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Equal pay about to boost New Zealand communities - CTU

New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Vice President Rachel Mackintosh said today that she had woken up full of excitement for New Zealand women, their families and communities following the announcement of the new coalition Government.

All businesses 'should commit to being living wage employer'

Leading economic researcher BERL challenges all businesses to become Living Wage employers to make a real difference to New Zealanders and their communities.

Some new fathers fear taking parental leave - here's why

Fifty-three per cent of New Zealanders believe that new fathers don’t take the full parental leave they are entitled to because of fear they will be viewed as less committed to their job.

Want a Christmas job in retail? Read Retail NZ's advice first

With less than 100 days to go until Christmas, many people will be looking for seasonal work in retail stores, and Retail NZ has published some advice for would-be shop workers about how to get those retail jobs.

Discriminatory comments 'disappointing'

Comments from a Waikato university lecturer implying employers should not hire Muslim workers because they stop to pray five times a day are disappointing, says Diversity Works New Zealand Chief Executive Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie.

Not getting an interview? These common job search mistakes could be why

Job growth is rising and people are securing new roles, but if you’re struggling to get out of the starting gates and obtain interviews, recruiting experts Hays says you could be making one of several common job search mistakes.

Govt has listened to tourism industry concerns about work visa changes

New Zealand’s fast growing tourism industry is pleased the Government has listened to its concerns about the proposed changes to temporary work visas.

Unions ratify landmark pay equity agreement

Union members have ratified a landmark agreement signed by their union leaders on Monday 17 July 2017, with the Ministries of Social Development and Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki.

Careerforce to kick off Workforce Development Conference

Pay equity, suicide prevention and the state of mental health in New Zealand will be hot topics at the third Careerforce Workforce Development Conference (CWDC), hosted at Te Papa from 7-8 August 2017.

Innovative RSE scheme 10 years young

Immigration New Zealand is joining with Pacific leaders and horticulture and viticulture industry leaders to celebrate 10 years of the innovative and world-leading Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme.

$15 million boost for Pacific labour mobility

The Government has today announced $10 million in new funding to expand Pacific labour mobility, as the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme celebrates ten years of success.

Young people are future for key construction player

Careers New Zealand’s employer-led three-day Work Inspiration Programme is being held in Auckland from 20 - 22 June, delivered in partnership with Canam Group.

Online job ads continue growing strongly

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith says the latest Jobs Online report shows strong growth in online job advertisements at 11.8 per cent in the year to May 2017.

Kiwis green light flexible working - but only if it doesn't hinder their career

An overwhelming 93 per cent of New Zealanders would prefer to work flexibly if it didn’t disadvantage their career.

VBS part of the rural workforce challenge

The Voluntary Bonding Scheme is making a valuable contribution to solving rural workforce shortages but is only part of the ongoing response to GP and nurse shortages in rural areas, says New Zealand Rural General Practice Network Chief Executive Dalton Kelly.

Carter Holt Harvey brings shame to Kiwi name across the ditch - E tu union

New Zealand’s largest private sector union is calling on New Zealand’s richest man, billionaire Graeme Hart, to stop giving New Zealand a bad name in his treatment of Australian workers.

Proposed closure of ACC call centres 'disappointing' - PSA

PSA members are surprised and disappointed at the Accident Compensation Corporation’s proposals to close two call centres in Auckland and Wellington. 27 PSA members may be affected if the Corporation follows through on its plans, and some may lose their jobs.

'Working people support Greens announcement of more paid sick leave'

Working people are welcoming today’s announcement from the Green Party that they will increase the legal minimum entitlement of paid sick leave from five days per year to ten.

Canterbury unemployment remains low - Wagner

The latest Greater Christchurch Dashboard shows unemployment in Canterbury is increasing but remains well below national levels, Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner says.

Disruption could be good for workers in their 40s, 50s and 60s

There is no ‘business as usual’ as far as digital disruption is concerned, but one unique way organisations can prepare for such uncertainty is to employ more older workers.

152,000 more people in employment by 2020 - Goldsmith

The latest employment forecasts released today show that the New Zealand economy will continue to grow total employment over the next three years, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith says.

FIRST Union congratulates care workers, prepares claim for retail workers

FIRST Union is congratulating care workers, their unions - E tū, NZNO and the PSA - and pay equity champion Kristine Bartlett for securing an offer of a historic pay equity settlement.

Historic day as caregivers offered equal pay settlement

Unions representing care and support workers are pleased to be jointly announcing with government a proposed equal pay settlement to 55,000 workers across the aged residential, disability and home support sectors.

Union calls for action on OECD redundancy report

FIRST Union is condemning Workplace Relations Minister Michael Woodhouse for refusing to act on an OECD report showing New Zealanders who are made redundant tend to suffer a drop in wages and job security.

Apprenticeship scheme tackles skills shortage

An apprenticeship programme in the Waikato District is playing its part to address the skills shortage in the New Zealand roading industry following the graduation of its first intake last month.

Labour productivity falls on high input growth

Labour productivity fell 0.7 percent in the year ended March 2016, StatsNZ said today. Labour inputs for the measured sector increased 3.3 percent, the largest increase since the beginning of the series (1996).

Hearing challenges aren't a barrier to success in the Civil Infrastructure Industry

Hearing challenges aren't a barrier to success in the Civil Infrastructure Industry for one long-time Higgins Christchurch employee who has just achieved an industry qualification.

Mayor’s Council and CCO shake-up 'must be more than a PR exercise'

Mayor Phil Goff’s proposed review of Auckland Council and its Council-controlled organisations (CCOs) must not be another exercise in restructuring for the sake of it, and it must safeguard the expertise and functionality of long-serving Local Government staff, the PSA says.

Women's day should mean equal pay - Green Party

The Green Party is calling on the Government to do something meaningful for the women of New Zealand this International Women’s Day, by picking up a Member’s Bill on pay transparency that’s currently in the ballot.

4000 apply for 26 jobs - were 3974 lazy, drug addicts?

So far Prime Minister Bill English has called out-of-work New Zealanders druggies and lazy. "We have a question for him: what does he call the 4000 people who applied for 26 WorkSafe positions around the country?

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