Saturday, October 4, 2008

CTU's election policy statement calls for NZ workers incomes to rise and more protection for their rights...

CTU's election policy statement calls for incomes to rise and more protection for workers' rights...

The Council of Trade Unions has released its election policy statement, which sets out to lift incomes and protect workers' rights.

President Helen Kelly says political parties need to spell out what plans they have to increase pay packets and protect core social services.

She says the CTU wants the minimum wage to rise to two-thirds of the average wage ($15 in the interim), 26 weeks paid parental leave moving to 56 weeks, investment in skills and technology to be boosted and a lifting of the rate of multi-employer collective bargaining and industry agreements.

Ms Kelly says any new tax cuts would seriously hit the amount of money being spent on public services and it is important that everyone is on a level playing field.

"The fact that everyone can go to the doctor regardless of income, that every school in this country gets good funding and has highly qualified teachers and that they're all paid the same rates of pay."

Three hundred thousand copies of the statement will be released to the public over the coming months.

I am looking forward to reading this document.

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