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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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Union leader Mike Treen to join ship trying to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza

By   /  July 11, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

Veteran human rights campaigner and union leader, Mike Treen, is about to join the 2018 international Freedom Flotilla determined to challenge Israel’s 11-year inhumane naval blockade of Gaza later this month.

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Popcorn "strike" planned for Hoyts Cinemas Saturday

By   /  July 6, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

In what has been dubbed a “Popcorn Strike” Unite Union will be handing out free popcorn outside Hoyts Cinemas to support Hoyts workers who have been threatened with being locked out until the end of July if they go on strike for only one minute. Workers are being told they must accept an offer that […]

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Cruel threat from across the ditch – Hoyts workers face month-long lockout

By   /  July 2, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Cruel threat from across the ditch – Hoyts workers face month-long lockout

Hoyts cinemas have threatened their workers that if they take even 1 minute of strike action, they will be locked out of the workplace for almost a month. The threat comes after union members rejected a 3-year offer that would have seen all staff who are not on base rates that automatically move with the minimum […]

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Event Cinema and Unite Union reach agreement

By   /  July 2, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Event Cinema and Unite Union reach agreement

Event Cinema and Unite Union have agreed on the following joint statement.    Event Cinema and Unite Union are pleased to announce that the differences between us in negotiations on the collective agreement have been resolved.   The union and the company have reached a settlement which the union bargaining group is recommending to union members […]

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Changes to benefit sanctions regime welcome, but…

By   /  June 29, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

This is welcome news but it should be just the start of a new culture being imposed at WINZ.

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BREAKING: Unite Union says IRD going rogue against Labour Government!

By   /  June 28, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

Unite represents workers employed by Salmat who is a third party call centre operator currently contracted to provide services to the IRD. This contract was review early this year and Salmat’s services were discontinued to be replaced by temping agency Madison in September.

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