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Living Wage Movement gaining traction despite National Government

By   /  November 29, 2016  /  Annie Newman, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

After four years of campaigning, the words “Living Wage” will echo through the chambers of at least six councils across Aotearoa and at least one council is poised to become an accredited Living Wage Employer: Wellington City Council.

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Victoria’s got a secret, and it’s not lingerie, and it’s not “super comfy and super sexy.”

By   /  August 23, 2016  /  Annie Newman, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

The underwear manufacturer has a much bigger secret, a real secret: they’re hiding workers.

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MUST READ: Turning private troubles into public issues

By   /  July 26, 2016  /  Annie Newman, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

The internet theoretically came to our rescue because it allowed us to turn our “private troubles” into “public issues” day after day, hour after hour and minute after minute, on Facebook and Twitter, creating the new network infrastructure in our increasingly private and insulated lives. The only problem is that we no longer own the new infrastructure…

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Where were you when we needed you?

By   /  June 21, 2016  /  Annie Newman, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

As unions struggled to organise workers over the last 25 years governments de-regulated the labour market or sat back and watched organised labour fall apart. The art of civil society is to organise for the common good whereas the art of politicians is to compromise, for their own good.

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“Not one more child”

By   /  May 31, 2016  /  Annie Newman, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

NZ doesn’t have a functional civil society. Unlike Europe where power is devolved through European law to the states and within many of its states to these “mediating institutions” of civil society, New Zealand devolved power and responsibility directly to individuals, bypassing civil society altogether.

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Breaking through the silence

By   /  May 2, 2016  /  Annie Newman, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

Last year a caregiver, Morven Hughes, was interviewed on Radio New Zealand, about her role in the care sector. Neither she nor her employer were named because of Morven’s fear of retribution. Her employer, a corporate residential care provider, recognized her Scottish accent and took steps to punish and silence her through disciplinary action

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Raise the flag – and bear it

By   /  April 5, 2016  /  Annie Newman, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

Where institutional power is so comprehensively unresponsive to the citizens, the voices of opposition must be organised and that organisation sustained.

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