The CTU is launching a new campaign today as part of their ongoing Fairness At Work.
Things Just Got Tougher is about the new employment laws that start today, April 1. You may have seen the newspaper adverts or heard the radio ads.
Here are the campaign aims (video at bottom):
What We Want
Working people and their unions across New Zealand are seeking the following changes to ensure everyone enjoys fairness at work.
Rights at Work
- We express our strong condemnation of the attacks on rights at work.
- We call on employers to ensure that all workers have the right to appeal against unfair dismissal.
- We seek guarantees that workers can maintain access to unions on terms that are not less favourable than have applied in recent years.
- We demand that employers do not seek to undermine good faith in collective bargaining in ways that bypass union representation.
- We call on the Government to lift the minimum wage to at least $15 an hour.
- We express our strong opposition to price increases including higher GST and demand that wage increases take account of the higher cost of living.
- We reject employment laws that undermine job security – such as the 90-day no rights provision.
- We demand that the Government takes more action to reduce the high number of people are unemployed.
- We call on the Government to protect our public services, not sell assets that belong to the people, and support our public servants rather than attack them.
- We call on political parties to promote policies that provide fairness at work and decent jobs for all including strong public services, all workers have the right to appeal against unfair dismissal, workers access to unions, a minimum wage of at least $15 an hour and improved collective bargaining rights.