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Humanitarian concerns abused to promote regime change in Venezuela

By   /  February 21, 2019  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  No Comments

The US government has done everything within its power to cause the Venezuelan economy to suffer a deep recession combined with high inflation as the price of oil fell. This began under US President Obama and have been intensified by Trump.

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Elections, coups and people’s power in Venezuela

By   /  February 15, 2019  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

When asked in a very recent Venezuelan poll who they considered to be the legitimate president of Venezuela 57% replied Nicolas Maduro, the elected president of the country, compared to just 32% for Juan Guaido who “declared” himself president a few weeks ago.

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The Liberal Agenda – Please sign this GPJA letter for a “Hands Off Venezuela” day of action March 16

By   /  February 15, 2019  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  2 Comments

Global Peace and Justice Auckland is asking for individuals and organisations to endorse the following appeal:

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The Liberal Agenda – Hands Off Venezuela day of action March 16

By   /  February 13, 2019  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  4 Comments

Global Peace and Justice Auckland is asking for individuals and organisations to endorse the following appeal:

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Much has been made of the number of people “fleeing” Venezuela.

By   /  February 5, 2019  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

It probably doesn’t matter what type of government existed in Venezuela but a price decline of that magnitude in a country that gets 90% of its foreign exchange from oil would have been a disaster.

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A tale of two elections

By   /  January 29, 2019  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  25 Comments

We cannot allow the US empire to create another graveyard of popular hopes for freedom and independence in Venezuela today.

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Both Labour and National responsible for growth of homelessness and poverty

By   /  January 17, 2019  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  24 Comments

Basic benefit values were cut from 40% to 30 percent of the average wage in the early-1990s. Those cuts were dubbed Ruthenasia in recognition of the role of the then Minister of Finance of the newly-elected National Party Ruth Richardson who delivered the budget with the cuts.

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Facts refute critics of minimum wage increases – make the minimum wage a living wage

By   /  December 19, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

Many Employers 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.

I want to look at what actually happened in New Zealand when we had a similar percentage minimum wage rise over a similar period, from 2004 to 2008.

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Labour’s declining share of national income

By   /  December 4, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

The economist for the Council of Trade Unions Bill Rosenberg has produced some revealing data about the resumption of the declining share of labour income in the New Zealand economy in the most recent CTU economic Bulletin.

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My position on Trans Rights

By   /  November 29, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

There have been some questions raised about my support for Trans rights in New Zealand that I would like to clarify.

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EXCLUSIVE: Government accounting fraud, NZ Super and austerity

By   /  November 16, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

The government commits a form of accounting fraud when it refuses to include the $41 billion in the NZ Super Fund as part of the government’s assets.

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Why did New Zealand suffer the worst casualty rate in World War One?

By   /  November 11, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  27 Comments

New Zealand casualty rate in that war, killed or wounded, was 58%. That is equal to one-quarter of the adult male population aged between 20 and 45 and eligible to serve. Our death rate of those who served at 16.6% was higher than that suffered by Germany!

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“Being Treated like slaves”: Why migrant exploitation exists

By   /  October 27, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

Recently Unite Union discovered a case of migrant exploitation where the workers talked about being “treated like slaves”.

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When will we get our holiday pay money? Are MBIE part of the problem?

By   /  October 20, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

Information released to the Council of Trade Unions (CTU) by the Ministry of Business, Industry and Enterprise (MBIE) reveals a massive series of problems that could leave most workers missing out on receiving money they are owed.

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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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