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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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Stolen Holiday Pay must be paid back – the Government must act

By   /  June 22, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

The truth is there is nothing very complicated about the calculation of annual leave. Leave was to be calculated weekly and when it was taken it should be valued at the greater of the worker’s current wage or their yearly average. This had been true since 1948.

What was clarified in the 2003 Act was that if it was difficult to determine what an ordinary week was, for example, because they worked variable hours each week, then the worker should get the higher of their yearly average or the average of the last four weeks. This was explained in the Act in minute detail. No mistaken understanding could be taken from the plain language.

It has become clear that almost no major employer or payroll provider did this simple calculation. Many also did not include regular allowances that should have been. 

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The workers strike back! BK, Wendy’s, Event Cinema workers take action

By   /  June 15, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

This weekend it is likely that you will see workers at Burger King, Wendy’s and Event Cinemas taking action to bring an end to their status as part of minimum wage industries as well as to protect or establish margins for skill and service.

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Unite to picket Wendy’s Dominion Rd, Auckland store 5pm tonight despite injunction

By   /  June 9, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

Supporters are being asked to come along and show that support outside the company’s Dominion Rd, Auckland, store tonight from 5-7pm.

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Why Wendy’s workers are striking

By   /  June 1, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

Wendy’s workers will be gathering outside the Te Atatu Wendy’s store at 7.30pm tonight to explain why they are striking to media and supporters. 

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A simple idea – how farmers can pay for their own problems

By   /  May 30, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

It’s going to cost the government at least $600 million to clean up this mess over the next decade

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EVENT Cinemas attempts to cut 10% of Cinema Workers wages in strike action

By   /  May 28, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on EVENT Cinemas attempts to cut 10% of Cinema Workers wages in strike action

Unite Union was informed by Event this morning that they will attempt to take 10% off workers wages who participated in a partial strike at the Albany cinema last Wednesday. Event Albany cinema workers had organised to not sell any food and drink to customers for the Star Wars Han Solo midnight screening. This followed […]

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More strikes planned for Event Cinemas this weekend – Unite

By   /  May 25, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on More strikes planned for Event Cinemas this weekend – Unite

Unite Union has authorised a window of industrial action across Event cinemas up and down New Zealand again today, following on from the success of Wednesday nights’ strike on the midnight screening of Star Wars movie Han Solo. This industrial action will run from Friday night until Sunday night during the opening weekend of this […]

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Star Wars Film to face strike action tonight at Event Cinemas

By   /  May 23, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Star Wars Film to face strike action tonight at Event Cinemas

Tonight, Unite Union advises Star Wars fan to go elsewhere instead of Event cinemas for the midnight premiere of Han Solo. Union members have voted to authorise strike action over a low offer of wages from the company. Asina Crawford, a cinema attendant and university student from St Luke’s in Auckland says “When I go […]

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Wendy’s impose cut in rostered hours for union members

By   /  May 23, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Wendy’s impose cut in rostered hours for union members

Unite members are balloting on whether to authorise strike action and the union believes the company is trying to intimidate staff. “This is a vicious attack on the very limited income these workers already receive,” says Unite Union National Director Mike Treen. “The company is claiming they have to do this because the collective agreement has expired. This […]

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Union leader Mike Treen to join flotilla to Gaza in July

By   /  May 21, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

Mike Treen spoke with acclaimed US/Palestinian author Dr Baroud who is currently on a speaking tour of New Zealand on why he is going on the Flotilla to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza. (See link below)

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