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Labour’s declining share of national income

By   /  December 4, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

The economist for the Council of Trade Unions Bill Rosenberg has produced some revealing data about the resumption of the declining share of labour income in the New Zealand economy in the most recent CTU economic Bulletin.

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My position on Trans Rights

By   /  November 29, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

There have been some questions raised about my support for Trans rights in New Zealand that I would like to clarify.

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EXCLUSIVE: Government accounting fraud, NZ Super and austerity

By   /  November 16, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

The government commits a form of accounting fraud when it refuses to include the $41 billion in the NZ Super Fund as part of the government’s assets.

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Why did New Zealand suffer the worst casualty rate in World War One?

By   /  November 11, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  27 Comments

New Zealand casualty rate in that war, killed or wounded, was 58%. That is equal to one-quarter of the adult male population aged between 20 and 45 and eligible to serve. Our death rate of those who served at 16.6% was higher than that suffered by Germany!

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“Being Treated like slaves”: Why migrant exploitation exists

By   /  October 27, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

Recently Unite Union discovered a case of migrant exploitation where the workers talked about being “treated like slaves”.

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When will we get our holiday pay money? Are MBIE part of the problem?

By   /  October 20, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

Information released to the Council of Trade Unions (CTU) by the Ministry of Business, Industry and Enterprise (MBIE) reveals a massive series of problems that could leave most workers missing out on receiving money they are owed.

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Annual Leave: Time’s Up – Pay it back!

By   /  September 21, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Hundreds of millions of dollars are owed to hundreds of thousands of workers and only the top 100 employers are being asked to fix the problem and pay it back.

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A stupid missed opportunity that will hurt workers rights

By   /  September 14, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

The government has decided to miss an important opportunity to increase workers rights as part of the proposed changes to the employment relations act.

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How I got hijacked, kidnapped, tasered, cracked ribs and a fractured foot at the hands of the Israeli military in international waters

By   /  September 9, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

The headline tells the end of the story following an attempt by myself and others to take a Norwegian fishing boat loaded with medical supplies to the Palestinian territory of Gaza.

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More “fiscal responsibility stupidity”

By   /  September 1, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

The government “couldn’t” borrow directly because they had imposed an arbitrary limit on themselves that belongs in the realm of voodoo economics rather than science. 

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Open Letter to Winston Peters regarding Israeli aggression & MFAT collusion

By   /  August 31, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  25 Comments

Thank you for responding to my letter of concern about the behaviour of the NZ Honorary Consul in Israel during my detention in that country for trying to break the siege of Gaza and deliver medical supplies to that part of Palestine.

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Workers and their unions must defend right to free speech

By   /  August 10, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

Unionists the world over have been victims of the lack of free speech in societies run by and for the wealthy 1%.

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An Open Letter To Winston Peters

By   /  August 7, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  25 Comments

It was with some personal disappointment that despite several letters from my friends and colleagues, there appeared to be no action by the New Zealand government to protest the hijacking of the boat I was travelling on, Al Awda, and from which I was kidnapped and detained by the Israeli military from international waters on Sunday, July 29.

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URGENT: Mike Treen kidnapped by Israel

By   /  July 30, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  65 Comments

Mike has been kidnapped by the Israeli Navy Please view his important message and urgently contact the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rt Hon Winston Peters, asking him to demand the Israeli government immediately release all flotilla participants and ensure the cargo of medical aid is promptly delivered to Gaza. His email address: w.peters@ministers.govt.nz

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Mike Treen reports as Gaza flotilla sails from Sicily

By   /  July 23, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

The converted fishing trawler I am travelling on, the Al Awda, along with three sailing yachts are under constant guard as previous flotillas have been sabotaged in foreign ports by the Israeli secret services trying to stop the attempts to break the blockade.

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Mike Treen leaves NZ for Gaza Flotilla

By   /  July 18, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

Mike Treen – National Director of Unite Union Auckland speaks before departing to join the 2018 Gaza Freedom Flotilla

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