The Council of Trade Unions is concerned by some of the quarterly Labour Market Statistics released today and calls on
the Government to do more to support working people, particularly Māori, Pasifika and women.
CTU Economist Andrea Black wants to see the Government do more. "These statistics show that the COVID wage subsidy has
been successful in keeping people in work."
"But as expected there are more people both unemployed and under-employed. It is important to note that within the
headline data women - are disproportionally effected. While the unemployment rate overall is 5.3%; unpacked this is 4.8%
for men and 5.8% for women. For underemployment - or underutilisation - while the overall rate is 13.2% for men it is
10.6% and for women it is 16.2%."
"It is also important to note that even in good times the unemployment rates for Māori and Pasifika are higher than for
Pakeha. This trend continues with Māori unemployment rate of 8.8% and Pasifika at 8.1%."
"What is the Government doing to specifically target supporting Māori, Pasifika and women? The shovel ready projects
need to both ensure that these groups have access to that employment as well as reconsider what is the key
infrastructure for the economy and society."
"The introduction of Fair Pay Agreements is part of the package of solutions which would assist in addressing this
"We want to see the Government invest resources into social infrastructure. Social infrastructure is the bedrock on
which physical infrastructure and financial activity rests. Its focus is keeping us healthy, nurtured, and able to reach
our potential as human beings. COVID-19 has exposed that our social infrastructure is as undervalued and in as poor
repair as our physical infrastructure."
"Women - particularly Māori and Pasifika women - are disproportionately represented in the provision of social
infrastructure. For example, early childhood teachers, midwives, and care workers have been very clear they are more
than ready to step up and provide more of this vital infrastructure. Further Government investment is critical." Black