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Labour and Green’s promise to uphold neoliberal dogmas – why?

By   /  March 25, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  26 Comments

The strange part of Labour and the Greens signing up to tired dogmas from the past is that people actually don’t care about them. Only the ruling elites do. There are not many votes there. That’s Math.

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MUST READ: Don’t believe the lies about the unaffordability of National Super

By   /  March 8, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

Big business just wants to cut any government expenditure that isn’t going to directly subsidise their profit making activities. This has led to a slashing of the number of people receiving a benefit as a percentage of the working age population from 13% to 8 % when unemployment only fell on average from 8 to 6%.

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Thieves, cheats, and crooks – and that’s just the government – Time to go!

By   /  March 3, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

By reducing the real value of Working for families payments since 2010 the National government has taken a cumulative $2 billion out of the homes of working class families.

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New sanctions for migrant exploitation useful but much more needed

By   /  February 24, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

The new sanctions involving banning employers temporarily from sponsoring visas to import labour to New Zealand is a useful, but very small step, given the scale of the migrant labour exploitation that exists in New Zealand

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MUST READ: A culture of denial at WINZ is what has put staff at risk

By   /  February 18, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

A culture of denying people their rights has infected management layers at WINZ. Targets have been imposed on management for benefit denial and prosecuting those who have allegedly been overpaid for some reason.

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Whistleblower guard stood down by Armourguard Security

By   /  February 15, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  8 Comments

Armourguard Security have stood down a security guard from a WINZ site because he complained to his union that the company was not taking the guards health and safety seriously.

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Union Anger at MSD ID crackdown

By   /  February 14, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  16 Comments

Security guards unionised by Unite Union at MSD sites are angry with new policy changes brought in by the Government yesterday, that now sees them stopping every citizen trying to access their rights, and asking them for their name, appointment, and photo ID. “This is causing queues at the door, and increased frustration from jobless […]

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Maccas admits to cheating workers of holiday pay

By   /  February 10, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

What is sad is just how hard it is sometimes to get these big, profitable multinationals to even obey the law!

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BREAKING MEDIA ALERT – Meet the Indian students the government is deporting

By   /  February 2, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The lawyer for the Indian students being deported by the government has told the students that their appeals have been rejected and that police are on their way.

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Twin errors on left in dealing with racism – ignoring class or race

By   /  February 1, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  Comments Off on Twin errors on left in dealing with racism – ignoring class or race

Racism, chauvinism, bigotry, anti-immigrant demagogy, all remain tools to be used by some people – especially those on the right or far right of the political spectrum – to deflect people away from the real cause of the social ills that exist in society.

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$20 an hour now! Make the minimum wage a living wage!

By   /  January 24, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

There are widespread and unacceptable levels of poverty in this country and inequality is getting out of control. One way to address those issues in a meaningful way is to progressively increase the minimum wage in real terms.

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Minimum wage goal should be $20 an hour to combat poverty and inequality – Unite Union

By   /  January 24, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

While welcoming an increase in the minimum wage by 50 cents an hour, Mike Treen of Unite Union says that this new level only maintains its value at about 50% of the average wage. “This level was reached in 2008 and we need to be more ambitious as a society. We believe the goal should […]

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Aotearoa’s experience in overcoming racist and other divisions in the workers’ movement (Part 2 of 3)

By   /  January 21, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

Many unions seemed to turn the groups inside the unions which had been formed to empower workers from oppressed groups into inwardly focussed talking shops rather than organising centres.

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Confronting racism is key to realising working class unity and power (Part 1)

By   /  January 14, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

Genuine class consciousness is needed to fight uncompromisingly for your own rights. You have to understand that your rights as a worker are in opposition to not just your own boss but the whole class of parasites that he belongs to.

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TDB EXCLUSIVE: WINZ bosses murder a beneficiary – Paula Bennet is responsible

By   /  January 5, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  64 Comments

I am convinced that is a significant reason fro the high levels of suicide in this country and the rise in absolute poverty reflected in levels of homelessness and the growing numbers of people accessing foodbanks.

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Don’t believe the lies about the unaffordability of National Super

By   /  December 17, 2016  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

Right-wing commentators and big business advocates want to see government spending on any welfare that goes to the people as of right slashed.

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