Today, 3 October 2020, marks the 75th anniversary of the World Federation of Trade Unions. The WFTU shows us what a trade union should be, not just something that fights for your rights at work, but an organisation that is anti-fascist, anti-sexist, anti-imperialist, and anti-capitalist.


COVID-19: To all HWU Members

Dear friends and comrades,

Lots of you have probably heard the news that Auckland has a new COVID-19 case and has been placed into Level 3 restrictions until Friday, at which time the Ministry of Health hopes to understand more about the origin of the case so that response measures can be taken. Until this time, the rest of the country is back in Level 2 restrictions. If you had not heard yet, surprise!

We are contacting our Auckland members and delegates over the next 12 hours to ensure that they and their workmates can stay safe and secure during this week but wanted to contact everybody to let us know the union is there for you: at work, or if we can’t work at all.

This is a developing situation and we do not know what will happen beyond Friday at this point in time. Please follow us on Twitter or Facebook as we will continue to post updates there, but rest assured we will be in touch as the situation and countermeasures both develop.

Do not hesitate to talk to us if there is anything we can help with, or if you just want someone who understands the situation to chat to. It is a daunting feeling not knowing if we will be back in Level Four or what might happen in the slightest, but we will always be here for you.

Some trade unions overseas have adopted the slogan “physical distancing, social solidarity” and we share that sentiment with all of you tonight.

Our best wishes,

Madds & Zeb



Celebrating Working Women’s Day

This International Working Women’s day we take a moment to reflect on the immeasurable contributions of countless women who, throughout history, have fought for, striked for, and spearheaded the struggle for peace and bread. Inspired by the incredible wāhine of the past and present, HWU has strengthened our resolve to end the gendered pay gap in hospo and to fight against precarious working conditions in all industries that continue to devalue the work of women.

To all our beloved sisters, comrades and friends: Happy International Working Women’s day.

Finally a huge thank you to the talented Maori_mermaid for letting us use your beautiful art 💚💚