Public and Commercial

The public and commercial services industry sector (PACS) covers workers in 20 distinct industries – public hospitals, private hospitals, commercial cleaning, schools, tertiary education, security, laundries, accommodation hotels and motels, bars cafes and restaurants, chartered clubs, airline catering, general catering, casinos, cultural services such as the NZSO and Te Papa, musicians, sport and recreation, the racing industry, general clerical and union staff.

We are the biggest sector in E tū representing more than 9,000 members covered by around 150 collective agreements. Our mission is to improve the lives of workers in PACS by:

We want to achieve a Living Wage for our members, we aim to upskill members and increase pay through ITO training and we want to increase union reps’ participation in health and safety committees.

Who are PACS members?

The biggest group of members are in public hospitals where we have more than 3,000 E tū members, about half of whom are contracted cleaners, food services workers and orderlies. However, we also represent security at hospitals, education sector cleaners and catering workers, and laundry workers, all of whom are usually contracted out to companies like ISS, Spotless, COMPASS, Armourguard and First Security.

Many of our members are recent migrants from the diverse cultures of the Pacific, India, Asia, and Africa.

In 2016 we negotiate the Commercial Cleaners Multi-Employer Collective Agreement for commercial cleaners, contracted school cleaners and contracted tertiary cleaners and school caretakers and the Caretakers and Canteen Workers collective agreement in December.

Other workers in this sector include those in the defence force bases and in hotels such as the Stamford Plaza and Rendezvous Hotels in Auckland, the Chateau on the Park in Christchurch, and the national chain of Heartland/Scenic Circle Hotels. 

International affiliations

We don’t just look after our members’ interests in New Zealand. We are closely aligned with United Voice in Australia and the SEIU in the United States.

We are affiliated with UNI Global primarily in the Property Services area, and the International Trade Union of Food Workers (covers hotel and casino workers).

E tū court action targets labour hire at LSG SkyChefs

E tū will be in the Employment Court in Auckland on Monday to argue its case on behalf of labour hire workers at global airline catering company, LSG SkyChefs.

The union is acting on behalf of workers Kamlesh Prasad and Liutofaga Tulai, and will argue that they and other labour hire workers should be entitled to the same employment conditions as directly-employed staff.

Strike action today by Wellington parking wardens

Wellington City Council parking officers will take strike action today to protest at the refusal by the Council to negotiate with their union over their wage rates.

The parking officers have been trying for over two years to get their collective agreement settled but the Council refuses to include wage rates in the agreement.

First Security to pay Living Wage to PECCS guards

Prison escort guards employed by First Security are to be paid the living wage of $20.20 per hour as their base rate.

First Security is to be congratulated for their decision to pay the living wage to its Prison Escort & Court Custodial Services (PECCS) security guards.

This is an increase in pay of more than 15%. 

Delight as hospital meals brought back in-house at Canterbury DHB

E tū is pleased with the Canterbury DHB’s decision not to renew its food service contract with Compass and to bring its hospital food production back in-house. The 200+ union members employed by Compass at Christchurch, Burwood, Princess Margaret and Hillmorton Hospitals, will all transfer to the DHB’s employment because they are covered by the so-called “vulnerable workers” provisions of the Employment Relations Act.

E tū: WINZ breaching privacy laws with WINZ vetting rules

E tū, the union for security guards, says WINZ may be breaching privacy laws with its new screening process for people visiting WINZ offices.

The vetting requires WINZ security guards to check photo ID and whether visitors to WINZ offices have an appointment.