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.


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