INDEPENDENT NEWS

CTU backs campaign for a Living Wage

Published: Wed 23 May 2012 11:11 AM
23 May 2012
CTU backs campaign for a Living Wage
CTU welcomes the campaign for a living wage launched today by the Service and Food Workers Union Nga Ringa Tota.
CTU President Helen Kelly says "we know that ordinary, hard working Kiwi's are struggling to make ends meet and we're looking forward to being involved in this new grass roots movement to lift pay."
“Many people talk about the need to lift pay – but often little is done. We need a real commitment to decent jobs in New Zealand and lifting pay requires improvements in the minimum wage, improvements in collective bargaining coverage, sharing the benefits of productivity improvements, and a real recognition that the huge inequalities of income are unjustified and must be addressed”.
Helen Kelly says "living wage campaigns have been successful overseas and will be here. We are right behind the campaign, but most importantly, we are joining others in the wider community who are showing strong support for the living wage."
"The 'zero budget' will not do enough to support low paid workers and their families. The government has made choices that have only made inequalities worse - the tax changes that gave tax cuts to those on high incomes, also hit lower income families with a hike to GST. And wage increases have not matched price increases."
"Now, in the recently announced employment law changes, the government are deliberately undermining collective bargaining which could lift wages, protect job conditions and reduce inequality in New Zealand."
ENDS
NZCTU
Te Kauae Kaimahi
The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Te Kauae Kaimahi brings together over 350,000 New Zealand union members in 40 affiliated unions. We are the united voice for working people and their families in New Zealand.
Contact New Zealand Council of Trade Unions
Website:
Twitter:
YouTube:
Phone:
Facebook:
Physical Address:
Level 7, West Block, Education House, 178 Willis St, Wellington.
Media Contact:
huiaw@nzctu.org.nz
Postal Address:
PO Box 6645, Marion Square, Wellington 6141.

Next in New Zealand politics

On Whether This Election Is Already A Foregone Conclusion
By: Gordon Campbell
Newshub-Reid Research Poll Shows National Rising But Labour Still Governing Alone
By: Mediaworks
SFO Files Charges In Relation To NZ First Foundation Donations
By: Serious Fraud Office
Business Leaders’ Confidence Tanks As Top Kiwi CEOs Vent Their Frustrations
By: New Zealand Media and Entertainment
Taking Action To Reduce Waste And Plastics
By: New Zealand Labour Party
On Last Night’s Leaders Debate
By: Gordon Campbell
Dunne Speaks: The Election Campaign Just Grinds Slowly On And On
By: Peter Dunne
Electoral Commission: Candidate And Party Lists Released
By: Electoral Commission
National Releases Its Plan To Restore NZ’s Prosperity
By: New Zealand National Party
The 2020 New Zealand Election Is Not A Foregone Conclusion.
By: Keith Rankin
Overseas Voting Starts On Wednesday
By: Electoral Commission
Politicians To Go Head To Head On Education Issues In Election Debate
By: NZEI Te Riu Roa
New Zealand First Fully Exonerated Of All SFO Charges
By: New Zealand First Party
Links to two judgments in the SFO's NZ First Foundation case
By: New Zealand High Court
Green Party Responds To NZ First Foundation SFO Charges
By: Green Party
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILE © Scoop Media