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Hearing 'exposes health risks for vulnerable workers'

The health risks of insecure work have been exposed during Select Committee submissions today on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill.

Seasonal labour shortage declared across Bay of Plenty

Ministry of Social Development has today declared a seasonal labour shortage across the Bay of Plenty. An additional 1,200 people are needed in the region to pick and pack an extra 20 million trays of kiwifruit this season.

Increased employment 'doesn't tell the whole story'

Statistics New Zealand has released its latest employment figures showing an increase in the percentage of New Zealanders in employment. But there’s more to the story and for the sake of the wellbeing of every New Zealander it is important the whole picture is presented.

Malaysian labour scam industry wake-up call

E tū is urging the construction industry to get its house in order after revelations of a scam involving illegal Malaysian construction workers.

Unions welcome commitment to pay equity for mental health workforce

The Council of Trade Unions, the Public Service Association and E tÅ« welcome the Government’s commitment to equal pay for mental health and addiction support workers.

Rangatahi will suffer under plan to close regional careers offices - PSA

Young people in the regions, particularly Maori and Pasefika, could miss out on vital careers advice if the Tertiary Education Commission closes offices in the regions, the PSA says.

Conditions right for good job creation - CTU

The Council of Trade Unions (CTU) today said that the slowly falling unemployment rate had plenty of room for improvement, with 343,000 New Zealanders still either out of work or needing more work than policy makers have created.

Unemployment down, but New Zealanders want more work - Jackson

Minister of Employment Willie Jackson has today welcomed the release of the Household Labour Force Survey, which shows unemployment falling to 4.5 per cent.

Auckland rail workers consider further action over safety concerns

Auckland rail workers are again voting on taking industrial action as their employer insists on cutting staff on commuter trains, despite serious health and safety concerns.

Flowery rhetoric won't deliver jobs Mr Jackson - Goldsmith

The Employment Minister’s lofty ambition to build ‘a kete of tightly woven pastoral care around individuals’ in a bid to stem youth unemployment just goes to show that Labour doesn’t understand where jobs actually come from, National’s employment spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

New Zealand women lawyers now in the majority

The New Zealand legal profession now has more women lawyers than male lawyers. The New Zealand Law Society says that of 13,103 lawyers currently practising in New Zealand, 6553 are women and 6550 are men.

Partnership 'helping ease skills shortage'

Site Safe’s new partnership with Filipino recruitment organisations is helping ensure workers hit the ground running when they arrive in New Zealand.

Kiwi workers deliver message to Fiji government - end the aviation lockout

50 people protested outside the Fiji High Commission in Wellington today as part of an international mobilisation for 200 ground handling workers at Nadi airport who have been locked out by Fiji Government-controlled Air Terminal Services.

Best places to find a job in New Zealand in 2018

Otago is the best place to find a job in New Zealand in 2018, according to research by jobs website Adzuna.

Public sector gender pay gap 'may be improving - but still much work to do'

A slight decrease in the gender pay gap is heartening, but it’s too early to break out the champagne, the PSA says.

Just Imagine: The robots will take our jobs - what next?

This glimpse of the future was crafted by: Brad McBean

Eight signs you're a bad boss

A manager has a wide range of responsibilities, from setting clear expectations, to making sure business goals are met or even exceeded.

Wellington rail workers strike to defend their working conditions - RMTU

Workers employed by Transdev Wellington and Hyundai Rotem on Wellington’s passenger rail network have voted overwhelmingly in favour of taking industrial action to defend their terms and conditions of employment.

51% say getting away from the boss was a motivating factor in a resignation

One in two New Zealanders have left a job to get away from a direct manager.

Employees 'must be offered additional work before new staff are hired'

In a determination of the Employment Relations Authority released yesterday, it was held that Wendy’s was required to offer Rosemary Williams additional hours of work before it hired new staff.

Decision to scrap pay equity bill 'a positive step'

The new government has moved quickly to scrap National’s flawed Equal Pay and Pay Equity Bill, a decision that was welcomed by the Tertiary Education Union as a positive step towards making sure women are paid fairly for the work they do.

New conversations about wages needed in New Zealand - CTU

Council of Trade Unions President Richard Wagstaff today called on the Government and industry leaders to open up conversations about new ways of deciding on wages that work better for working people.

Lack of women in leadership contributes to 'leaky pipeline'

New research shows a fifth of our organisations have leadership teams that are more than 75 per cent male, and it’s impacting their ability to retain their talented female staff, says Diversity Works New Zealand Chief Executive Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie.

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.

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