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E tū union news – October 2023

Our election campaign is on!

Early voting opened on Monday, and E tū is campaigning hard for a worker-friendly, Labour-led Government.

We kicked off our campaign at our official election launch in Māngere last month, where Prime Minister Chris Hipkins and the Green Party reaffirmed their commitments to policies that benefit workers.

At the event, the PM also launched the party’s workplace relations policy, which includes continued regular increases to the minimum wage, paying the Living Wage to employees and contracted workers across the education and health sectors, and removing the discriminatory practice of youth and training rates.

Click here to read Labour’s 2023 workplace relations policies.


Early voting now open

You can vote anytime between now and Election Day, Saturday 14 October.

Vote early and ensure your voice is heard! The lines on Election Day can get long, and plans can change, so vote early so it’s at your convenience.

If you need any help with the voting process, email support@etu.nz or phone 0800 1 UNION (0800 186 466) and a union organiser can help you get sorted.


Election policies matter

Now that the election campaign is in full swing, the parties have announced their full list of commitments.

In the table above, you can see the stark contrast between a progressive and ambitious Labour-led Government, and a National-led Government that seems to be about supporting business and the wealthy few.

It’s clear to see where each party sits in relation to worker-friendly policies like saving Fair Pay Agreements and extending free dental care. CLICK HERE to read the full Labour Party Manifesto!


All hands on deck to get out the vote!

With less than two weeks to go until Election Day, the most important thing we can all do is make sure everyone we know is voting for a progressive, Labour-led Government.

Historically, we have seen that people who don’t vote tend to be lower paid, younger, or in ethnic minorities – just some of the communities that most need effective representatives in Parliament and progressive policy.

Get out and vote yourself, but give yourself the challenge of talking to five whānau members, friends, or workmates who might not vote or might be voting for the first time, and encourage them to ensure their voice is heard.

E tū is also running phone banks, with members calling each other to talk about the election. If you’re interested in getting involved with this or other election campaign activities, please email campaigns@etu.nz to sign up.


Final week of membership meetings

Thousands of E tū members across Aotearoa turned out for their BMM or Biennial Membership Meeting – a special membership meeting that only takes place once every two years.

At the meetings, we discussed the direction of the union, and members who attended were able to vote for the people that will represent you on our National Executive for the next two-year team.

If you came to a BMM, we would love your feedback! Click the button below to take our quick two-minute survey.


Labour, Greens commit to Living Wage for health and education

On Friday, E tū members, community, and faith-based groups came together for the Living Wage Forums in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch.

We heard from community and political leaders, with Labour and the Greens committing to extending the Living Wage to healthcare and education workers if they form the next government.

It was also the first time that we held a ‘hybrid’ forum, with live streaming between all three locations so each forum had the chance to hear from speakers in all three cities.


Fisher & Paykel members take action!

Following the breakdown of collective agreement negotiations, Fisher & Paykel members took it in turns to picket before and after their shifts this week.

Members are angry that the company came directly to them with proposed changes to their collective agreement, rather than giving the union the opportunity to do so.

Changes the employer is demanding include creating Saturday and Sunday shifts at normal pay, introducing flexible shift times, and removing the need for union approval around hiring part-time employees.

Delegate Chris Burton says it’s been more than 20 years since members took industrial action and they are feeling upset at the proposals.

“The company wants to jump the gun and go straight to the members. They say it’s their right to communicate but we said, ‘This is not the way we want to do it.’”


Open letter to launch for pay equity for care and support workers

E tū and other unions have spent the last 18 months working on a pay equity process that will resolve the issue of underpayment once and for all for the 65,000 workers across the country who do care and support mahi.

If you work in care and support, you should have had an opportunity to attend a meeting about this over the last few weeks. If not, look out for more invites coming soon.

We have nearly achieved pay equity but we need a final push. We’ll be posting an open letter later on this week – so keep an eye out on social media to sign and share.

We also need to ensure we re-elect a government that is committed to real pay equity.


New members’ meeting in October

Have you recently joined E tū? Come along to a new member welcome meeting and learn about your union and tools to support you.

All meetings take place on Zoom. Click on the link to register for a time that suits!

WHEN: Wednesday 11 October

TIME: 10am-11am: https://bit.ly/3WorOyI

TIME: 7pm-8pm: https://bit.ly/3jbwDwX


Helpful election information

Here are some links that will help you navigate the election and ensure you’re well informed when making your choices at the voting booth!

Enrol to vote, check your details, or update them

Read all of the parties’ policies in one place at policy.nz

Key information about the election from the Electoral Commission

Full Labour Party Manifesto


Upcoming events

Early voting opens: Monday 2 October

Labour Party, virtual town hall, Wednesday 4 October, 7pm. Register here!

Labour Party, virtual town hall (kids invited!) Thursday October, 10am. Register here!

World Mental Health Day: Tuesday 10 October

National Coming Out Day: Wednesday 11 October

Election Day: Saturday 14 October


Got news to share?

Get in touch with us at communications@etu.nz – we’d love to hear your stories!

E tū union news – September 2023

You’re invited to our election launch this month!

There’s a lot at stake this election, and we want to see a Labour-led Government back in power to protect the gains we’ve made for workers.

Join Prime Minister, Chris Hipkins, Deputy Prime Minister, Carmel Sepuloni, Green Party co-leader, Marama Davidson, and your E tū leaders for an afternoon of music, kai and activism!

We’ll also head out to knock on doors and talk with the local community about the importance of voting and why a Labour-led Government is vital for workers.

WHEN: Saturday 16 September
WHERE: EFKS Church, 43 Thomas Road, Māngere, Auckland
TIME: 12pm start


Remember to pledge to vote

E tū members all over Aotearoa are making clear their intention to vote in the General Election.

Make the commitment by filling our Pledge to Vote HERE (if you haven’t already), and pass it on to share with workmates, whānau, friends, and your community.

We need everyone to get out and vote for a Labour-led Government, so we can ensure our voices are heard and we keep everything that we’ve worked so hard for!


Cleaners’ strike continues

Last week, cleaners working for cleaning company OCS took strike action again – this time at Auckland Airport, with a picket outside the domestic terminal.

OCS is refusing to come to the table with a pay increase for these workers, as one of the companies in bargaining for the new cleaners’ Multi-Employer Collective Agreement (MECA).

Jacqueline Davis, one of the cleaners who went on strike, says the zero offer shows the companies don’t care about their workers.

“Personally, I think they just don’t give a damn about us. We’re nothing in their eyes, we’re just the little cleaners.

“OCS and all the other companies need to treat us with respect. If it wasn’t for us cleaners, the airport would be a hell of a mess. They need to treat us like people, we are sick of being treated like doormats.”

Strike action is planned to continue until OCS cleaners are offered a fair pay rise.


E tū leader joins international union conference

Last week, E tū leader Rosey Ngakopu, who works as a security guard in Wellington, joined UNI Global Union’s 6th World Congress and Women’s Conference in Philadelphia.

Rosey was there to talk about E tū’s Fair Pay Agreement journey – from campaigning for it to become law, to finally starting to negotiate for security guards’ first-ever FPA!

She says the conferences were eye-opening and inspiring – and now E tū members need to take action to protect FPAs.

“We are being looked up to and watched by the unions overseas for our FPA model. Now we have to save FPAs by voting for a Labour-led Government.

“We have to encourage our family and friends to put their votes forward for the parties that support workers and will put them first before profit.”


New alliance in Te Ohu Whakawhanaunga Tāmaki Makaurau

Te Ohu Whakawhanaunga Tāmaki Makaurau is a new community alliance that seeks to unite the voices of our communities to tackle some of the big problems we face in Auckland.

E tū has been a strong driver of this new alliance, which focuses on three areas – housing, decent work, and migrant, former refugee and asylum seeker issues.

Come along to help us officially launch Te Ohu Tāmaki on Wednesday 6 September, 6pm-8pm in Māngere!


Living Wage ticks over to $26 per hour

On 1 September, the Living Wage went up to the official 2023/24 rate of  $26 per hour.

This is a huge achievement and means a wage increase of almost 10%, which reflects the real cost of living increase for working families.

The rate increase comes after a rate review, which happens every five years.

People working for Living Wage Employers are now entitled to this new rate, as are thousands of workers across the public sector, where E tū has won Living Wage victories.


Diversional therapists meet in Wellington

Do you know what the role of a diversional therapist is?

Diversional and recreational therapists support people with physical and developmental disabilities, mental health challenges, and age-related conditions like dementia.

They organise and facilitate creative and engaging programmes for the clients to increase their psycho-social health.

In mid-August, E tū members working at diversional therapists joined the annual conference for workers in their profession. It was a great chance to come together, connect, and attend a range of workshops.

E tū co-president Muriel Tunoho also gave a presentation (to standing ovation!) on employment rights, including E tū members’ current fight for pay equity for care and support workers.


E tū offices on the move

Our Wellington office is now moving into the city!

From 11 September, our new Wellington office address is:

Level 12, 79 Boulcott Street

Wellington 6011

Please note that the Whangarei office is now closed permanently. If you need to get in touch with an organiser in this area, please email support@etu.nz for more info.


New to E tū? Come to a welcome meeting

Learn more about how E tū can support you, how to use our digital tools, and more!

Click on the link of your preferred time to register.

WHEN: Wednesday 11 October
TIME: 10am-11am: https://bit.ly/3WorOyI
TIME: 7pm-8pm: https://bit.ly/3jbwDwX

We use Zoom to host our meetings.


Events coming up

Auckland Te Ohu Whakawhanaunga launch – Wednesday 6 September, 6pm-8pm
Lesieli Tonga Auditorium, 143 Favona Road, Māngere
CLICK HERE to register now

E tū Election Campaign Launch – Saturday 16 September, 12pm
EFKS Church, 43 Thomas Road, Māngere, Auckland
CLICK HERE to register now

Climate Action Week – Monday 18 September to Sunday 24 September
Nationwide events, CLICK HERE for more.

Living Wage Forums – Friday 29 September, 6.30pm-8pm
Auckland: Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, 27 Galway Street, Onehunga
Wellington: St Peters on Willis, Willis Street, Wellington
Christchurch: Aldersgate Centre, 309 Durham Street, Christchurch


Got news to share?

Get in touch with us at communications@etu.nz – we’d love to hear your stories!

E tū union news – August 2023

Invite to your Biennial Membership Meetings (BMMs)

This September, you’re invited to come together with other E tū members for one of the most important events in your union’s democracy.

Every two years, your Biennial Membership Meetings (or BMMs) take place around the motu at your workplace or local community hubs, and we discuss E tū’s direction and plan for the future.

At these meetings, you’ll also elect the members who will represent your region on the E tū National Executive, which is the governing body of your union.

CLICK HERE to see the date and time of your nearest BMM – and keep an eye on your email for updates.

E tū and you – new online magazine out now!

Check out the latest edition of our online magazine!

This issue, we feature a spotlight on the aviation industry (a new magazine feature!), updates on our important campaigns, a report from our Delegate Forums, an article by Prime Minister Chris Hipkins, and much more.

CLICK HERE to read now!

Cleaners protest employers’ zero pay offer

At the end of July, E tū members working as cleaners for major cleaning companies currently bargaining for a new MECA (multi-employer collective agreement) took action after a zero offer pay rise.

Their employers – OCS, ISS, City Cleaning, PPCS, Total Property Services (TPS), Millennium, Kleenrite, Watershed, United Cleaning Services, and Westferry – refused to give workers a single cent over the minimum wage, even though in past MECAs they have paid 30 cents above this.

Auckland Airport cleaner Jackie Clark says getting no offer is stressful and workers don’t feel respected. “We have whānau to feed, rent and other bills to pay. It’s also affecting our health physically and mentally, and these cleaning companies don’t care.”

The zero-offer shows is exactly why cleaners need a Fair Pay Agreement – to stop the race to the bottom on wages. With E tū initiating Fair Pay Agreements for both cleaners and security workers, we are on track to finally be able to negotiate for what we know these essential workers really deserve!

Keep an eye out on social media for upcoming action and how you can support.

From the picket line to third collective!

Lifewise members have a new collective agreement. Ratified last week, members will now be able to take a defensive driving course and first aid courses for free. They also won the right to long service after 15 and 20 years, a $500 Pak’n’Save voucher, and a special fund to assist members taking bereavement leave has been doubled.

Delegate Maggie Greig says it’s a good outcome. “It feels really good that we’ve got the ball rolling and the momentum of improving our work conditions. It’s awesome, and it’s makes it better for the new staff coming on too. With every new collective, we’re gradually improving lives for Lifewise members.”

It shows how far Lifewise have come since members needed to take strike action in 2021/22 to win their first ever collective agreement.

Solid pay rises for packaging workers

Members at Oji Packaging at six sites around the country got a great deal for their next three-year collective agreement, winning a pay increase of 7.5% and then 5% per year after that for the term of the agreement.

Delegate Barry Jackson from Christchurch says, “it’s probably the biggest offer we’ve had in most people’s memories, and everyone was really happy.”

E tū Election campaign kicks off

We want members and workers to keep the gains that we’ve all fought so hard for – legislation like Fair Pay Agreements, 10 days’ sick leave, and decent minimum wage increases.

This General Election, we’ll be campaigning hard for a Labour-led government and we need your support.

Make sure you pledge to vote HERE, and if you’d like to be involved in our election activities, let us know.

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Leadership change from November

As most members will already be aware, E tū’s National Secretary, Bill Newson, is stepping down from his position in late November.

From then until the next Biennial Conference (where you’ll officially elect a new National Secretary), the E tū National Executive has officially endorsed E tū Co-Assistant National Secretary Rachel Mackintosh to take over Bill’s role.

New to E tū?

If you’re new to the union and would like to meet other new members and learn more about how E tū can support you, come to our next online new member meeting.

Click on the link of your preferred time below to register.

WHEN: Wednesday 30 August
10am-11am: https://bit.ly/3G3R2Ns
7pm-8pm: https://bit.ly/3WwT3Y1

We use Zoom to host our online meetings.

Need financial help?

Check out these tips from Super-Advice on how the Government can assist you to get back on track with regard to your finances.

Events coming soon…

Nationwide Living Wage Forums – 29 September, 6:30-8pm

Auckland: Venue TBC
Wellington: St Peters on Willis, Wellington
Christchurch: Aldersgate Centre, 309 Durham Street, Christchurch

Auckland Te Ohu Whakawhanaunga launch – 6 September, 6-8pm

Lesieli Tonga Auditorium, 143 Favona Road, Māngere, Auckland
CLICK HERE to register now for free

E tū union news – July 2023

Cleaners’ turn to bargain for Fair Pay Agreement

E tū members working in cleaning are thrilled their hard mahi campaigning for change has been recognised, as the government gives them the green light to start bargaining for their first Fair Pay Agreement (FPA).

This will mean that no matter which cleaning company they work for, all cleaners will have the same base pay, rights and protections on the job – even if they don’t belong to a union.

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It also means union members on collective agreements can keep bargaining for better terms and conditions.

Cleaner and mum of two Iunisi Fainga’anuku says an FPA is very important not just to her but to her whole whānau.

“[Because I’ll get paid more], it means I’ll be able to work fewer hours and spend more time with my kids. It will also help cleaners to get health and safety training – we work with lots of different chemicals and worry that they might be harmful to our health,” she says.

Your organising wins

Kone NZ

Members at elevator engineering company Kone have finally settled their latest collective agreement for another three-year term. The new agreement includes a pay increase of at least 14% over three years, and free union membership for new and existing members. Both can now claim to have their membership fees reimbursed. Now that’s a power lift!

Spotless hospital service workers

Spotless members working as kitchen and cleaning staff at Te Whatu Ora in the Bay of Islands, Kaitaia, Rotorua, Kenepuru, and Wellington hospitals, had a major win after they filed strike notices in June.

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Spotless hadn’t signed off on their collective agreements, which were ratified by members back in March. The morning before they were due to strike, the company finally signed everything off so the members could get their pay rise. Wellington members (above) were quick to celebrate!

Photo exhibition by E tū leader celebrates 20 years of gardens

E tū National Executive member, delegate, and union leader Jason Fell recently opened his latest photo exhibition, based around the university grounds where he’s worked for more than 20 years and represented E tū members as a delegate.

The exhibition, Mā ngā Karu o he Kaitiaki māra – Custodian of the Grounds, is part of the University of Auckland’s 140-year anniversary celebrations and showcases the gardens that its horticulture team, including Jason, has carefully tended over the years at various campuses.

Mā ngā Karu o he Kaitiaki māra – Custodian of the Grounds runs at Old Government House, 24 Princes Street, Auckland, until 4 August.

New law supports health and safety reps

New Zealand now has a new law that means all workers are entitled to have an election for a health and safety representative if they ask for one. Before this, smaller, “low risk” businesses could refuse this request.

Before this, most employers with fewer than 20 workers could refuse to have workers participate in their own health and safety.

In June, the Health and Safety at Work Act was amended, delivering a big win for E tū members who campaigned for the law to be changed.

Businesses now also have a to establish a health and safety committee if a health and safety rep or five or more workers ask for one.

Read more about the law amendment HERE.

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Too little sleep for cleaners on night shift, reports international survey

E tū members and cleaners around Aotearoa New Zealand were recently invited to participate in an international survey by UNI Global Union on how their work as cleaners affects their health.

Eighty-two cleaners from New Zealand responded to the survey, and 80% of those survey respondents were women.

Around 7 out of 10 cleaners who work evening or night shifts said they get too little sleep. Read the FULL REPORT HERE.

New to E tū? Meet other new members this July!

If you’re new to E tū or just want to learn more about your union, join us at a new online member meeting this month.

You can also check out your new members’ page here.

WHEN: Wednesday 19 July
TIME: 10am-11am

REGISTER: https://bit.ly/3BMuxdv

WHEN: Wednesday 19 July
TIME: 7pm-8pm
REGISTER: https://bit.ly/3Wn7U72

Got news to share?

Get in touch with us at communications@etu.nz – we’d love to hear your stories!

E tū union news – June 2023

Government gives green light for security guards’ FPA

“Like a dream come true” is how security guard and E tū FPA campaigner Rosey Ngakopu described the moment she heard that security guards across Aotearoa New Zealand will now be able to start bargaining for their first-ever Fair Pay Agreement (FPA).

At the end of May, the Government gave the green light to members’ application to negotiate an FPA for security guards

after thousands of workers signed on to initiate it. This is huge for E tū members who have campaigned for years to get FPAs into law and will now be able to bargain with an employer representative to put down minimum standards and conditions for all security guards. CLICK HERE to see our members’ FPA journey from start to finish.

E tū members put hard questions to MPs

Ka pai to our members in Auckland and Wellington who put important questions about their industry issues to our Government at the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (NZCTU) Government Forum, where workers and ministers came together for an evening of kōrero and workshops last week.

Members asked ministers about a range of vital issues, including pay equity, the cost of living, Just Transition, and the Living Wage in the public sector – a unique
opportunity to talk directly to ministers about what matters.

The forum also highlighted the importance of voting at this year’s General Election, in order to keep the gains we’ve won – like Fair Pay Agreements and to get our equal pay settlement for care and support workers finalised. Check out some of our snaps from the night HERE.

Your organising wins

Visy Glass

In March, Visy Glass members settled their latest collective agreement, after almost a year of bargaining. Bargaining at Visy Glass is done by the delegate team, with the support of a union organiser.

By negotiating this way, it means everyone around the table has a better understanding of what’s going on and the jobs that members do, says delegate Gerard Peters. “Even though it might be a bit scary, because you’re talking to management and you have to work with them day in and day out, you get to know each other better.”

Te Whatu Ora service workers

Since mid-May, Te Whatu Ora members working as orderlies and cleaners at Counties Manukau and Waitematā now have access to shoe vouchers, so they can buy their own shoes and choose from a bigger range than was previously supplied.

This win comes after a huge organising effort by delegates, including a survey.

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A delegate at Waitākere Hospital, Barbara, says her members are “rapt”. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

Delegate Forums wrap up

More than 700 delegates around the country came together for 25 Delegate Forums over the last couple of months.

Alongside our campaigns for a Just Transition and equal pay, a big focus for the forums was the union wins at stake in the General Election on October 23, such as Fair Pay Agreements law.

If you haven’t yet pledged to vote in this year’s election, take the pledge now! We’ve also got posters you can put up in your workplaces to get the word out about how important it is to make your voice heard. If you’d like posters for your workplace, email communications@etu.nz and we’ll get some out to you.

NZ Steel Mill moving on climate

E tū delegates are calling for a Just Transition at New Zealand Steel. In the first plan of its kind, the Government is contributing up to $140 million to the company’s mill in Glenbrook so it can purchase an electric furnace and make 50% of its steel from recycling scrap.

Estimated to reduce carbon emissions by the same amount as taking all the passenger cars in Christchurch off the road, E tū delegate Lester Udy says the move signals “exciting times” ahead for industry.

However, both Lester and E tū are clear that any changes to workers’ jobs means that they’ll need a Just Transition, a chance to up skill or transition without losing pay or conditions. CLICK HERE to read more.

New member welcome meetings reminder

If you’re new to E tū or just want to learn more about your union, you’re more than welcome to join us at a new member meeting. You can also check out your new members’ page here.

WHEN: Wednesday 19 July
TIME: 10am-11am

REGISTER: https://bit.ly/3BMuxdv

WHEN: Wednesday 19 July
TIME: 7pm-8pm
REGISTER: https://bit.ly/3Wn7U72

Got news to share?

Get in touch with us at communications@etu.nz – we’d love to hear your stories!

E tū union news – May 2023

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Delegate Forums kick off around the country

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Just after Easter, our annual Delegate Forums started around the country – the first time we’ve been able to hold them face to face for more than three years!

Our Delegate Forums are open to all E tū delegates and are a chance to catch up on everything that’s been going on at E tū, especially our major campaigns.

This year, we’ve talked about things like Fair Pay Agreements for security guards and cleaners, pay equity for care and support workers, and a Just Transition for all members affected by changes in industry due to climate change and technology.

Are you interested in becoming a delegate? Check out our delegate page here!

From ‘stuff all’ to good stuff – your organising wins

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Stuff members who work as journalists have now seen the fruits of their hard strike mahi last year with a decent pay rise of 6.8% and the reintroduction of a stepped pay scale. It’s the first time in years journalists have gone on strike, and it all paid off!

McCallum Industries members working at a food manufacturing plant in Henderson, Auckland, got a $1.60 an hour pay boost and 7.2% on allowances in their most recent collective agreement signed in March.

Members at Cordis Hotel have won some great new clauses in their collective, including a new family violence clause and one that means new employees need to be shown their collective and how to join the union. All current members are now paid at the 2022/23 Living Wage rate as a minimum, backpaid to February.

A strike notice by Oji Fibre members in Penrose resulted their company filing a lockout notice but was successfully resolved with mediation and a good outcome for members with 6% in their next one-year collective agreement.

First FPAs for security guards and cleaners on the way

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In March and April, security guards and cleaners sent through thousands of signatures to start the ball rolling for their Fair Pay Agreements. News about our FPAs has also made it around the world!

After the Fair Pay Agreements law was passed in October 2022, E tū members campaigned for months, encouraging workers to sign a document saying they wanted to initiate to begin bargaining an FPA.

Each group needed to collect more than 1000 signatures from their fellow security guards and cleaners.

Now these have been sent through to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), the signatures will be checked and verified. Then the next stage of the process can begin – drawing up claims to take to the bargaining table!

What’s an FPA?

A Fair Pay Agreement is an agreement that is bargained by unions (representing workers) and employer representatives to set minimum standards across occupations or industries, for example, security or cleaning.

For workers, it means that no matter which company they work for, they’ll all have the same minimum pay, conditions, health and safety requirements, and whatever else we are able to negotiate.

Other unions have so far filed for an FPA for bus drivers and hospitality workers. But there’s also potential for FPAs to benefit many other occupations and industries in future.

Pay equity promise for care and support workers

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In April, pay equity meetings for E tū, PSA, and NZNO members kicked off around the country to update members about their pay equity claim, which will benefit all workers once it’s settled.

In July 2022, the unions filed a pay equity claim against 15 employers across the sector to assess whether the current pay rates for care and support workers are fair.

The claim compares their jobs with a job of similar responsibility and skill done by workers in male-dominated industries, as care and support workers have long been undervalued and underpaid.

The last pay equity claim, which was settled in 2017, led to historic pay rises of up to 50% which transformed the lives of our members.

Election 2023: Real change starts with us

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The election is coming around fast! We want to make sure issues for our members heard, and a big part of this is encouraging our members to vote.

This year we’ve prepared a simple pledge form for you and your whānau to commit to voting. Click here to take the pledge!

Welcoming new E tū members

To strengthen our union and create active leaders, E tū is running online welcome meetings for our new members around every six weeks.

On each call, we also have organisers, E tū leaders, and other members of the E tū team on hand to answer your questions and provide inspiration.

If you are new to E tū, or just want to learn more about your union, you’re more than welcome to join us at a new member meeting. You can also check out your new members page here.

WHEN: Wednesday 7 June
TIME: 10am-11am

REGISTER: https://bit.ly/3L01Xc8

WHEN: Wednesday 7 June
TIME: 7pm-8pm
REGISTER: https://bit.ly/3oKVsCV

Living Wage goes up to $26 per hour

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On 1 April, the new Living Wage rate of $26 was announced for 2023/24.

That’s an increase of almost 10%, which reflects the real cost of living increase for working families in recent years.

From 1 September 2023, any Living Wage Employer will need to pay the new increased rate if they want to stay accredited.

The rate increase followed a special rate review, which only happens every five years.

E tū cleaner Iunisi Fainga’anuku talked about the new rate on PMN. You can listen here.

Print this newsletter for your noticeboard

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We know not all our members communicate by email – so why not print this newsletter out for your union noticeboard?

  • Click on ‘View this email in your browser’ at the top of the email.
  • Once in the new screen, then right click and select ‘Print’.

We’ve also got some fresh new E tū noticeboard headers, so you can create a dedicated space for everything union. If you’d like some for your workspace, please contact your delegate or organiser.

Upcoming events

Unions Auckland May Day event

Come and hear speakers from unions around Auckland (including E tū’s very own Ines Mitgutsch) and live music to celebrate and recognise May Day this evening.

WHEN: Monday 1 May
WHERE:
Whammy Bar & Wine Cellar, 183 Karangahape Rd, Auckland
TIME: 7pm
COST: Optional koha, all proceeds go to the Living Wage Movement Aotearoa

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