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Stolen Holiday Pay must be paid back – the Government must act

By   /  June 22, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

The truth is there is nothing very complicated about the calculation of annual leave. Leave was to be calculated weekly and when it was taken it should be valued at the greater of the worker’s current wage or their yearly average. This had been true since 1948.

What was clarified in the 2003 Act was that if it was difficult to determine what an ordinary week was, for example, because they worked variable hours each week, then the worker should get the higher of their yearly average or the average of the last four weeks. This was explained in the Act in minute detail. No mistaken understanding could be taken from the plain language.

It has become clear that almost no major employer or payroll provider did this simple calculation. Many also did not include regular allowances that should have been. 

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The workers strike back! BK, Wendy’s, Event Cinema workers take action

By   /  June 15, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

This weekend it is likely that you will see workers at Burger King, Wendy’s and Event Cinemas taking action to bring an end to their status as part of minimum wage industries as well as to protect or establish margins for skill and service.

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Unite to picket Wendy’s Dominion Rd, Auckland store 5pm tonight despite injunction

By   /  June 9, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

Supporters are being asked to come along and show that support outside the company’s Dominion Rd, Auckland, store tonight from 5-7pm.

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Why Wendy’s workers are striking

By   /  June 1, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

Wendy’s workers will be gathering outside the Te Atatu Wendy’s store at 7.30pm tonight to explain why they are striking to media and supporters. 

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A simple idea – how farmers can pay for their own problems

By   /  May 30, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

It’s going to cost the government at least $600 million to clean up this mess over the next decade

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Union leader Mike Treen to join flotilla to Gaza in July

By   /  May 21, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

Mike Treen spoke with acclaimed US/Palestinian author Dr Baroud who is currently on a speaking tour of New Zealand on why he is going on the Flotilla to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza. (See link below)

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Budget 2018 – Fiscal restraint and state housing – ideological craziness exposed

By   /  May 19, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  30 Comments

The government has decided to increase the building of state housing from their extremely modest target of 1000 a year to the still very modest target of 1600 a year over the next four years.

Housing NZ is not being given any extra money to do this.

They will have to borrow on private financial markets at higher rates than the government can borrow money for.

The cost to the government will be more as a result.

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Wage and time theft endemic – and could get worse

By   /  May 18, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

Workers have been cheated for 15 years. But it seems that companies are only being required to go back six years to calculate repayments. Why? 

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The Liberal Agenda – STALIN WASN’T STALLIN’ – WRITERS FESTIVAL CABARET

By   /  April 27, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  Comments Off on The Liberal Agenda – STALIN WASN’T STALLIN’ – WRITERS FESTIVAL CABARET

WHAT: Auckland Writers’ Festival
WHEN: 15-20 May
WHERE: Aotea Centre

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Wage theft at Maccas – $1 million a year in lieu days or public holiday pay

By   /  April 20, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

It has been over three years since we first wrote to the company questioning how they calculated annual leave and asking them to fix it. At first, they simply ignored or rejected our arguments out of hand. We then applied for an Employment Relations Authority hearing on the issue. 

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Open letter to new Government: How to find $36 billion for health spending and lower ACC levies at the same time

By   /  April 11, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

I explained a few weeks ago that the government had $36 billion in an investment account that could be taken and used to fund the desperate improvements we need in the health sector. They could do this without breaching their self-imposed fiscal responsibility rules.

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Billions owed in leave – Why are we waiting?

By   /  March 25, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

Three years ago Unite wrote to all our big employers telling them that they had been miscalculating annual leave payments to their employees for years and they needed to fix it.

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Action is needed no to solve the problems associated with migrant labour exploitation

By   /  March 9, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  27 Comments

In the six years to 2017, there were 11,000 cases of migrant exploitation reported to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). Of these only 5700 were investigated and 15o prosecuted. The chances of getting caught and prosecuted for migrant exploitation are infinitesimally small. Exploitative and abusive employers just laugh all the way to the bank.

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Housing for need not speculation

By   /  March 3, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  22 Comments

Despite stopping further sales, housing remains one area where the government remains committed to almost a completely market-based solution. For various reasons in this country, housing has become a speculative nightmare with prices beyond what working people can afford.

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Protest today against rip-off of overseas students

By   /  February 23, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

A group of Chinese students are demanding that the government help them after NZQA have closed their school and discovered that the owner has stolen most of their money. 

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Why Israel is an apartheid state”

By   /  February 16, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

I wanted to address an issue that I think is important in terms of the ongoing campaign around human rights for the people of Palestine, justice for the people of Palestine, and that is what is our attitude to the Jewish people in that state of Israel.

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