May 01, 2020
May Day message of solidarity under coronavirus
It’s International Worker’s Day, a reminder not only of the fight for an eight hour day but the continuing struggle by workers to get a fair reward for their labours.
First Union secretary Dennis Maga says it’s even more critical as the COVID-19 crisis puts hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk.
Vigilance is needed to stop employers taking advantage of the situation – with reports come in of many employers abusing the wage subsidy.
"The objective is to prolong employment but some employers are using the opportunity to make those workers redundant, reduce their pay, reduce their hours of work, and there is no genuine consultation between the employees and employers," Mr Maga says.
About 60 per cent of First Union members are Māori and Pasifika working in the finance, textile, wood, retail, warehousing and transport sectors.
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