E tū has 5,700 members in Engineering and Infrastructure who do a wide range of jobs. We represent people working in construction, boiler making, air conditioning, boatbuilding, scaffolding and joinery – and pretty much anything else that involves heavy fabrication or building. We also have members working in timber production and forestry.
E tū Engineering and Infrastructure members work for companies like Fitzroy Engineering, Wormald, Fletcher Construction and Fletcher Steel, Chubb, James Hardie, Otis and Schindler elevator companies, Carter Holt Harvey, Kinleith Mill, Orora Packaging, Nelson Pine, Daiken, and Juken.
The construction boom
At the moment, there are two big drivers of construction growth in New Zealand – housing for Auckland’s growing population and the Canterbury rebuild. These huge projects are vital for New Zealand’s social and economic progress and it’s important that the workers are getting a fair deal as well. New Zealand has welcomed migrant workers to help with these big tasks but they can be particularly vulnerable to exploitation. That’s why unionising the migrant workforce is a key objective for E tū in the construction industry.