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CTU Stands In Solidarity With Public Service Workers

The NZ Council of Trade Unions Te Kauae Kaimahi
is standing in solidarity with workers affected by the
latest round of public service job losses and calls on the
Government to stop their reckless attacks on essential
public services, said CTU President Richard

“These cuts have a massive impact
on services that save New Zealanders lives, as we can see
with cuts to the Suicide Prevention Office, but we also must
not lose sight of the devastating impact job losses are
having on thousands of families across the country,” said

“Many of these workers are low paid and
already struggling to get by, serving their communities in
jobs that deliver essential services for the

“Hearing stories of laid-off workers having
to pull their kids out of childcare and stop mortgage
repayments demonstrates the real heartbreaking impact of
public service cuts.

“It is the role of government
to invest in services and prevent rising unemployment. Yet
here we have a government that is actively pushing people
into unemployment in their ideological pursuit of tax cuts
for landlords and high-income

“These ongoing job losses
highlight the importance of the income insurance scheme the
Government axed in haste. It would mean any workers who lose
their jobs would continue to receive a decent income while
they look to find a good job that utilises their skills and

“New Zealand workers are
among those with the lowest levels of redundancy protection
in the world. As we deal with a challenging global economy,
now should be the time to give workers more income and
economic security – rather than less,” said

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