The communications industry sector covers workers in electrocommunications, postal and logisticswork, printing and the media.

We represent 8,000 members covered by over 200 collective agreements.


We represent workers in telecommunications including call centres, electrical lines maintenance and internet service providers.

E tū members work at Transfield, Northpower, Downer EDI Engeering, Tenix, the New Zealand Transport Agency, Contact Energy and Sitel.

We fight for fair pay and conditions across the industry, and have campaigned on the need for proper re‐investment in the copper network and stable, skilled jobs as Chorus transitions to ultra‐fast broadband.

Postal and logistics

We represent workers in jobs like mail processing and sorting, postal delivery, logistics, express and road transport.

In addition to over 2,500 NZ Post members (in delivery, mail processing, ECL and retail), we also cover companies like TNL, Ezibuy, Kiwibank and NZ Bus.

We’ve fought hard for fair pay and conditions in times of massive uncertainty, especially at NZ Post.We campaign against moves to contract out work which should be done by permanent employees with good, secure jobs.

Our members consistently get pay rises which keep them ahead of inflation and the cost of living.

Print and Media

We represent commercial printers, journalists and broadcasters.

E tū Print & Media members work at media organisations like Fairfax, Radio New Zealand, TVNZ, the Otago Daily Times and NZME, and print companies like PMP Print, Webstar and ABNote.

We fight for fair pay and conditions across the industry, especially in these times of great change for both print and media. We campaign on issues of journalistic freedom and stood in global solidarity with other journalists’ unions following the attack on Charlie Hebdo in France in 2015.

We provide press cards, and a universal code of ethics for journalists included in E tū’s Rules.

Read more about the journalists’ code of ethics. [link]

We offer membership to freelance journalists.

Media Freedom Network

Our Media Freedom Network brings together organisations and individuals committed to news media freedom and the safety of journalists and other workers.

Subscribe to updates from the Media Freedom Network.

If you’re in the communications industry, join E tū for a fair deal at work.

International affiliations

We are affiliated with UNI Global and work closely with the Australian Electrical Trades Union, and the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union. Our journalist members are affiliated to the International Federation of Journalists, and we work closely with the Australian Media,Entertainment and Arts Alliance

Members of the Communications Industry Council.



E tū urges delay to Top Energy job cuts

E tū is seeking a halt to Top Energy’s plan to cut jobs, after a linesman suffered serious injuries in an incident in Kaitaia on Saturday. 

The person is in Whangarei Hospital after falling from a ladder onto a Top Energy vehicle, whilst doing urgent repair work at the height of the weekend storm.

E tū calls for inquiry into ultra-fast broadband build

E tū is calling for an inquiry into the ultra-fast broadband network after more complaints of shoddy installation work.

In a case dubbed “fibre to the throne”, wiring for a UFB connection has been draped over a toilet, which technicians say is potentially dangerous.

E tū Industry Coordinator, Joe Gallagher says it’s the latest example of poor quality work which is threatening the integrity of the network.

Journalists union welcomes draft decision to reject NZME-Fairfax merger

The journalists’ union, E tū has welcomed the draft determination by the Commerce Commission, rejecting the merger of NZME and Fairfax.

The draft determination says the Commission is not satisfied the merger wouldn’t substantially reduce competition in the New Zealand media market; nor that it would be in the public interest.

The Commission also cites concerns the merger would drive up prices for newspapers and advertising, and could compromise content quality.

Auckland airport “clutter” on tarmac hazardous for workers and passengers

E tū says a failure to invest properly in Auckland International Airport is creating chaos on the tarmac and a poor quality experience for visitors.

At yesterday’s AGM, the Airport CEO Adrian Littlewood brushed off concerns about the use of buses to take passengers to flight gates.

But E tū’s Head of Aviation, Kelvin Ellis says the concerns are well-founded.

Chorus move to Visionstream a risk to job conditions and future fibre services

E tū says confirmation by Chorus today that Visionstream will take over the fibre installation work from Downer is a further nail in the coffin of the network’s quality.


Downer revealed in August that it would not retender for any more work laying fibre for Chorus.