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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  /  5 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  /  25 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  /  7 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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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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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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Twin errors on left in dealing with racism – ignoring class or race

By   /  February 1, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  Comments Off on Twin errors on left in dealing with racism – ignoring class or race

Racism, chauvinism, bigotry, anti-immigrant demagogy, all remain tools to be used by some people – especially those on the right or far right of the political spectrum – to deflect people away from the real cause of the social ills that exist in society.

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$20 an hour now! Make the minimum wage a living wage!

By   /  January 24, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

There are widespread and unacceptable levels of poverty in this country and inequality is getting out of control. One way to address those issues in a meaningful way is to progressively increase the minimum wage in real terms.

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Aotearoa’s experience in overcoming racist and other divisions in the workers’ movement (Part 2 of 3)

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

Many unions seemed to turn the groups inside the unions which had been formed to empower workers from oppressed groups into inwardly focussed talking shops rather than organising centres.

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Confronting racism is key to realising working class unity and power (Part 1)

By   /  January 14, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

Genuine class consciousness is needed to fight uncompromisingly for your own rights. You have to understand that your rights as a worker are in opposition to not just your own boss but the whole class of parasites that he belongs to.

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