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Agriculture: A Free Ride and Out of Control

By   /  July 15, 2013  /  James Ritchie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

New Zealand’s economic future largely depends upon a sustainable system of agriculture. Rather than follow the rest of the world in rapidly eroding the basis of a sustainable food system through a policy of doing little of any consequence to mitigate the effects of climate change, would we not be better to lead?

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Are we just consumers now?

By   /  June 17, 2013  /  James Ritchie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

The primary purpose of our work is not so we can all consume more, but that we can all contribute to our collective society where we can live well together and meet our needs, enjoy life and live in dignity.
Work and society are inextricably linked. We cannot have a fair and sustainable society without people working in dignity.

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The price of cheap clothes and cheap food

By   /  May 13, 2013  /  James Ritchie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

The next time you consume garlic from China or put on a T-shirt manufactured in Bangladesh spare a thought for the workers. That is if you even know where the product or its ingredients come from. Without mandatory country of origin labeling of food in New Zealand we are in the dark over the source of many food ingredients.

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How NZ Trade Unions combat neoliberalism

By   /  April 8, 2013  /  James Ritchie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

Winning politically is not only about criticizing the neo liberal policies of the Right. The Left is in need of some serious self- analysis and this blog briefly discusses some of the challenges facing trade unions.

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The Financialisation of the Economy

By   /  February 28, 2013  /  James Ritchie, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

“The company name may change but the methods to lower costs stay the same. In Alexandria, Egypt, workers formed an independent union in the wake of the Arab Spring. But for Kraft/Mondelez, human rights stopped at the factory gates. An independent union could not be tolerated.”

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About James Ritchie

By   /  February 21, 2013  /  James Ritchie  /  Comments Off on About James Ritchie

James Ritchie – Born in Gore, he attended Gore High School and the University of Otago graduating with a BA Hons. He was employed as a gravedigger at Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin. James then became: Gravediggers job delegate Active in the 5 week Dunedin City Council Labourers Strike of 1978 Delegate to Otago Trades Council […]

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