

On May Day we salute the work of thousands of FIRST Union members in organising together for a better deal on the job. 

At Last: A Manufacturing Policy

Date of Release: 
Thursday, April 17, 2014

FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today.

Solomon Islands Devastated by Floods

Article Date: 
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Christian World Service has launched an appeal for the Solomon Islands after massive flooding caused extensive damage in Honiara and the province of Guadacanal, with the loss of 19 lives.

Minimum wage increase too low

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Low income families struggling with high costs have been let down by today’s minimum wage increase, FIRST Union says.

Economy is growing - but who is benefiting?

Article Date: 
Thursday, March 20, 2014

“Yes, there is growth in the economy, but the big question now is who will benefit from it”, says Council of Trade Unions Economist Bill Rosenberg. 

OCR rise no help to workers

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Reserve Bank announced this week its decision to raise the Official Cash Rate a quarter point to 2.75%, with expected increases again in April, June and July. This likely equates to a full percentage point by the time of the election, and as much as 2 percentage points by the end of 2015.

RBNZ Governor Graeme Wheeler justified the decision with the threat of inflation, arguing that “while headline inflation has been moderate, inflationary pressures are increasing and are expected to continue to do so over the next two years.”

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