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TDB Top 5 International Stories: Wednesday 17th May 2017

By   /  May 17, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs  /  No Comments

5: Trump Reportedly Shared Classified Intel with Russia to Show Off
4: Erdogan and Trump discuss expanding cooperation
3: Trump Says He Divulged Intelligence to Russians Because He’s Such a Great Guy
2: An Impeachable Offense? Questions Swirl as Trump Accused of Sharing Top Secret Intel with Russians
1: Trump: I shared information with Russia and I had ‘absolute right’ to do so

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GUEST BLOG: Te Reo Putake – Will Winston Put NZ First?

By   /  May 16, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  27 Comments

One of the great conundrums of Kiwi politics is the Peters problem. Unless there is a massive drop in votes for National, Labour will need NZ First’s assistance to form the next government. And that support will almost certainly come at the expense of the Greens, who are likely to be sidelined as part of any coalition arrangement.

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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – SHUSH! DON’T TELL ANYBODY!

By   /  May 16, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  No Comments

SHUSH! DON’T TELL ANYBODY! Could this be the motto of New Zealand mainsteam media, as regards world news that is in any way critical of Israel?

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First Union – Former Pumpkin Patch employees “over the moon” as new funds found

By   /  May 3, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on First Union – Former Pumpkin Patch employees “over the moon” as new funds found

Former Pumpkin Patch employees “over the moon” as new funds found After almost six months of nervous waiting, former distribution centre staff at collapsed children’s retailer Pumpkin Patch are “over the moon” as KordaMentha confirms former staff at Pumpkin Patch Ltd (PPL) will receive their redundancy entitlements up to a $22,160 cap. Although retail staff […]

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Long delay in ambulance funding review putting patients at risk – First Union

By   /  April 21, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Long delay in ambulance funding review putting patients at risk – First Union

  Long delay in ambulance funding review putting patients at risk – union The union  representing approximately 1000 ambulance professionals in New Zealand is outraged at excessive delays to the Health Funding Review. In 2015 Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne commissioned a review into health funding for the ambulance sector. The review, carried out by businessman […]

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Union requests investigation into Ceres’ organic certification – First Union

By   /  April 7, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Union requests investigation into Ceres’ organic certification – First Union

Union requests investigation into Ceres’ organic certification The union representing distribution centre workers at organic food giant Ceres has written to BioGro NZ, the company’s organic certifier, to request a discussion and investigation into whether Ceres is meeting the social justice standards required for certification. Ceres Organics has a social responsibility under its BioGro certification […]

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Union calls for action on OECD redundancy report – First Union

By   /  April 7, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Union calls for action on OECD redundancy report – First Union

  Union calls for action on OECD redundancy report   FIRST Union is condemning Workplace Relations Minister Michael Woodhouse for refusing to act on an OECD report showing New Zealanders who are made redundant tend to suffer a drop in wages and job security. FIRST Union represented distribution centre workers in the recent redundancies at […]

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Union questions ethical status at Ceres “Certified” Organics as workers strike

By   /  March 31, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Union questions ethical status at Ceres “Certified” Organics as workers strike

  Union questions ethical status at Ceres “Certified” Organics as workers strike Approximately 10 distribution centre workers at Ceres Organics, an “ethical” food supplier, are taking strike action today as the workers’ union accuses the company of failing to meet ethical certification standards. The distribution centre workers – striking for the second time as the […]

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Community joins the picket line as car part workers strike – First Union

By   /  March 29, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

  Community joins the picket line as car part workers strike   Disgruntled distribution centre workers at BNT (Brakes and Transmission), the Australian-owned car parts supplier, took their sixth round of strike action today alongside approximately seventy supporters from the Auckland community.   “Our members were blown away,” said FIRST Union organiser Emir Hodzic.   […]

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Easter trading has Aucklanders worried – retail workers’ union

By   /  March 25, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

  Easter trading has Aucklanders worried – retail workers’ union A union representing thousands of working people in retail says Auckland Council’s decision to consult on possible Easter trading changes is putting retail workers offside. “People working in retail are only guaranteed three and half days off work each year. People want to see that […]

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Pumpkin Patch a “damaged” brand while former staff remain unpaid – union

By   /  March 23, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Pumpkin Patch a “damaged” brand while former staff remain unpaid – union

Pumpkin Patch a “damaged” brand while former staff remain unpaid – union The union representing former distribution centre staff at collapsed children’s retailer Pumpkin Patch is warning the Catch Group, the brand’s new buyer, that the brand’s reputation will be further damaged as former distribution centre and head office staff are yet to receive their […]

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Workers described as “pimple on a pumpkin” return to work

By   /  March 22, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

  Workers described as “pimple on a pumpkin” return to work BNT (Brakes and Transmission), the Australian-owned car parts supplier, is struggling to get products to the market after workers at its Auckland distribution centre walked off the job for the fifth time on Friday. The fifth strike, ending today, comes a month after the […]

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Protect State Housing – Thursday 9th March 7pm Transitional Cathedral

By   /  March 8, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Protect State Housing – Thursday 9th March 7pm Transitional Cathedral

Housing Action Canterbury – www.hac.kiwi

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FIRST Union and St John reach deal to benefit all ambulance staff – First Union

By   /  February 11, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on FIRST Union and St John reach deal to benefit all ambulance staff – First Union

FIRST Union and St John reach deal to benefit all ambulance staff Ambulance Professionals First, the network within FIRST Union representing ambulance officers, and St John Ambulance have reached an agreement that union representatives will be recommending to members. St John Ambulance and Ambulance Professionals First – which now represents the majority of operational staff […]

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Australian company Bapcor runs into trouble as it enters NZ market – First Union

By   /  February 11, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

  Australian company Bapcor runs into trouble as it enters NZ market Distribution centre workers at Auckland-based car parts supplier Brake and Transmission (BNT), now owned by the Australian company Bapcor after its takeover of Hellaby, walked off the job today – the third time in as many months – as negotiations stall. The distribution […]

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Meet ‘Carol’ from WINZ – the horror of the neoliberal state and who will fight it?

By   /  February 2, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  24 Comments

This is your chance to let the rest of New Zealand know as they enter the voting booths in 2017, that the punitive, spiteful and damaging social welfare policies of WINZ, Housing NZ, Corrections, Parole, Mental health, Ministry of Social Development and CYFs are crucifying the poorest and most vulnerable amongst us.

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