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Minimum wage pushes up private sector pay rates - Stats NZ

The rise in the minimum wage helped lift private sector salary and wage rates 2.1 percent in the June 2018 year, Stats NZ said today.

Slight rise in unemployment and underutilisation rates - Stats NZ

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 4.5 percent in the June 2018 quarter, up from 4.4 percent last quarter, Stats NZ said today.

IR keen for bargaining to recommence

Commissioner of Inland Revenue Naomi Ferguson is calling for a resumption of talks with the union that represents about half the agency’s staff.

Court action: When is a worker a contractor versus an employee?

FIRST Union plans to seek a determination in the Employment Court as to whether courier drivers are employees and therefore covered by employment legislation.

Strike at Maori TV

Union members at Maori TV will walk off the job for 24 hours on August 8 in protest over the TV channel’s unfair and discriminatory treatment.

Thousands to sign banner for better work in retail

As part of FIRST Union’s stop work meetings at 58 locations around the country (more than 5,300 attendees), retail workers will be signing one of our largest banners ever in support of the three tenets of our Worth It campaign.

Smith City 'turns a corner to a more progressive work future'

FIRST Union is pleased Smith City has joined the workers’ movement towards a more progressive work future for all New Zealanders. The company has announced it will pay its 591 workers a Living Wage from October.

Council of Trade Unions agrees MSD should only promote decent jobs

The Council of Trade Unions welcomes the Ministry of Social Development’s statement that helping Tranzit recruit for bus-driving jobs that are under dispute was inappropriate. CTU President Richard Wagstaff says the call, made yesterday, is the right one.

Job advertisements: Going in reverse

ANZ Job Ads fell 1.6% in June (seasonally adjusted), and was down 1.2% over the quarter (3mma). The economy has been decelerating for a while, and now job ads growth has stalled and is starting to move in the wrong direction. Annual growth moderated to 2.9% y/y from 3.9% (3mma).

Equality at work is improving but at a glacial pace - HRC

Women continue to feature in negative labour market indicators according to a new report from the Human Rights Commission. Groups that are particularly marginalised include young Māori and Pasifika women and young Pasifika men.

Young people choose to earn, not learn - Stats NZ

People in their early twenties are more likely to be earning and less likely to be learning, Stats NZ said today. Since 2004 (when the series began), 20-24-year-olds have been the key contributors to the number of young men and women not in employment, education, or training (NEET).

Living wage win for core public services shows success of campaign - CTU

The Council of Trade Unions President Richard Wagstaff congratulated Living Wage Aotearoa and the Government for moving to a living wage of at least $20.55 an hour by the first of September for all people employed in the core public service.

Unite to picket Wendy's Dominion store tonight

Wendy's was given an interim injunction by the Employment Court yesterday against Unite Union to stop picketers trespassing on the company's land. The union has disputed whether the employment court had the jurisdiction to issue such injunctions in the circumstances.

Survey 'shows just how critical 90-day trial periods are for business and workers'

A recent nationwide survey of businesses and employers have found that the 90-day trial periods give business the confidence to take on staff they otherwise would not have.

90-day trial periods, 'take a chance on me' legislation

Findings from a nationwide survey of employers have found that the 90-day trial periods should be called the "take a chance on me" legislation.

Job advertisements: Going soft

ANZ Job Ads increased 2.2% in May (seasonally adjusted), following a 2.0% fall in April. "While job ads increased this month, they remain consistent with soft employment growth," said ANZ Senior Economist, Liz Kendall.

Motherhood pay penalty 'not a reality for all'

Organisers of New Zealand’s Equal Pay Awards have applauded the research paper by MOTU that found that New Zealand’s gender pay gap is larger among mothers than working women without children.

NZNO team reviewing DHB offer now

Industrial Services Manage Cee Payne has today announced that the NZNO team received a revised offer from district health boards (DHBs) this afternoon.

Auckland Go Bus drivers to strike tomorrow over dangerous work conditions

Following a series of strikes in Auckland and the Waikato region with a handful of companies, 60 Go Bus drivers in Auckland will be the latest to take industrial action.

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.

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