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ISRAEL – KIMBERLEY PROCESS – Palestine Solidarity Network NZ

By   /  June 17, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

ISRAEL – KIMBERLEY PROCESS   We have received a request from Sean Clinton the campaign coordinator from War Diamonds to endorse the attached call to action. (See attachment) Next week the international diamond regulatory body, the Kimberley Process, meets in Antwerp chaired by the EU’s, Hilde Hardeman. We want the EU, jewellers and consumers to […]

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Coal Mining Rejection is a Win for People-Power – 350 Aotearoa

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350 Aotearoa commends Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage, and Energy and Resources Minister, Megan Woods on their decision to decline the application to mine coal on the conservation land that is part of the proposed Te Kuha mine, saying the decision is “a win for people-power, and is completely necessary for the government to live […]

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Māori mental health expert to speak at anti-prison rally – People Against Prisons Aotearoa

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University of Otago mental health expert Dr. Keri Lawson-Te Aho will be speaking at a rally organised by People Against Prisons Aotearoa (PAPA) in Wellington to oppose the building of a 600 bed unit for Waikeria prison. She will be joined by prominent human rights lawyer Gayaal Iddamalgoda, who ran as an independent candidate for […]

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Labour government to extend bans on strikes – Socialist Equality Group

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New Zealand’s Labour Party-led government is preparing to overhaul the country’s industrial laws, further restricting the right to strike for broad sections of workers. The creation of new “Fair Pay Agreements” (FPAs) was the cornerstone of Labour’s industrial policy during last September’s national election. It was fraudulently promoted as a measure designed “to give power […]

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Te Kuha protection a victory for the people, climate change – Coal Action Network

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The decision to protect a section of the West Coast’s Mt Rochfort Conservation area from becoming a coal mine – announced today by the Government – will come as an enormous relief to a lot of New Zealanders, Coal Action Network Aotearoa (CANA) said today. “This is a victory for the thousands who opposed this […]

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Conservation land saved from coal mine – Forest And Bird

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Forest & Bird is congratulating the Government on today’s announcement protecting pristine conservation land from the proposed opencast Te Kuha coal mine. “This is a hugely significant, forward-thinking decision, that future generations of New Zealanders will be thankful for,” says Forest & Bird Chief Executive Kevin Hague. In the decision today, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage […]

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EDS supports Visitor Levy

By   /  June 16, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The Environmental Defence Society supports the Government’s proposal to introduce a targeted Visitor Levy to apply at the New Zealand border. The Minister of Tourism has announced a proposed levy of $25-35 for inbound visitors to New Zealand with an expected annual return of $57-80 million. The funds will be spent on tourism infrastructure and […]

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Workers gather to picket Pak n’ Save Hastings – First Union

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Butchers, bakery, and deli staff along with shop floor workers will be picketing out the front of Pak n’ Save Hastings following multiple failed negotiations on unfair pay rates. On midday Saturday around 40 workers will be handing out flyers and speaking to customers about their woes with the company which they have found to […]

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Burger King quickly flame-grilling good will – CTU

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Council of Trade Unions Secretary Sam Huggard said today that Burger King should stick to flame-grilling burgers instead of roasting employment relations, as Unite members have had to resort to taking industrial action around the country. “Unite has made it really clear to Burger King that its lack of action to clean up unpaid work […]

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Burger King workers to strike Saturday and Sunday – Unite Union

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Burger King workers to strike Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June. As strike action continues today Unite Union have just issued another notice of strike action for Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June. “Not all our members are rostered on a Friday and since we notified members of the strikes for today many only working […]

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CPAG urges immediate action on sanctions where there are children

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Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says New Zealand must take heed of UK studies into the ineffectiveness and negative outcomes of welfare sanctions. The Guardian reports that a major recent UK study found “benefit sanctions do little to enhance people’s motivation to prepare for, seek or enter paid work. [Sanctions] routinely trigger profoundly negative personal, […]

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Living Wage for public services “an important step”

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Living Wage Movement Aotearoa New Zealand welcomes the Government’s announcement on the Living Wage for core public services. “It’s fantastic news that the Government is honouring its commitment to public servants to make sure no one is earning less than the Living Wage,” says Annie Newman, Convenor of Living Wage Aotearoa New Zealand. “As we […]

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E tū awaits Living Wage for Government contract workers

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E tū has welcomed the Government’s decision to move all directly employed workers in the core public service to a wage rate of at least $20.55 – the 2018 Living Wage. However, the union says the Living Wage needs to be extended to contract workers who also work in the core public service. E tū […]

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Japan: Investigate brewer Kirin over payments to Myanmar military amid ethnic cleansing of Rohingya – Amnesty International

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Japanese authorities must urgently launch an investigation into payments that a subsidiary of the multinational brewing giant Kirin made to Myanmar’s military and authorities at the height of an ethnic cleansing campaign against the Rohingya population in late 2017, Amnesty International said today. In correspondence with Amnesty International, Kirin Holdings Company, Inc. said that its subsidiary […]

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New Housing Ministry Good Step Forward – Salvation Army

By   /  June 11, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The Salvation Army welcomes the creation of a stand-alone ministry to coordinate and drive solutions to the housing crisis The establishment of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, creates the possibility for a centralised agency to consider the whole housing continuum, from homelessness to people affording their own homes, says Lt-Colonel Ian Hutson, Director […]

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NZNO condemns violence on first responders – NZNO

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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) supports the stand taken by international organisations and governments condemning attacks on health personnel in Palestine. On Friday 1 June 21 year old nurse Razan al-Najar was fatally shot while carrying out her duties as a volunteer in the Palestinian Medic Relief Society. About 245 health care workers and […]

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