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RMTU may take a test case if MBIE doesn’t

By   /  April 30, 2015  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Morgan Godfery, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

The government must seek a definitive answer on whether Chinese engineers working on KiwiRail’s locomotives are covered under New Zealand employment law says Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) General Secretary Wayne Butson.

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Asbestos ban for Workers’ Memorial Day

By   /  April 29, 2015  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Morgan Godfery, Most Recent Blogs  /  Comments Off on Asbestos ban for Workers’ Memorial Day

Rail and maritime transport workers call for asbestos ban

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KiwiRail can’t outsource responsibility

By   /  April 18, 2015  /  Morgan Godfery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

The government must guarantee New Zealanders that Chinese engineers working on KiwiRail’s locomotives are at least receiving the minimum wage says Rail and Maritime Transport Union spokesperson Todd Valster.

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KiwiRail fails the sustainability test

By   /  April 9, 2015  /  Morgan Godfery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

KiwiRail is failing to fulfil its environmental obligations says Rail and Maritime Transport Union General Secretary Wayne Butson.

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RMTU: Government closes door on local businesses

By   /  March 26, 2015  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Morgan Godfery, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

New Zealanders will not get a say on the government’s decision to ratify an international agreement which removes the right to protect local jobs

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“You just have to keep on fighting” – an interview with Metiria Turei

By   /  August 22, 2014  /  Morgan Godfery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

“At the end of the day no government ever paid attention to the people I’ve cared about”.

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Politics beyond the veil

By   /  July 17, 2014  /  Morgan Godfery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

This is the lousy state of Māori politics. The highest value and the only end is sitting “at the table of government”.

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The mechanics of Cunliffe’s conference remarks

By   /  November 4, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Morgan Godfery, Most Recent Blogs  /  18 Comments

Americans call these deictic expressions. The effect is that DC is speaking on behalf of the audience, not to it. The technique is used to build a relationship with the audience. But it also goes further: DC is speaking as if everything he says is issued by “us”, the people. The heavy use of inclusive language opens the speech to the audience and lets them impose their own interpretations on it.

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Will Labour Take The Third Way?

By   /  September 2, 2013  /  Morgan Godfery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

Third way social democracy was never an ideology of or for the left. It was an experiment. Can Labour afford to experiment with Grant Robertson?

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Declaring for Camp Cunliffe: here’s why

By   /  August 26, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Morgan Godfery, Most Recent Blogs  /  10 Comments

David Cunliffe could be a reconstructive prime minister and lead a big change government.

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Not defending scum child abusers, but…

By   /  August 15, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Morgan Godfery, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

“As usual the details are vague and she’ll probably spend a few days talking about this on TV… and then we’ll hear no more about it until she re-announces the same policy in twelve to eighteen months time”.

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$elling out workers’ rights

By   /  August 5, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Morgan Godfery, Most Recent Blogs  /  11 Comments

Having negotiated and accepted a capitalist model, iwi have little right to rebuke changes in market conditions. The market has changed –the government is amending relevant legislation – and iwi must adapt their business model.

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It’s time to ditch TVNZ

By   /  July 29, 2013  /  Media Watch, Morgan Godfery, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

With the death of TVNZ 7, Maori TV (MTS) is the only non-commercial public broadcaster. TVNZ is the public broadcaster – technically at least – while MTS is the Maori broadcaster.  That should change.

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The Shepocalypse Now

By   /  July 7, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Morgan Godfery, Most Recent Blogs  /  35 Comments

Manbangate: it was always going to meet vicious condemnation from the right, but the left too? The left has formed three groups: those who support it, those who support it but are distressed at the politics of it and those who oppose it. There’s been a failure of political management. That was always a given. […]

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The Ikaroa-Rawhiti breakdown

By   /  July 1, 2013  /  Morgan Godfery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

The message is clear: Mana and the Maori Party must unite. If not, Labour will sweep the Maori seats by 2017. When the tino rangatiratanga vote peels left and right, Labour gallops up the middle.

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The Bill of Rights: entrench it, give it supreme law effect and add to it

By   /  June 24, 2013  /  Morgan Godfery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

New Zealand has a culture of rights abuse.  From the Maori Prisoners Act 1880 to the Waterfront Strike Emergency Regulations (made under the Public Safety Conservation Act 1932) and (more recently) and the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004, the Electoral Finance Act 2007 and the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Act 2013.

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