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TDB Guest Blog Project: Tali Williams – ‘The most pressing issue in NZ right now’ –

By   /  October 31, 2015  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs, Tali Williams  /  3 Comments

These businesses glean much liberal kudos from their contributions to the greater good. “For every plastic bag you don’t use we plant a tree in the Amazon”. “We sponsor an underprivileged South Auckland teenager in the arts”. But these businesses are noticeably silent on workers rights and pay.

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“Even though my hours are being cut, my rent doesn’t get cut to compensate” – Why are workers kept hungry for hours?

By   /  August 22, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Tali Williams  /  11 Comments

Many workers are reporting they are “hungry for hours” as casual, minimal and zero hours contracts are on the increase in major retail and fast food chains.

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Poverty in our backyard a national disgrace

By   /  August 14, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Tali Williams  /  9 Comments

This was the second year I had volunteered for the annual Auckland Action Against Poverty (AAAP) ‘Impact’ – a three day event where a number of volunteers from all over New Zealand provide advocacy for beneficiaries at one Work and Income branch. This year was Mangere.

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Employers liquidating companies to avoid paying minimum entitlements

By   /  July 24, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Tali Williams  /  4 Comments

It’s important that we’re engaging with the community and asking how do we want to have migrant workers treated in New Zealand and how can we structure our laws and our society in a way that does not allow people to be exploited by these companies.

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Save our homes – stop the evictions!

By   /  April 16, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Tali Williams  /  19 Comments

While rental prices continue to rise beyond the reach of beneficiaries and low paid workers , the government are now profiting from selling their responsibility to house people, and evicting people from their homes.

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ABBOTS ROYAL COMMISSION TO BUST UNIONS

By   /  February 12, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Tali Williams  /  8 Comments

Use of union money must be carefully managed. If and where there is genuine misuse of union funds , those in power must be held accountable by their membership. But make no mistake, this is no moralistic crusade from a government that cares about workers , its a cynical and shameful move intended to divide and conquer the working class.

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$60 a start, but welfare reforms must go too

By   /  January 30, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Tali Williams  /  32 Comments

Labour’s new “Best Start” policy of an extra $60 a week would be a welcome reprieve for hungry families. Yet any real improvements for the 600,000 Kiwis living below the poverty line will mean getting rid of National’s welfare reforms.

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The death of Ariel Sharon – Gaza’s prison warden

By   /  January 15, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Tali Williams  /  13 Comments

On hearing of the death of Ariel Sharon I thought about Gaza, where I visited in 2012 . The people of Gaza are trapped in a giant prison and Sharon was the one who locked the gates.

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“Better to starve fighting than starve working” – the taxi driver hunger strike

By   /  December 18, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Tali Williams  /  16 Comments

When I first heard of some taxi drivers at Auckland Airport going on hunger strike I instinctively thought “We don’t do that here”. It seemed impossibly radical, surely there were other options that would be more effective in a New Zealand context?

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Time to let more refugees settle in New Zealand?

By   /  December 4, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Tali Williams  /  20 Comments

Letting more refugees resettle in New Zealand does not solve the root causes of these wars. The onus is still on us all to put a stop to the needless imperialist wars and subsequent death and displacement.

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Employers not listening to workers is a matter of life and death

By   /  November 20, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Tali Williams  /  4 Comments

It is tiresome and infuriating engaging in a daily battle with employers who refuse to accept this basic premise and continue to treat their workforce with suspicion and disdain – whatever the cost.

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Organizing insecure workers

By   /  October 23, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Tali Williams  /  4 Comments

How do we keep workers involved when they’re not working? The answer may partly lie in supporting organising the unemployed.

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In Praise of Every Day Defiance

By   /  October 9, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Tali Williams  /  9 Comments

Challenging power – whether it’s a bully at work, your employer, the boss at Work and Income or the gas company – is tough.

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The reality of Poverty under the National Government

By   /  September 25, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Most Recent Blogs, Tali Williams  /  21 Comments

After over a decade of being a workers rights advocate as a union organiser nothing could have prepared me for the extent of hopelessness, desperation and frustration that accompanied being an advocate for beneficiaries for one day.

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About Tali Williams

By   /  September 24, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Tali Williams  /  Comments Off on About Tali Williams

About Tali Williams… I’m a union organiser and have organised for First Union, Finsec, SFWU and EPMU at various times for over a decade. My principle life purpose is working alongside union members to challenge power so there is hope for a better life for us all.

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