Members in action

Allied Press journalists strike

More than 70 members working as journalists and in print distribution took 24-hour strike action with pickets outside the Otago Daily Times in Dunedin to win pay rises to bring their wages in line with industry rates.

Fletchers Reinforcing members ratify

In September, members ratified their new two-year collective agreement with an 8% total pay rise and $1000 of backpay.

Hospital workers prepare for pay talks

E tū Compass members and those directly employed at Pukekohe Hospital met up in October for their Biennial Membership Meeting and to plan for their upcoming hospital pay talks which start in early 2024.

OCS cleaners reject zero increase

Cleaners working for OCS at Auckland Airport’s domestic terminal took strike action in August to protest their employer’s zero pay offer. OCS is part of the multi-employer collective agreement for commercial cleaners, and the companies have been delaying bargaining. Not good enough!

IDEA Services Wellington delegates come together

Delegates attended training in our new E tū office in October to learn about bargaining, growing power at their workplace and planning for how to best achieve that.

30-year membership milestone for hospital delegate

Senior cleaner and delegate Sally Hook (second from right) with fellow union members and colleagues celebrates more than 30 years of union membership at Wairoa Hospital, where she’s worked for 52 years!

Pay equity power at the laundromat

Pacific Home Care members got creative and ducked into a laundromat on a rainy night in Ōtara for their pay equity meeting, after the venue they’d planned to meet at wasn’t open on time.

Fisher & Paykel members’ first pickets in decade

Members took to the picket line for the first time in around 20 years to protest proposed changes after collective agreement negotiations broke down.

First focus group for rangatahi

In September, seven young people, aged 15 to 21, were invited along for our first-ever focus group held in Ōtautahi Christchurch to discuss how we can best reach our young people when it comes to all things union. We plan to use their feedback to inform a new Rangatahi Strategy. One participant, 18, said: “Young people are some of the most exploited in the workplace and so it’s great to know that unions are looking out for us.”

Graphic Packaging members win after week-long strike

Around 60 members at the Auckland packaging company were “elated” to win a decent 9% increase on all pay rates and allowances in their new two-year collective agreement. Delegate Stephen Meredith said the strike also grew union membership, delegates, and brought everyone much closer together. “We realised we do have power,” he said. “And united, we’ve got a lot of power.”

FMI workers take action

FMI workers in Auckland went out on strike, with the company refusing to improve a totally inadequate offer. Their boss donated $500,000 to the National Party this year, so he has the money to pay his workers properly! Instead, he has locked them out for two weeks in the lead up to Christmas, but the workers are still standing tall.

Water workers sign agreement ahead of water reform programme

E tū and other unions that cover people working in the industry have ratified a brand new collective agreement that would cover multiple unions and employers if the previous Government’s water reform programme (formerly known as Three Waters) was to go ahead. It’s a modern approach that is much needed in the industry, and we call on the new Government to preserve this model.

E tū rallies for cleaners in Philadelphia

Security guard and E tū leader Rosey Ngakopu stood in solidarity with the city’s cleaners when she attended the UNI Global World Congress in August. The cleaners, who belong to SEIU, have now won an 18.6% pay increase over the next four years.