Election 2017

The countdown is on. This September, New Zealanders go to the ballot box to vote on who will lead the country for the next three years.

The outcome of the election could be life-changing for you and your family. E tū members are directly affected by Government policy. The setting of the minimum wage, for example, can make a gigantic difference for our lowest paid members. Local and international economic policy affects many E tū industries: Wherever you work, wherever you live, you need a Government that has your interests at heart.

That’s why E tū is mobilising for positive change in this election. The E tū National Executive has endorsed an ambitious plan to contact as many members as possible to discuss the important issues around this year’s election.

We know that elections are won on the ground, not just in the media, so we’re urging anyone who wants to make a real difference this September to get on board with our election campaign. If you live in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch, there will be phone calling sessions at your local E tū office for you to contact your fellow E tū members to talk about the big issues for them in 2017.

If you’re outside of those centres, there’s bound to be a local E tū campaign that we can connect you with or you can create your own small phone-calling hub.

E tū members know that the National Government is not on our side. In nine years of our current Government, union members have had many rights taken away. National has made collective bargaining harder, introduced the 90-day ‘fire at will’ law, and has overseen many E tū jobs being sent offshore, as well as failing to address other problems our communities face.

That’s why we are campaigning for a change of Government, which means voting for the Labour Party or the Green Party. E tū works closely with those parties to make sure their policies will improve the lives of our members.

Labour and the Greens have developed exciting and transformative policies that we’ll be hearing a lot about in the next few months. E tū is keenly focused on campaigning for Industry Standard Agreements, which, like the recent care and support workers settlement, set minimum wage rates and conditions across an industry.

We need a Government that will meaningfully address a housing crisis that is driving up rents and locking Kiwi families out of home ownership; a Government that will stop the exploitation of our migrant workers, protect manufacturing and fight to keep well-paid jobs on New Zealand soil.

Most of all, we need a Government that will engage with unions as the democratic voice of working people to improve the lives of our members and their communities. It’s time for a change.

Our key political policies:

The E tū National Executive has set down the four key policies we want adopted by political parties at this election:

Our National Executive-endorsed strategy:

Want to get involved?

Click here to email Union Support and get involved with our Election 2017 campaign. 



Authorised by Bill Newson, 7 McGregor Street, Rongotai