web analytics

CTU launches online tool for reporting bad employers

Written By: - Date published: 9:24 am, March 30th, 2020 - 27 comments
Categories: Economy, uncategorized, Unions, workers' rights - Tags: ,

The Council of Trade Unions has launched an online tool allowing employees to log complaints against ill treatment by employers during the Covid-19 lockdown.

From Rob Stock at Stuff:

The Council of Trade Unions has launched an online register for workers who have been shoddily-treated by their employers following the outbreak of Covid-19 to log their complaints.

“We continue to hear really concerning reports of unacceptable behaviour by some employers,” said CTU President Richard Wagstaff.

“I do want to stress that the majority of employers are doing the right thing, they are looking after their employees and following the clear guidance from the government. But unfortunately this is not universally the case.”

This video sets out what workers’ expectations are.

The site Covid-19 and your rights can be accessed here.

27 comments on “CTU launches online tool for reporting bad employers ”

  1. Tiger Mountain 1

    Good to have a centralised info store and share experiences on this. Union organisers are encountering increasing permutations of factors in dealing with the Level 4 situation. e.g. a case I know of at NZ post where a supervisor is stopping several workers from home work or leave on pay–the kids are being looked after by different caregivers each day as partners are essential workers–not on! And the advertised childcare in that region is just not a happening thing.

    It is interesting also to see our self employed, small and SME operators, aspirationals, tradies, and others that normally spit on welfare recipients, with their hands out! And so they should of course, and maybe some will adjust their attitudes a bit perhaps in future.

    • Climaction 1.1

      Fuck you. Those people are employers and the backbone of the nations economy. An economy decimated by fiat in an attempt to disrupt a virus.

      but hey, they deserve derision as they own capital right? What a wanker.

      [Please watch your language, thanks – Incognito]

      • Incognito 1.1.1

        See my Moderation note @ 8:42 AM.

      • Chris 1.1.2

        So you're saying that it's okay for someone to spit on the poor with toxic attitudes if they're an employer because 'employers are the backbone of the nation'? I don't know if that's what you mean but if you go back and have a look at what you're responding to that's pretty much what you've said.

        • The Al1en

          And quite a few of these employers routinely pay their staff the minimum wage and whinge and moan every time it goes up.

          If they truly are the back bone of the nation they're not very good at doing their jobs if an ultra low wage economy is their means of providing it.

          • infused

            Even my skilled employees are saying what the fuck to the min wage increase. Everytime it is increased, you are marginalising skilled workers even further. If you want to earn more, you need to up skill.

            The min wage increase coming is going to sink a lot of jobs.

        • new view

          No Chris. Tiger Mountain is generalising in an unclear way as you well know, and he doesn't quite include all employers with that part of his comment.

          "It is interesting also to see our self employed, small and SME operators, aspirationals, tradies, and others that normally spit on welfare recipients, with their hands out! And so they should of course, and maybe some will adjust their attitudes a bit perhaps in future."

          Those on this forum who generally look upon employers with distain will note that after the Virus has done its work they will all want to go back to work to find employer numbers depleted, as many won't survive. Some of those who think this way, can go straight onto the unemployment benefit as their jobs will no longer exist. Whether you like it or not its their effort that enabled them to buy or create their business. Some are good employers some are not. It's like parenting isn't it. Some do it well and some shouldn't be allowed to breed.

          • Tiger Mountain

            Firstly, my comment was based on decades worth of anecdotes, observations, agreement negotiations, disputes, conversations and plain old life experience in New Zealand over many years. I have a reasonable understanding of exactly how the groups I named typically view beneficiaries–with disdain–particularly following the 1990s Shipley era “dob in a bludger” TV ads which officially sanctioned “othering” of certain citizens. The essential neo liberal division of “deserving and underserving” poor.

            You do not have to make shit up when it comes to the degrading of Social Security, once a respected part of the Welfare State–John Key’s mother was on a Widows Benefit! A generation later Key as glorious leader, was saying beneficiaries “need a kick in the pants”…

            Secondly, the old myth of the “hardworking kiwi” is likely to be turned on its head in the next few months. It seems the service economy is not as resilient as the productive sector after all. Employers, and finance capital do not create wealth–it is the physical and intellectual labour of the worlds workers that do that.

          • Chris

            I was responding to Climaction not Tiger Mountain.

  2. RedBaronCV 2

    Excellent – lets hope this and any ongoing costs legal costs are funded by the government and recovered from the employer.

    Why should employees have to chase their rights one by one through the employment tribunals and put a target on their back in terms of applying for future jobs.

    It will take a big attitude adjustment in this country for employers to stop doing pretty much what they feel like.

    • Tiger Mountain 2.1

      Not to overstate the case when many are searching for feel good factors…but…since the 1991 Employment Contracts Act, and subsequent lowered union density, NZ Employers have had it all their way for nearly 30 years.

      Employment related costs from training, professional development to safety equipment etc. have all been loaded onto largely underpaid workers who are meant to be grateful! Productivity and wage increases substantially parted company years ago if you check out Treasury graphs. Sod that, when this epidemic is hopefully under control in a year or so, the price of being allowed to operate at all for employers should at the very least be Scandinavian style social democracy. And the rate things are going worldwide, full socialism looks increasingly possible.

      • RedBaronCV 2.1.1

        Agreed except for the year or two. Those huge wages at the top need to be repurposed pretty promptly.Union support should be a given whether or not workers have been paying a subscription. The costs could be funded by a government grant and employer penalties. If we let all the is roll on for longer the attitudes become even more entrenched. Seats on boards too – starting with the companies with some government ownership.

  3. Muttonbird 3

    It would be good to have something like this for renters also.

    • RedBaronCV 3.1

      I'd far rather the the $1 billion or so that is paid out in accommodation supplements was directed towards home ownership for the many so renting reverted back to the transitory marginal situation it used to be.

      • Muttonbird 3.1.1

        Until that happens tenants need protection from dodgy landlords.

      • Chris 3.1.2

        Yes, the focus generally should on home ownership. There are towns, for example, where there's little work therefore high unemployment, and relatively cheap houses for sale, which add up to high demand for rental properties and proportionately high rent. In situations like this beneficiaries are paying more in rent than what mortgage repayments would be. Beneficiaries are often the best budgeters because they have to be. It's ridiculous people in this situation aren't given the opportunity to own their own home.

      • RosieLee 3.1.3

        Accommodation supplements wouldn't be needed if rents were reasonable and controlled. If more rental housing was built and provided by the state. If residential rentals weren't part of the property speculation boom. If CGT were levied on all but the family home. If. If. If. it ain't gonna happen as long as we have neoliberal governments.

      • Gabby 3.1.4

        I'd rather it went into state owned rentals, so people who are never going to earn or save much don't have to choose between crippling debt and extortionate rent.

        • CrimzonGhost

          Gabby if state continually builds state homes and brings in interest free/low interest State Advances Corporation home loans again, institutes rent-to-buy, co-equity model and a home saving scheme similar to Kiwisaver with first home buyers provisos transferred from Kiwisaver to ‘Homesaver’ that would enable many more kiwis to get foot in door to own home. It doesn’t have to be one or the other but hybrid. Renting with a guaranteed path to ownership.

    • Jimmy 3.2

      and landlords

  4. Cinny 4

    What a great resource.

    Shout out to one of my employers (I work 2 jobs) who has been amazing. The true blue boss even rang in the weekend to check we were ok and to assure us that we will be getting paid next week and have a job to go back to.

    He also heaped praise on the PM and told me he was going to vote for Jacinda, the first time he has ever voted labour. He went on to say, thank god simon is not PM right now. I almost fell off my chair.

  5. mac1 5

    I'm presuming that's not Mr Talley?

  6. phantom snowflake 6

    Another option; designed specifically for workers in the Hospitality industry, is the Raise the Bar campaign:


    "Time's up for shitty hospo bosses!"

  7. Foreign waka 7

    Time to get universal income on the table that would not cost billions of corporate benefits. I hear of people being made redundant and the company claims subsidy, people whose boss is overseas and cant be bothered but shutting shop anyways, staff being told that the subsidy will help to support the higher waged as they are working (?!) but they will not get paid if they don't work. I hope the new site will prevent fraud on a major scale.

    Time to instate a universal income. Time to change and to make NZ more resilient against exploitation on many levels.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • NZ announces a third P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    The Government has deployed a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea, announced Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “New Zealand has long supported ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Pacific trade and development agreement a reality
    Pacific regional trade and development agreement PACER Plus will enter into force in 60 days now that the required eight countries have ratified it. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the announcement that the Cook Islands is the eighth nation to ratify this landmark agreement. “The agreement represents ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Securing a pipeline of teachers
    The Government is changing its approach to teacher recruitment as COVID-19 travel restrictions continue, by boosting a range of initiatives to get more Kiwis into teaching. “When we came into Government, we were faced with a teacher supply crisis,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “Over the past three years, we ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Border exceptions for a small number of international students with visas
    The Government has established a new category that will allow 250 international PhD and postgraduate students to enter New Zealand and continue their studies, in the latest set of border exceptions. “The health, safety and wellbeing of people in New Zealand remains the Government’s top priority. Tight border restrictions remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • First COVID-19 vaccine purchase agreement signed
    The Government has signed an agreement to purchase 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 750,000 people – from Pfizer and BioNTech, subject to the vaccine successfully completing all clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand, say Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods and Health Minister Chris Hipkins. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • International statement – End-to-end encryption and public safety
    We, the undersigned, support strong encryption, which plays a crucial role in protecting personal data, privacy, intellectual property, trade secrets and cyber security.  It also serves a vital purpose in repressive states to protect journalists, human rights defenders and other vulnerable people, as stated in the 2017 resolution of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Ministry of Defence Biodefence Assessment released
    The Ministry of Defence has today released a Defence Assessment examining Defence’s role across the spectrum of biological hazards and threats facing New Zealand. Biodefence: Preparing for a New Era of Biological Hazards and Threats looks at how the NZDF supports other agencies’ biodefence activities, and considers the context of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020
    New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020 Hon David Parker’s response following Thomas Piketty and Esther Duflo. Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening, wherever in the world you might be. I first acknowledge the excellent thought provoking speeches of Thomas Piketty and Esther ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Kaipara Moana restoration takes next step
    A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed today at Waihāua Marae between the Crown, local iwi and councils to protect, restore and enhance the mauri of Kaipara Moana in Northland. Environment Minister David Parker signed the document on behalf of the Crown along with representatives from Ngā Maunga Whakahī, Ngāti ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand and Uruguay unite on reducing livestock production emissions
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Uruguayan Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries Carlos María Uriarte have welcomed the launch of a three-year project that will underpin sustainable livestock production in Uruguay, Argentina, and Costa Rica.  The project called ‘Innovation for pasture management’ is led by Uruguay’s National Institute of Agricultural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • 3100 jobs created through marae upgrades
    Hundreds of marae throughout the country will be upgraded through investments from the Provincial Growth Fund’s refocused post COVID-19 funding to create jobs and put money into the pockets of local tradespeople and businesses, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta have announced. “A total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Health volunteers recognised in annual awards
    Health Minister Chris Hipkins has announced 9 teams and 14 individuals are the recipients of this year’s Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.  “The health volunteer awards celebrate and recognise the thousands of dedicated health sector volunteers who give many hours of their time to help other New Zealanders,” Mr Hipkins ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community COVID-19 Fund supports Pacific recovery
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says a total of 264 groups and individuals have successfully applied for the Pacific Aotearoa Community COVID-19 Recovery Fund, that will support Pacific communities drive their own COVID-19 recovery strategies, initiatives, and actions. “I am keen to see this Fund support Pacific ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community benefits from Māori apprenticeships
    Up to 50 Māori apprentices in Wellington will receive paid training to build houses for their local communities, thanks to a $2.75 million investment from the Māori Trades and Training Fund, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Ngāti Toa Rangatira Incorporated to provide its Ngā Kaimahi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Training fund supports Māori jobseekers
    Rapidly growing sectors will benefit from a $990,000 Māori Trades and Training Fund investment which will see Wellington jobseekers supported into work, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Sapphire Consultants Ltd. to help up to 45 Māori jobseekers into paid training initiatives over two years through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ruakura Inland Port development vital infrastructure for Waikato
    The Government is investing $40 million to develop an inland port at Ruakura which will become a freight super-hub and a future business, research and residential development for the Waikato, Urban Development and Transport Minister Phil Twyford, and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today. The funding has been has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Appointments made to Defence Expert Review Group
    Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today the establishment of an Expert Review Group to review a number of aspects of the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) structure, information management and record-keeping processes.  The Expert Review Group’s work arises out of the first recommendation from the Report of the Government’s Inquiry ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • No active community cases of COVID-19
    There are no active community cases of COVID-19 remaining in the country after the last people from the recent outbreak have recovered from the virus, Health Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “This is a big milestone. New Zealanders have once again through their collective actions squashed the virus. The systems ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Clean energy upgrade for more public buildings
    More public buildings will be supported by the Government to upgrade to run on clean energy, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced today. Minister Shaw announced that Lincoln and Auckland universities will receive support through the Clean-Powered Public Service Fund to replace fossil fuel boilers. Southern, Taranaki, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Schools back donations scheme for the second year
    More schools have opted in to the donations scheme for 2021, compared to 2020 when the scheme was introduced. “The families of more than 447,000 students will be better off next year, with 94% of eligible schools and kura opting into the scheme,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “This is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ruapehu cycle trails gets PGF boost
    The spectacular Mountains to Sea cycle trail in Ruapehu District will receive $4.6 million in funding from the Provincial Growth Fund for two additional trails, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This is an exciting development for the local community, and one that will provide significant economic opportunities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Update to air border order strengthens crew requirements
    Additional measures coming into effect on Monday will boost our defence against COVID-19 entering New Zealand through the air border, Health Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “As part of our precautionary approach and strategy of constant review, we’re tightening the requirements around international aircrew,” Chris Hipkins said. The COVID-19 Public ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • A true picture of Māori business activity
    A better picture of the contribution Māori businesses make to the economy will be possible with changes to the way information is collected about companies and trading enterprises. Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash have announced a new option for Māori enterprises who are part ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF funding for Taranaki projects
    The South Taranaki museum, a New Plymouth distillery and a Pasifika building firm will benefit from a Government investment totalling more than $1 million, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. The $1.05m in grants and loans from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will help the recipients expand and create ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Fijian Language Week 2020 inspires courage and strength during COVID-19 pandemic
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says the theme for the 2020 Fijian Language Week reflects the strong belief by Fijians that their language and culture inspires courage and strength that is strongly needed in times of emergencies, or through a significant challenge like the global COVID-19 pandemic ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Trades training builds on iwi aspirations
    An investment of $2.025 million from the Māori Trades and Training Fund will support Māori to learn new skills while making a positive difference for their communities, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “K3 Development Limited Partnership will receive $2,025,000 for its Takitimu Tuanui apprenticeship programme, which will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Conservation Minister plants two millionth tree in Raglan restoration
    A long-term conservation project led by the Whaingaroa Harbour Care group in the western Waikato reaches a significant milestone this week, with the planting of the two millionth tree by the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. “Planting the two millionth tree crowns 25 years of commitment and partnership involving Whaingaroa ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Seniors – our parents and grandparents
    International Older Persons Day is a chance to think about the individual older New Zealanders we know and to confront ageism, Seniors Minister Tracey Martin said today. “What happened around COVID-19 is a reminder that our over-65s are a very large and diverse group of people and we need to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago