The Daily Blog Open Mic – 15th May 2022

Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

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  1. “Israeli riot police on Friday (local time) pushed and beat pallbearers at the funeral for slain Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, causing them to briefly drop the casket in a shocking start to a procession that turned into perhaps the largest display of Palestinian nationalism in Jerusalem in a generation.”

    Really?????

    Shocking that the international community condones this behaviour – there should be sanctions called against this type of behaviour by governments – assassination, lying and then beating up the pallbearers.

    No wonder the world is becoming more divided by race – division needs to be stopped by making sure that international law is not influenced by race and power and justice is done even if you are a powerful nation.

  2. Countdown also pay less ACC than everyone else it seems!

    ‘Rather than being handled by ACC like most Kiwis’ workplace injury claims, Cody’s claims are being managed by insurer WorkAon, a third-party administrator sub-contracted by Countdown.

    Countdown is able to handle injury claims in-house because its parent company, Woolworths NZ, is one of 140 large businesses enrolled in ACC’s Accredited Employer’s Programme (AEP).

    By being part of the AEP, Countdown gets a massive discount on its ACC levies – but it’s not without risk. The supermarket giant must assume responsibility for every injury suffered by its workers, including the costs of rehabilitation, weekly compensation and other entitlements ACC would normally take on.

    Cody hasn’t got any of that, and is still awaiting the outcomes of a number of claims relating to his accidents.’

  3. Some good links from greywarbler yesterday.

    NZ has a big problem with incompetence around construction including a lack of interest from construction firms to make sure that their workers are qualified and a lack of interest by NZ government laws to make sure that they are prosecuted appropriately or treat it seriously as a breach of the law and heavily fine/criminally prosecute companies for not ensuring their workers are qualified.

    I guess they get away with it, as seen by the CTV building which collapsed and killed 115 people (60% of all earthquake victims) but nobody was prosecuted for it even though the engineer was not qualified or supervised properly. Should be manslaughter and very high levels of prosecution to the firm and directors.

    Some of the major NZ engineering firms are not using qualified labour across all parts of the business and get away with it.

    Student engineer signed off dozens of projects while posing as structural expert-https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/467061/student-engineer-signed-off-dozens-of-projects-while-posing-as-structural-expert

    Engineer behind faulty Christchurch office building found to be ‘incompetent’
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/300575951/engineer-behind-faulty-christchurch-office-building-found-to-be-incompetent

    Inquiry finds structural engineer negligent but not incompetent
    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/457789/inquiry-finds-structural-engineer-negligent-but-not-incompetent

    On the CTV building deaths. Shirtcliff moved to OZ and nothing was done about his role in 115 deaths.

    “In September 2012 it was discovered the man who supervised the building’s construction had faked his engineering degree. Gerald Shirtcliff had stolen the identity of a retired engineer based in the UK, William Fisher.[10] The pair had been friends in the 1960s, and Shirtcliff stole Fisher’s degree by adopting his name.[11] It was later discovered Shirtcliff’s father had done most of the work on his masters in highway engineering.[12]”

  4. There are sages who have said that ACC was to be privatised. Sir Michael Cullen was there. And efficiency of the business cheapness and/or profit even though it is ‘government’) seems the theme not helping hurt NZs. Now they run your info through computers and their algorithms make decisions while any real people employed treat the clients as if they were actors in some soap opera which they discuss with their friends and family.

    newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2022/05/23yo-auckland-man-in-insurance-battle-after-back-injury-costs-him-his-job-and-ability-to-walk.html]
    https://www.newshub.co.nz › home › new-zealand › 2022 › 05 › 23yo-auckland-man-in-insurance-battle-after-back-injury-costs-him-his-job-and-ability-to-walk.html
    23yo Auckland man in insurance battle after back injury costs him his …
    Countdown is able to handle injury claims in-house because its parent company, Woolworths NZ, is one of 140 large businesses enrolled in ACC’s Accredited Employer’s Programme (AEP).

    His tenure at the supermarket was plagued by injury. In a 22-month period from January 2020 to October 2021, he had five work accidents that took him away from work – sometimes for weeks at a time.
    “I’d start feeling tightness, and it would just get really painful either later that day or in the morning the next day,” Cody told Newshub. “Out of nowhere my back would just [go] boom.”

    But it was an incident on October 24 last year that really tipped Cody’s life upside-down. While lifting heavy crates of produce, he felt a surge of pain ripple through his lower back and instantly knew it was bad.
    He took the next day off, then the next – and suddenly it was weeks later and he still hadn’t improved. Cody tried a few days of light duties here and there, but by November the pain was so bad a doctor declared him unfit for work, and he had no choice but to stop shifts altogether.
    His condition only worsened from there. Months of rest seemingly had no effect, and by March Cody’s injury would become so excruciating he’d be rushed to hospital in an ambulance amid fears he had a rare condition that could leave him paralysed without urgent surgery.
    Cody thankfully got the all-clear on that condition but months on, the pain remains and it’s now so bad he’s unable to walk without an aid.

    Until now, and despite his best efforts, Cody has yet to receive any entitlements other than an offer to cover six physiotherapy sessions.
    Rather than being handled by ACC like most Kiwis’ workplace injury claims, Cody’s claims are being managed by insurer WorkAon, a third-party administrator sub-contracted by the supermarket chain he worked for.
    The supermarket is able to handle injury claims in-house because its parent company is one of 140 large businesses enrolled in ACC’s Accredited Employer’s Programme (AEP).
    By being part of the AEP, the supermarket gets a massive discount on its ACC levies – but it’s not without risk. It must also assume responsibility for every injury suffered by its workers, including the costs of rehabilitation, weekly compensation and other entitlements ACC would normally take on.

    Cody hasn’t got any of that, and is still awaiting the outcomes of a number of claims relating to his accidents.

    Jobs that require physical , manual labour and are unskilled, are they not considered of value, and so the people who do them the same? Everyone can’t be in non-productive work, tapping out information, doing deals, preparing coloured graphs on profitability etc. I don’t like this ‘smart’ economy and the people who do like it have needle sharp teeth it seems, ready to bite off the head of any unsuitable types who don’t fit the mould.

    Is this the approach of our government that we voted in to serve our interests and pay vast sums to? It goes about palming off public services that relate to people and society and how we live and wellbeing -that’s just a lesser business they can’t be bothered with.

  5. Seen it here first probably the next Green Party policy idea!!

    When the woke can’t solve poverty they then went online to see what other countries were doing and found PERIOD poverty!

    So I would not be surprised if the next great woke idea is copy

    “Spain to become the first western country to offer national paid menstrual leave”.

    Yep, when some of the major unions gave up of workers rights to concentrate on unemployed and mass migration instead – unions then pushed through 10 days sick leave.

    Of course this has marginalised the worker wage divide further as the big problem in NZ is that many low income workers are not actually employed by a company thus they will never get the sick leave, as they are self employed or gig or contractors.

    Thus what better way to marginalise more low income workers and pushing identity, than to worry about 30% of woman who get painful period!

    I’m sure this one is a winner for Labour and unions!

  6. It’s here! The bump in the global economy is finally here.
    When these guys start moaning about having to devalue their businesses by hundreds of billions of dollars. And who were creaming it throughout the lockdowns for the last two years, you know the slow down comes next when people live less online.

    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2022/may/15/tech-market-boom-bust-stocks

    A little more local.

    https://www.interest.co.nz/public-policy/115810/economic-and-political-aftershocks-russia%E2%80%99s-invasion-continued-week-europe

  7. Made a comment about Martyn’s ‘woke’ line and Trotter’s ‘co-governance’ — completely disappeared, along with the whole letter column. Dave over at Bowalley held my comments back for three days. The way to diminish knowledge for the people’s cause. Good way for bankrupt talkers for the Left to carry on their ‘Dairy’ small businesses. If my estimation is true, the 3 major bloggers are scoundrels.

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