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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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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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