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Why Israel is an apartheid state”

By   /  February 16, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

I wanted to address an issue that I think is important in terms of the ongoing campaign around human rights for the people of Palestine, justice for the people of Palestine, and that is what is our attitude to the Jewish people in that state of Israel.

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No more prisons – find another way!

By   /  February 9, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

The fact that half the prison population in New Zealand is Maori is simply a national scandal that must be ended.

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Pay the full Working for Families package to all low-income families on April 1

By   /  February 2, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

The government has announced goals to halve child poverty in three critical measures over the next decade. These are realistic and achievable targets that will be welcomed. However, it is wrong for the government to delay the introduction of their boost to working for families for a further five months until July. 

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The proposed employment law changes

By   /  January 26, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  41 Comments

While these changes will make the unions job a little bit easier it will not significantly enhance workers power. 

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Take back ACC’s $30 billion in stolen taxes

By   /  January 20, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

The government has opened or will be opening, some doors that will enable unions and other progressive movements to push for far more than is currently being offered.

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Minimum wage increase good but we need to protect margins for skill and service

By   /  December 22, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Minimum wage increase good but we need to protect margins for skill and service

Unite Union has welcomed the increase in the minimum wage from April of 75 cents an hour. We see this as just a modest first step in improving the minimum wage to achieve the government’s objective of $20 an hour by April 20121. The next three years will require an increase of over $1 an […]

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For a living wage PLUS restoring margins for skills and service

By   /  December 19, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

2018 will see Unite Union campaigning to rewrite all new collective agreements to ensure that all workers benefit from the planned increase in the minimum wage to $20 an hour by April 1, 2021.

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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  /  6 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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