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New Easter trading laws bad for families - CTU

"Today the National Government voted to make regional authorities responsible for deciding whether people get to spend time with the families on Easter Sunday or not. This was a bad decision by the National Government," CTU Secretary Sam Huggard said.

NZ's top apprentices launch campaign to sign up more school leavers

The GOT A TRADE WEEK campaign will this week raise awareness of careers that exist in 140 trades and services in New Zealand.

Easter Sunday should be for families, not commerce - CTU

The Council of Trade Unions is backing the call of two former All Blacks to protect family time at Easter. A government bill, which will make it easier for shops to open on Easter Sunday, is due back before Parliament this week for its third and final reading.

Crowdsourced advert highlights Kiwis' AFFCO concerns - CTU

Hundreds of concerned New Zealanders have come together to fund a full page advertisement in the Nelson Mail today to tell Sir Peter Talley to negotiate fairly with people who work at Talley’s-owned meat processor AFFCO.

Unemployment count changes 'to meet international standards'

Changes to how the unemployed are counted when they look for work online were made to meet international standards, Statistics NZ said today. This week there has been some misunderstanding of the changes, which were first announced on 29 June 2016.

Job advertisements: On the job in July

Job advertising increased for the sixth month in a row in July signalling solid economic growth but possible skill shortages in the year ahead, according to the latest ANZ job advertising data.

Contractor Bill confused - BusinessNZ

BusinessNZ says a new Bill coming up for vote in Parliament is confused. The Contractor Bill could be passed into law next week, as a result of a vote switch by MP Peter Dunne.

Unemployment rate drops for Manawatu/Whanganui

Unemployment in the Manawatu/Whanganui region dropped by 600 people in the year ending June 2016 which is the lowest unemployment rate in over two years, explains Jono Naylor, National List MP based in Palmerston North.

Jobless Northland reflects National's neglect - NZ First

High unemployment in Northland shows the region is struggling to recover from years of neglect by National, says New Zealand First.

Automation in the workplace - friend or foe?

Fifty-six per cent of New Zealanders ‘definitely’ think their job will be impacted by artificial intelligence (AI) and automation in the next 10 years, according to recruiting experts Hays.

More women contributing to the workforce

New Zealand women’s contribution to the economy continues to grow, said Minister for Women Louise Upston. "The latest Household Labour Force Survey shows women’s participation is now 64.6 percent (June 2016 quarter), continuing an upward trend.

The Government must do more to get Kiwis in work - CTU

"There is plenty that needs doing that could put more Kiwis in work. But figures out today show that there are still too many Kiwis out of work," says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg.

Job ads steady in July - Jobs Online Report

The number of job advertisements was steady in July 2016, rising by 0.2 per cent, and by 12.7 per cent over the year, according to the latest Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Jobs Online report.

Govt should face the facts not skew the facts - Labour

National appears to be actively massaging official unemployment statistics by changing the measure for joblessness to exclude those looking online, says Labour’s Employment spokesperson Grant Robertson.

Review of immigration 'needed to fix skill shortages'

Last week’s debate around skill shortages, particularly in Auckland, showed there are some measures we could implement immediately and other things we could do to ease the tension between the skill requirements of business and the gaps immigrants can fill says Michael Barnett, head of the Auckl

'Spark Pay' raises prospects for front-line roles

Spark has made a commitment to a higher wage economy by introducing a benchmark that ensures all staff are paid a fair, competitive salary above minimum pay levels.

E tu says transmission cost proposal could decimate regional jobs

E tū says hundreds of jobs will be at risk if proposed changes to transmission lines charges go ahead. The Electricity Authority proposes moving to a user pays model, where power users further away from power generators pay more for power.

Rising overtime: Are you paid for the hours you actually work?

Almost three in ten (29%) organisations in New Zealand increased overtime and extra hours during the last 12 months, according to recruiting experts Hays. For 54% of non-award staff, this overtime was unpaid.

Job losses at steel manufacturer amid flood of cheap Chinese steel

The union, E tū says the flood of cheap Chinese steel is really starting to bite, with maintenance specialist and steel fabricator, IMG Structural forced to lay off staff. IMG Structural makes steel beams and other steel components using locally manufactured steel.

Jobs growth continues to be strong

Figures released today by Statistics New Zealand show the number of filled jobs has grown strongly. The Quarterly Employment Survey (QES) shows an increase of 3.1 per cent in the year to June.

Jobs grow strongly, while wage rises remain subdued

This labour market release only includes the June 2016 quarter data for the Quarterly Employment Survey (QES) and Labour Cost Index (LCI). Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) data, also due to be published in this release, is delayed until 17 August.

E tu appealing Court of Appeal ruling on respite home care workers

E tū will be challenging a Court of Appeal ruling which reverses an Employment Court decision granting basic employment rights to respite homecare workers. Respite workers are paid $75.00 for a 24 hour shift, caring for the disabled while their primary carers take a break.

NZ construction workers juggling multiple job offers

Experienced construction candidates remain in such high demand that they often receive multiple job offers, says recruiting experts Hays in New Zealand.

Project 1000 to grow jobs for Hawke’s Bay people

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell today announced Project 1000; a scheme to provide 1000 new jobs for currently unemployed Hawke’s Bay workers over the next three years.

Vacancies rose in June - Jobs Online Report

The number of job vacancies rose by 1.2 per cent in June 2016, and by 13.5 per cent over the year, according to the latest Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Jobs Online report.

Labour mobility 'could generate an additional $10 billion'

The full potential of labour mobility between Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region remains largely untapped, according to a new report launched today by the World Bank and the Australian National University (ANU) during the Pacific Update Conference in Suva, Fiji. 

Agreement reached over multi-million dollar Tiwai in lieu arrears

E tū and New Zealand Aluminium Smelters (NZAS) met in Wellington on Tuesday 12 July 2016 to discuss the way forward in the Lieu Day dispute.

Job ads rise on back of building boom

ANZ's latest job advertising data suggests demand for employment is strengthening as the housing and construction sectors boom around the country.

Aviation Security lockout and strikes to be called off - unions

Following all-day mediation between Aviation Security Services, the Public Service Association and E tū, a provisional agreement has been reached.

Airport security staff strike averted

New Zealand’s Aviation Security Service (Avsec) has reached agreement with two unions which will prevent strike action across New Zealand next week.

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