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Unions Call On Government To Improve Work Lives



The Council of Trade Unions wants the government to do
more to improve working lives for New Zealanders.

CTU
President Richard Wagstaff will tonight address Minister of
Workplace Relations Michael Wood, other Labour and Green
Party Members of Parliament, union members, union officials
and media about the need to make work better. “We have an
opportunity in the aftermath of COVID, to build back better,
to make New Zealand a better place to live and work. Better
work includes the passing of laws to provide for Fair Pay
Agreements and safer sick leave,” Wagstaff
said.

Rosalina “Rosey” Ngakopu works as a security
guard, and is an E tū union delegate, and she is a
passionate advocate for Fair Pay Agreements and the Living
Wage. Rosey wants to see real progress made towards securing
Fair Pay Agreements. “I would like the government to
understand that they need to protect essential workers like
myself, so we can perform our duties safely. We need a FPA
in the Security Industry so that we have safer working
conditions and standards for us to follow and
uphold.”

Megan White works as a head teacher in early
childhood education and is an NZEI member. “As early
childhood teachers, we have big hearts. COVID-19 has
highlighted our value and also shown how working conditions
like sick leave and pay, effect the wellbeing of whole
communities, right down to our youngest people. Right now,
low pay and a race to the bottom with conditions in most of
the early childhood sector is causing teachers to leave. The
teacher shortage is at crisis levels. All children deserve
quality early childhood education, and that means keeping
and attracting great teachers with decent pay and
conditions.”

Malia Motusaga, an E tū member, works as
a commercial cleaner in core government buildings, “It is
important that we get to talk to government, so they know
how hard it is for us and our fanau. The extra five days
will benefit me and my kids – now I know that if I get sick,
I will be able to stay home, and if any of my kids or my
husband are sick, I can look after them, too. I feel really
good about
it.”

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