Helen Kelly was a former President of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions, she held the role from 2017 until October 2015, stepping down due to her cngoing battle with cancer. She is a strident campaigner for social justice, and workers rights in New Zealand and faces these matters passionately. In 2010 she was involved in advocating for contract workers in the film industry during negations for the production of the Warner Brothers film, The Hobbit.
Since struggling with cancer, Kelly has advocated for the use of medicinal cannabis as a way to combat pain, and as an alternative to commonly prescribed codine, morpine and tramadol which often do not work.
From the Council Trade Unions Your Rights at Work Statement –
Everyone has the right to decent and productive work, in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. Unions ensure that, as a worker, your voice is heard, your views are respected and your rights under the law are upheld.
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