latest media releases
National tries to dodge the discussion on workers' rights
15 September 2014
New Zealanders deserve a proper conversation about National’s plans to keep undermining the real value of their wages and conditions at work.
“Today National has released a ‘workplace policy’ which will further widen the imbalance of power between workers and employers,” says Bill Newson, EPMU national secretary.
“They’ve deliberately released this policy, which affects all working Kiwis, on a day when everyone’s eyes are on other matters. It looks like they want to avoid a serious discussion about what the future of New Zealand workplaces should look like.
“National talks about a ‘more flexible workforce’ – but the flexibility is all one-way. Workers have no choice but to be ‘flexible’ when it’s even harder to get a wage increase and they don’t have the right to regular rest breaks. That’s the future for workers under National." Read more ...
Prime Minister should get his facts straight
13 May 2014
John Key’s attack on workers’ unions is a desperate ploy to distract attention from serious questions about his own party.
“We’re a democratic organisation representing thousands of hardworking Kiwis, and we have nothing to hide,” says Bill Newson, national secretary of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union.
The Prime Minister made wild accusations about union donations to the Labour Party after his Cabinet ministers were implicated in a cash-for-access scandal.
“Our members expect us to support policies which are good for workers and their families, good for wages, and good for the economy,” says Bill Newson. Read more ...
Government must put health and safety first
9 May 2014
The government should put its money where its mouth is by giving priority to pass important healthy and safety legislation instead of controversial employment law changes which will cut workers’ pay, and ultimately undermine health and safety.
“The government must concentrate on making workplaces safer rather than pushing through laws to remove workers’ rest breaks and undermine their wages,” says Bill Newson, national secretary of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union. Read more ...
Government determined to keep wages down
20 March 2014
Despite widespread opposition from working Kiwis, National is pushing ahead with its unnecessary and unfair Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union.
“This is a radical bill, and its long-term effects will be to cut the pay of every working New Zealander,” says Rachel Mackintosh, EPMU director of organising.
“Passing this law now is a cynical attempt to ensure that as the economy improves, profits go to those at the top instead of the workers who create them.” Read more ...
Government pushes ahead with law to cut wages and work rights
11 December, 2013
The National government is pushing ahead with unfair employment law changes which undermine workers’ basic rights and will drive down wages, says the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union.
“Despite thousands of submissions made against the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, it’s come out of the select committee process barely changed,” says Rachel Mackintosh, EPMU director of organising. Read more ...
EPMU warns employment changes will make Kiwis poorer, less safe
11 September, 2013
The Government’s proposed changes to employment law will drive down wages and endanger health and safety, the EPMU has warned a select committee today.
EPMU director of organising Rachel Mackintosh appeared before the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee today in Auckland to present the EPMU’s oral submission on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill. Read more ...
Christchurch workers to rally for Fairness at Work
28 August 2013
Christchurch workers will meet at the Wigram Air Force Museum tomorrow to rally against the Government’s unfair employment law changes.
The event is the last of three and follows a rally of 5000 workers in Auckland today and 1500 in Wellington last week. Read more ...
5000 rally for Fairness at Work in Auckland
28 August 2013
Workers sent a strong message to the Government today to back off its plans to remove basic employment protections and reduce workers' pay.
Around 5000 workers packed the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau this afternoon in the second of three Fairness at Work rallies organised by the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions.
Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly, airport cleaner Sina Famelitau, Living Wage campaigner Annie Newman and EPMU national secretary Bill Newson addressed the rally. Read more ...
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