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TDB EXCLUSIVE: WINZ bosses murder a beneficiary – Paula Bennet is responsible

By   /  January 5, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  64 Comments

I am convinced that is a significant reason fro the high levels of suicide in this country and the rise in absolute poverty reflected in levels of homelessness and the growing numbers of people accessing foodbanks.

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Don’t believe the lies about the unaffordability of National Super

By   /  December 17, 2016  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

Right-wing commentators and big business advocates want to see government spending on any welfare that goes to the people as of right slashed.

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After John Key – what next?

By   /  December 9, 2016  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  30 Comments

We must build existing unions and form new ones that are able to struggle much more effectively that we have. We need to forge allies with everyone in the community being exploited and abused. We need community organisations willing to fight as allies.

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MUST READ: Why is Labour walking into a trap?

By   /  December 3, 2016  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

In New Zealand, however, we are taxed to death and then when we need help we get denied our entitlements by a brutal system that seems dedicated to stopping people gaining access to help when they or other members in their family have an accident or are unemployed, sick, or are born or become disabled.

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System protects corporate thieves, cheats, and killers

By   /  November 25, 2016  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

The government and IRD seem to get very brave when persecuting some small business person who falls on hard times but run away from a fight with the real big boys who dodge taxes.

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MUST READ: Why Hillary deserved to lose

By   /  November 12, 2016  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

We are told there is no alternative. The so-called “progressives” in social democratic parties then appeal to the centre by adopting the rhetoric of the right wing opposition by being “tough” on law and order and “tough” on welfare cheats, and “tough” on immigrants. They assume that because working people have no where else to go they can abuse us as much as they like.

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90% of chefs no longer eligible for permanent residence

By   /  October 21, 2016  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

Just a few months ago Andrew Little was attacked by the government for questioning whether New Zealand actually needed so many chefs as part of the skilled migrant category.

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The immigration scam is the one run by the bosses and their government

By   /  October 15, 2016  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

The immigration scam that exists in the country is the one being run by the government and their capitalist mates to use and abuse migrant labour.

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McDonald’s and BK are zero-hour cheats!

By   /  October 11, 2016  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs  /  Comments Off on McDonald’s and BK are zero-hour cheats!

Restaurant Brands and Unite Union have amended their collective agreement to have workers’ hours and shifts guaranteed permanently. Unite National Secretary Gerard Hehir says that this is a massive win for workers. For the first time in decades workers in the fast food industry in New Zealand will have their shifts fixed permanently. No longer […]

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Is technology a threat to our jobs?

By   /  September 30, 2016  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

The problem with capitalism is not that it displaces human labour with machinery but that it does so in an unplanned and unequal manner.

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Government’s failed response to abuse of migrants (Part 4 of 4)

By   /  September 22, 2016  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

Unions can expose the hypocrisy of employers demanding the right to import labour while paying a pittance to their staff. But ultimately, the only effective way to turn the situation around is to reunionise the sectors of the workforce that have lost union protection and force the bosses to pay.

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EXCLUSIVE: What you are not being told about the most recent migration surge (Part 3 of 4)

By   /  September 16, 2016  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  28 Comments

The real beneficiaries of this system of indentured labour are often the biggest companies in New Zealand. We know that all the hotel chains rely on temporary labour. SkyCity uses them extensively as do all the big fast food chains.

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Economic lies about the “rock star economy”

By   /  September 13, 2016  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

The business media is all in an excited state over the fact that the headline growth rate for the New Zealand economy is going to around 3.5% for the year ending June. What they don’t tell you is that because of the artificial boost to the population as a result of the government opening the taps for new migrants the actual annual per capita growth rate is only 0.6%.

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EXCLUSIVE: The truth about migration (Part 2 of 4)

By   /  September 12, 2016  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

In the last six years, there have been on average 166,000 temporary work visas issued each year. These consist of people on working holidays, seasonal workers, essential skills workers and migrant family members.

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SPECIAL FEATURE: The Truth About Migration (Part 1 of 4)

By   /  September 2, 2016  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

The issues involved in the current debate over immigration policy are so important for the country that understanding it properly requires an in-depth look that I am attempting here in four parts. I will repeat some of what I have written before but will also provide the most up to date data available.

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Indian students and supporters plan protest on Saturday to demand justice

By   /  September 1, 2016  /  Mike Treen, The Liberal Agenda  /  3 Comments

Let’s gather this Saturday at 12 noon outside the Stoddard Road shops in Mount Roskill, Auckland.

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