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Open letter to Russel Creedy from Unite over Alternative holiday theft

By   /  December 12, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

It is with great concern that the manipulation of rosters to deny staff alternative holidays at Restaurant Brands has been confirmed to be so widespread that it must have been company policy at a senior level.

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Don’t be grinch at Xmas

By   /  December 12, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

The exposure of the theft of alternative holidays – otherwise known as lieu days – by the Wendy’s corporation has opened up a pandora’s box of holiday theft allegations across this and other industries.

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Poverty and inequality won’t be challenged by Tax working group

By   /  December 5, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

Last week Statistics NZ released the National Accounts for the year to March 2017, which revealed that working people are receiving only 48.7% of the national pie compared to a peak of 58.7% in 1981.

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Australian refugee rights leader in NZ to support admission of people on Manus

By   /  November 27, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Australian refugee rights leader in NZ to support admission of people on Manus

Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Australian advocacy group, Refugee Action Coalition, in Auckland for a series of meetings with refugee and migrant groups,  has called for the newly elected Labour government not to allow the dismissiveness of the Australian government  to deter them from their humanitarian offer to take 150 refugees from Manus Island. “The […]

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Wendy’s must give workers 5 years worth of alternative holidays

By   /  November 18, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

The right of workers to an alternative holiday when working on a public holiday has been strongly affirmed in an Employment Relations Authority decision against Wendco (NZ) Limited, the company that operates the Wendy’s stores in New Zealand.

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Answering right-wing dogmas against increasing the minimum wage

By   /  November 10, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

Bosses and their paid servants in the so-called economics “profession” are already screaming about the proposed minimum wage hike in New Zealand to $20 an hour by April 2021. Most of their objections amount to the repetition of dogma which they want us to believe is some sort of science. Usually, very few facts are ever advanced to support their views.

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Employees must be offered additional work before new staff are hired – Unite

By   /  November 7, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

In a determination of the Employment Relations Authority released yesterday, it was held that Wendy’s was required to offer Rosemary Williams additional hours of work before it hired new staff. It had failed to do so over a 3-month period which disadvantaged Ms Williams and Wendy’s was ordered to pay over $3000 in compensation. The […]

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Capitalism has failed

By   /  November 4, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

The capitalist economic system is also based on endless growth. On average, the system has grown about three percent a year for 200 years. But today, that perpetual growth machine is suffocating the planet and as it does so it will destroy humanity’s ability to coexist with the planet for their own survival.

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Bring Our Students Back – Migrant Lives Matter

By   /  October 26, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

This Sunday at 3pm at the Unitarian Church in Ponsonby Auckland there will be a rally to ask the new government to allow the Indian students who had been forced to leave by the previous government. A group of these students had sought sanctuary at the church earlier this year to protest against their deportations […]

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The Minimum Wage decision is big win for workers and should be celebrated

By   /  October 26, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

It is a mistake to underestimate the importance of the decision to lift the minimum wage to $20 an hour by April 2021. This will involve a significant real increase in wages for hundreds of thousands of workers in this country.

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What I want from a Labour/NZ First/Green Government

By   /  October 20, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

It was one of the mad failures of the nine-years of the last Labour-led government that union membership density as a percentage of the working class was lower at the end than the beginning. The changes to industrial and other laws were too inconsequential to allow unions to grow easily – especially in the private sector which covers fewer than 10% of the private sector workforce. The goal should be to double or treble that percentage.

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Capitalism kills and maims daily

By   /  October 14, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

Burn of fast food worker Kiwi workers are being killed at the rate of one a week and on average someone is seriously injured every day. These grim statistics are contained in a report by the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety. The numbers reveal that over 51 Kiwis a year are killed at […]

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If NZ First go with National it’s a suicide note for their party

By   /  September 29, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  35 Comments

The problem for every potential government is that they have very limited spending options given they are all committed to not increasing taxes on anyone (including the very wealthy).  But if Winston wants to claim any policy “wins” that he can be allowed to identify himself and his party with it seems much more likely that Labour and the Greens could deliver them.

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The only votes that count is the party vote – except in………

By   /  September 20, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  31 Comments

Given the momentum shift in the last few weeks it seems inevitable there will be a change in government.

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Postie forced to work with supervisor who threatened her life

By   /  September 19, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Postie forced to work with supervisor who threatened her life

Postie forced to work with supervisor who threatened her life A postal worker was expected to continue working with her supervisor after the supervisor threatened to kill her, despite New Zealand Post investigating the worker’s complaint and acknowledging that the threat actually happened. Jessica Peebles, who worked at the Hamilton delivery branch of New Zealand […]

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Come on Labour – please stop digging holes!

By   /  September 15, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  51 Comments

The middle-class leaders of the Labour Party do not feel the deep resentment working people have to being taxed to death and then having charges imposed on us for things that should be free – like health and education.

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