Written By: - Date published: 10:36 pm, July 27th, 2020 - 19 comments
There is no blueprint for building a stronger more effective trade union movement. There are many, who each and every day wake up and do exactly that.
Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, October 11th, 2016 - 13 comments
UNITE Union members have won big following the banning of zero-hour contracts.
Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, March 11th, 2016 - 37 comments
Iain Lees-Galloway’s speech celebrating the end of zero hour contracts with a special thanks to the Unite Union, the Council of Trade Unions, the Greens and New Zealand First, Marama Fox, even Peter Dunne, and even Michael Woodhouse.
Written By: - Date published: 1:11 pm, March 2nd, 2016 - 78 comments
Iain Lees-Galloway on Labour offering tentative support for the Employment Standards Legislation Bill.
Written By: - Date published: 11:39 am, September 24th, 2015 - 53 comments
We have the documents leading up to the what can only be described as a dreadful piece of law legalising employment agreements which tie workers to an employer without any of the reciprocity of guaranteed hours of work. At a time like now – where work in this country is so badly paid, with so little protection – we get this.
Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, August 15th, 2015 - 5 comments
After winning guaranteed hours for Restaurant Brands workers, UNITE has held KFC in Kaikohe to their contract.
Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, July 12th, 2015 - 30 comments
Who would have suspected that Michael Woodhouse would be completely ineffectual in cracking down on zero-hour contracts?
Written By: - Date published: 11:19 am, May 1st, 2015 - 11 comments
“When we began covering zero hours, BK, Pizza Hut, KFC, Starbucks, Carls Jr, Hell & McDonald’s all had them. Now none do. Great!”
Written By: - Date published: 1:30 pm, March 6th, 2015 - 7 comments
When Michael Woodhouse and the bosses’ lobby are talking about “workplace flexibility”, you know who’s flexing their muscles.
Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, March 5th, 2015 - 17 comments
For someone responsible for managing employment relations in New Zealand, Michael Woodhouse doesn’t seem to understand what “employment relations” means.
Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, March 5th, 2015 - 8 comments
Today is not a good day for workers. Employment law changes that take effect today weaken workers’ rights and will result in more cases of zero-hour contract “excesses”. Labour’s Iain Lees-Galloway has been doing good work on this issue (sign the petition). In contrast National’s position now appears confused, with Workplace Relations & Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse acknowledging problems even as today’s changes make matters worse.
Written By: - Date published: 10:14 am, March 4th, 2015 - 61 comments
Zero hour contracts are the logical end point of National’s agenda for employment legislation. But last night Workplace Relations & Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse promised legislation to “prohibit the worst excesses”. “Excesses” in the free market – who would have thought?
Written By: - Date published: 5:00 pm, February 12th, 2015 - 92 comments
Zero-hour contracts are the perfect illustration of when “flexibility” in employment relations goes all one way.
Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, December 17th, 2014 - 20 comments
The Meatworkers Union today launch a campaign for Jobs That Count – to try to get better conditions for these marginalised workers who face it all – seasonal work, dangerous jobs, casual and zero hours contracts and anti-union pressure.