New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (CTU) Research Paper by Nicky

An examination of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (CTU) and its role in the New Zealand workplace.
# 150193 | 3,113 words | 14 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 29, 2012 in Labor Studies (General)

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To determine the the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (CTU)'s current status, this paper provides a review of the relevant literature to determine when the organisation was established, its membership, funding sources, its stance on political initiatives, and the view of the world it is attempting to promote. A discussion of some other organisations that are involved in similar work, the CTU's strongest opponents and other relevant information is also provided. The paper includes an analysis of the CTU's business ethics and their application to the work of the CTU and other similar organisations around the world and an assessment of whether there is still a place for trade unions in the New Zealand workplace.

Review and Discussion

From the Paper:

"Today, the CTU is an internationally recognised central trade union centre in New Zealand that is funded in large part by the 40 affiliated unions it represents with between 330,000 (Conway, 2005) and 350,000 members (About us, 2009). The organization also receives funds from the New Zealand government from time to time for various training initiatives (Foley, 2004). The history of the CTU began with the establishment of the Federation of Labour (FOL) in 1937 in an effort to provide a centralized, collective voice for the workers of New Zealand (Franks, 2008). According to labour historian and the Communications & Research Officer at the Council of Trade Unions from 1994 to 1999, Peter Franks, by the 1980s, "The FOL started to shed some of its conservatism. Important debates about equal pay, the Vietnam War and apartheid took place at its conferences. Demands for better representation of women and Maori were first argued and advanced within the FOL. All of this was important in achieving the recognition of diversity that is part of the CTU today" (2008, p. 3). Following a period of economic instability and the growing need for improved labour-management relations, a new centralized union organisation was proposed in 1982 and, in response, the CTU was established in 1987 (Franks, 2008)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • About us. (2009). The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions. [Online]. Available: http://union.
  • Black's law dictionary. (1991). St. Paul, MN: West Publishing Co.
  • Conway, P. (2005). Putting fairness into free trade: Peter Conway provides a union perspective on international trade. New Zealand International Review, 30(6), 14-15.
  • De la Cruz, H. B., Von Potobsky, G. & Swepston, L. (1996). The international labor organization: The international standards system and basic human rights. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.
  • Eligible unions. (2009). UnionPlus. [Online]. Available: eligible+unions.html.

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