About E tū

E tū is a democratic union representing tens of thousands of people who work in eight industries. Together we fight for fair pay and conditions on the job.

Our name comes from a Māori waiata:

E tū kahikatea Stand like the kahikatea tree
Hei whakapae ururoa To brave the storms
Awhi mai awhi atu Embrace and receive one another
Tātou tātou e We are one together


When you join E tū you’re gaining strength on your worksite and the support of E tū members across New Zealand. And because you’re standing together with your workmates, you get a real say at your workplace.

As the biggest private sector union in New Zealand, E tū provides members with services like workplace representation, legal advice, a freephone support centre, education on workrights and a political voice.

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E tū was created in 2015 from the merger of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union and the Service and Food Workers’ unions. We are also in the process of merging with the Flight Attendants and Related Services Association.

Joining the union

Joining the union is the most effective way to get fair pay, good terms and conditions, and have a say at work.

Our campaigns

E tū is a campaigning and organising union. We campaign for a fair and just society, not just on the job but across industries and in communities and society as a whole.

Find out more about our current campaigns.

Our alliances

E tū is affiliated with a number of international unions who represent workers in our industries globally:

In New Zealand, E tū is affiliated to the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions, and the New Zealand Labour Party. Our members are able to choose that no part of their membership fee goes towards political campaigns.

Find out more about E tū

Call our union support centre on 0800 1 UNION (0800 186 466) with any questions.