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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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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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