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More unemployed people is a Government failure - Greens

Rising unemployment shows how National’s economic mismanagement has failed to deliver enough jobs for New Zealanders, the Green Party says.

Strong job growth in March quarter

The quarterly Household Labour Force Survey has shown strong employment growth in the March quarter, with 28,000 more jobs added to the New Zealand economy.

Unemployment rise demands Budget response - Labour

The rise in unemployment shows the Budget must contain concrete plans for job growth that deliver for all New Zealanders, not just the few at the top, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.

Mother's Day cards for the Prime Minister

The Government has an opportunity this Mother’s Day to show genuine support for those looking after our littlest citizens by making a small but significant step to increase paid parental leave to 26 weeks.

Why it's good to be a tradie

Skilled and experienced construction tradespeople are in continuous demand according to recruiting experts Hays, yet a stigma around apprenticeships could be holding more people back from considering a trade career.

Ambulance service cuts will hurt - union

A proposal by St John Ambulance to reduce staff numbers will be an immense loss for both the community who use the service and the workers affected says FIRST Union, the union for Ambulance Professionals.

Job advertisements: Back on the job

Jobs ads rose strongly in March, restoring the upward trend, according to the latest ANZ job advertising data.

NZ job market strengthens - SEEK

Across New Zealand new job ads jumped 6.1 per cent in March, leaving the country in a good state with 5.2 per cent more job ads than 12 months ago. The construction and the property industries are helping grow the Kiwi job market with strong demand for labour in these sectors.

This Admin Appreciation Day, give more than a box of chocolates

Administrative staff up and down the country will be recognised tomorrow, and the Public Service Association is urging businesses, government agencies and NGOs to make a day to remember.

Kaikohe youth take next step into careers

Today 30 young people from Kaikohe graduated from the first stage of the Growing Regional Opportunities through Work (GROW) programme - an initiative stemmed from the Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan.

Public servants do love their jobs - but staff survey will reveal hidden truths

The public service is a great place to work, but that’s because its employees love helping their communities and making a difference, the PSA says.

Chorus hell-bent on contracting out jobs - union

The announcement today that Downer will lose the fibre rollout contract in the lower North Island is bad news for workers and bad news for customers, says the E tū union.

Holiday pay miscalculation 'more than a mistake', says union

It is simply not credible that nearly every major employer and payroll providing service made a "mistake" in calculating their annual leave entitlements.

New Health and safety law from Monday

The Health and Safety at Work Act comes into force on Monday 4 April. The new law will mean that more Kiwis will come home safely from work.

Parental leave changes positive - BusinessNZ

Changes in to parental leave will help workplace relations, says BusinessNZ. Entitlement to 18 weeks’ paid leave, available to greater numbers of employees, comes into force today. [More information is here on www.businessnz.org.nz.]

'No attempt made by Auckland DHBs to bridge funding gap' as strike looms

The three Auckland district health boards have made no attempt to approach Health Minister Jonathan Coleman for extra funding to provide 7-day services, the Public Service Association says.

'Minister up to trickery on foreign students working in NZ'

The government is attempting to hoodwink New Zealand on the massive number of unskilled foreign students working here, says New Zealand First Deputy Leader Ron Mark.

Jobs forecast to grow another 148k over next three years

The latest employment forecast from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment predicts the number of jobs in New Zealand will grow by another 148,300 over the next three years.

CTU welcomes Labour Party leadership on the future of work

The CTU congratulates the Labour Party for their foresight and focused attention in examining the Future of Work.

Last Supper for Easter Sunday holiday? - Green Party

This Sunday could be the last Easter Sunday holiday for many New Zealanders, if the National Government goes ahead with its plan to allow local councils to let shops open on Easter Sunday.

Thousands to walk off the job after notices issued to Auckland DHBs

The Public Service Association has today sent strike notices to the three Auckland District Health Boards over the failure to settle a new collective agreement. These give notice of a full withdrawal of labour on the 8th of April from 10am to 2pm.

Job advertisements: Off the boil

Jobs advertising bounced back a little in February after a sharp January fall, according to the latest ANZ job advertising data.

Auckland DHBs' proposal to avert strike action

The three Auckland DHBs have today filed papers with the Employment Relations Authority seeking facilitation of the protracted and difficult bargaining dispute with the PSA for Allied, Public Health and Technical employees.

PSA: Don’t use MBIE payroll mess as excuse to review Holidays Act

Kiwi workers could end up being short-changed over their holiday entitlements if the government sides with big business over a review of the Holidays Act, the Public Service Association says.

Zero hour contracts officially history - CTU

Today in Parliament the Government, along with its support parties, and those in opposition, voted in agreement to end the ability of employers to use corrosive zero hour contracts.

Zero-hour contracts gone, PPL extended

A Bill which will eliminate zero-hour contracts, extend paid parental leave (PPL) and help stamp out worker exploitation passed its third reading today, announced Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse.

The right to work in just conditions is a human right - Dr Jackie Blue

The Human Rights Commission says New Zealanders’ right to work in just and favourable conditions will become more of a reality today with the scrapping of Zero Hour contracts.

Zero hours; goneburger - CTU

Working people in New Zealand are on the verge of being much better off with zero hour agreements [contracts] on the cusp of being outlawed.

Labour defeats zero hour contracts - Little

Changes demanded by Labour to new workplace legislation have today resulted in the banning of zero hour contracts, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says.

Caritas invitation 'highlights opposition to Easter Sunday trading bill'

An invitation to meet with Caritas on Easter Sunday and discuss the social justice agency's opposition to the Shop Hours Amendment Bill has been extended to members of the Commerce Select Committee.

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