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Corbyn victory possible – Tories panic

By   /  June 2, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  49 Comments

The Jeremy Corbyn lead Labour party has gone from 28% to 38% in the polls in a few weeks. They are now just three points behind in one of the most recent. This happened as soon as certain electortal rules kicked in for the media to start treating each party in a fairer way.

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Andrew: I did try to warn you!

By   /  May 29, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

In December last year I wrote the following column. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

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McDonald’s agreement confirms why we need unions

By   /  May 26, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

McDonald’s workers will be voting on new Collective Agreement between the multinantional giant and Unite Union this week.

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Detention of Vessel in Panama carrying phosphate to Canada

By   /  May 19, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Detention of Vessel in Panama carrying phosphate to Canada

The detention of the cargo aboard the Ultra Innovation comes one day before the South Africa High Court is scheduled to consider its May 1 direction for interdiction of the New Zealand bound cargo.

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Meetings Saturday to discuss migrant worker changes

By   /  May 12, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  4 Comments

Two meetings are planned on Saturday to discuss concerns around the changes proposed by the government for migrant workers in New Zealand.

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Why I don’t blame poverty for causing crime

By   /  May 12, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  22 Comments

I disagree with many people on the left who blame crime on poverty. I believe it is a product of the breakdown in human solidarity. Sometimes that is associated with periods of social crisis, unemployment and poverty – but not always. And it is not a simple matter of cause and effect.

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The detention of a cargo of phosphate rock destined for New Zealand from occupied Western Sahara

By   /  May 8, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Sydney, Australia (8 May 2017).  On Monday May 1, the government of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (the SADR) and the Saharawi national liberation movement, the Polisario Front, took action to detain pursuant to a court order a cargo of phosphate illegally exported from occupied Western Sahara.  The cargo, intercepted in South Africa while en […]

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“Extend the Amnesty” – A strategy for Immigration reform

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

Unionists and other progressive minded people need to put a stake in the ground in opposition to the latest immigration proposals from the government.

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Meeting to discuss plight of people on work and student visas

By   /  April 29, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  8 Comments

Come to a meeting at the Unitarian Church, 6pm, Monday, May 1, 1a Ponsonby Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland City.

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PREDICTION: Crash in migrant numbers coming – let people stay

By   /  April 28, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  26 Comments

Every political party is lying about migration.

They do this by fudging the numbers.

Most importantly the fail to distinguish between those being admitted as permanent residents, those who come as students or temporary workers and those who come and go on a permanent or long-term basis.

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Anzac Day: Remembering the futility of wars for empire!

By   /  April 27, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

Anzac Day is important to remember because of the utter futility of being part of an imperialist military alliance. New Zealand casualties in that war, killed or wounded, were 58%. That is equal to one-quarter of the adult male population. Our death rate of those who served at 16.6% was higher than that suffered by Germany!

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MUST READ: Migrant labour sytem is broken and needs radical change not tinkering

By   /  April 21, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

The recent government changes to how approvals are managed for permanent residents will do nothing to alter the system of exploitation of tens of thousands of workers here on temporary work visas.

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KFC, Pizza Hut, Carls Jr and Starbucks workers to strike today – Unite Union

By   /  April 21, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  4 Comments

KFC, Pizza Hut, Carls Jr and Starbucks workers will strike tomorrow after negotiations broke down over a new collective agreement.

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Fast food companies seem to want a fight – I say bring it on

By   /  April 7, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

Fast food companies are trying to wriggle out of legal and contractual obligations around basic rights of workers to guaranteed hours and annual leave.

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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  /  28 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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