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Wendy’s must give workers 5 years worth of alternative holidays

By   /  November 18, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

The right of workers to an alternative holiday when working on a public holiday has been strongly affirmed in an Employment Relations Authority decision against Wendco (NZ) Limited, the company that operates the Wendy’s stores in New Zealand.

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Answering right-wing dogmas against increasing the minimum wage

By   /  November 10, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

Bosses and their paid servants in the so-called economics “profession” are already screaming about the proposed minimum wage hike in New Zealand to $20 an hour by April 2021. Most of their objections amount to the repetition of dogma which they want us to believe is some sort of science. Usually, very few facts are ever advanced to support their views.

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Employees must be offered additional work before new staff are hired – Unite

By   /  November 7, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

In a determination of the Employment Relations Authority released yesterday, it was held that Wendy’s was required to offer Rosemary Williams additional hours of work before it hired new staff. It had failed to do so over a 3-month period which disadvantaged Ms Williams and Wendy’s was ordered to pay over $3000 in compensation. The […]

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Capitalism has failed

By   /  November 4, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

The capitalist economic system is also based on endless growth. On average, the system has grown about three percent a year for 200 years. But today, that perpetual growth machine is suffocating the planet and as it does so it will destroy humanity’s ability to coexist with the planet for their own survival.

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Bring Our Students Back – Migrant Lives Matter

By   /  October 26, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

This Sunday at 3pm at the Unitarian Church in Ponsonby Auckland there will be a rally to ask the new government to allow the Indian students who had been forced to leave by the previous government. A group of these students had sought sanctuary at the church earlier this year to protest against their deportations […]

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The Minimum Wage decision is big win for workers and should be celebrated

By   /  October 26, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

It is a mistake to underestimate the importance of the decision to lift the minimum wage to $20 an hour by April 2021. This will involve a significant real increase in wages for hundreds of thousands of workers in this country.

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What I want from a Labour/NZ First/Green Government

By   /  October 20, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

It was one of the mad failures of the nine-years of the last Labour-led government that union membership density as a percentage of the working class was lower at the end than the beginning. The changes to industrial and other laws were too inconsequential to allow unions to grow easily – especially in the private sector which covers fewer than 10% of the private sector workforce. The goal should be to double or treble that percentage.

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Capitalism kills and maims daily

By   /  October 14, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

Burn of fast food worker Kiwi workers are being killed at the rate of one a week and on average someone is seriously injured every day. These grim statistics are contained in a report by the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety. The numbers reveal that over 51 Kiwis a year are killed at […]

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If NZ First go with National it’s a suicide note for their party

By   /  September 29, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  35 Comments

The problem for every potential government is that they have very limited spending options given they are all committed to not increasing taxes on anyone (including the very wealthy).  But if Winston wants to claim any policy “wins” that he can be allowed to identify himself and his party with it seems much more likely that Labour and the Greens could deliver them.

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The only votes that count is the party vote – except in………

By   /  September 20, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  31 Comments

Given the momentum shift in the last few weeks it seems inevitable there will be a change in government.

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Postie forced to work with supervisor who threatened her life

By   /  September 19, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Postie forced to work with supervisor who threatened her life

Postie forced to work with supervisor who threatened her life A postal worker was expected to continue working with her supervisor after the supervisor threatened to kill her, despite New Zealand Post investigating the worker’s complaint and acknowledging that the threat actually happened. Jessica Peebles, who worked at the Hamilton delivery branch of New Zealand […]

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Come on Labour – please stop digging holes!

By   /  September 15, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  51 Comments

The middle-class leaders of the Labour Party do not feel the deep resentment working people have to being taxed to death and then having charges imposed on us for things that should be free – like health and education.

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Stunning poll lifts prospect of a change in government

By   /  September 1, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

…if the Maori Party were to get two seats like now, which is certainly possible, then that would theoretically be enough to forms a Labour/Greens/Maori Party government. I believe the Maori Party would be desperate to form a government with Labour to prove they can go with either party – that they aren’t National’s poodle. 

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Resignation fever! Who is advising our political leaders?

By   /  August 9, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  31 Comments

I really wonder what sort of advice is being given the leaders of the Labour Party and the Greens.

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Can Labour add substance to style?

By   /  August 4, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

The installation of Jacinda Adern as Labour Party leader is the last throw of the dice for Labour in terms of trying to achieve a greater resonance with voters by simply changing the leader.

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Migrant worker exploitation to continue under new policy

By   /  July 28, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

The government has partially backed down from some changes to immigration policy that would have reduced the flow of cheap labour to New Zealand employers. The changes maintain the essence of the policy which was to keep access to cheap labour from abroad, and keep that labour vulnerable and easily exploited when here.

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