Three cheers for our essential workers

Lifewise homecare support workers, who provide essential care at home to those in the community who need it, won their first collective in April, after four months of strikes and pickets on the roadside


Our postal workers have kept the wheels of our society turning during long periods of lockdown. Workers in Auckland celebrated World Post Day in October.


E tū members work right across the aviation industry – one that has been hit hardest by COVID-19. While too many members lost their jobs, many have remained as essential workers at the very forefront of COVID-19 health and safety issues, such as PPE, vaccinations, and border control.


Getting into the spirit at a Ngā Puna Whai Oranga hui – E tū’s new worker leadership programme in health and safety, sponsored by ACC. E tū ran six successful hui for manufacturing workers this year and the programme continues in 2022 with workplace workshops.


This year, E tū launched our network for migrants and former refugees. Essential work is a key part of the programme – many of our fellow members from those communities work in all sorts of essential jobs. We are lucky to have them supporting and protecting Aotearoa.


Rosey Ngakopu is a security guard who has worked in a number of roles right through the pandemic. She’s also been a union and community leader in our campaigns for Fair Pay Agreements, the Living Wage, and income-related rent subsidies. Go Rosey!


IDEA Services workers, like these delegates, look after people with intellectual disabilities and help them to live happy and meaningful lives. That doesn’t stop over lockdown, and E tū members can be proud of IDEA Services workers and others in the community support sector for their important service.