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There is a lot of noise but little light being shown on the debate over a capital gains tax (CGT)

By   /  April 20, 2019  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

What the middle-class liberals who dominate the leadership in the Green and Labour Parties don’t have any recognition of is that working people in New Zealand are radically overtaxed and deeply resent that. This is especially true when considered in relation to the benefits we are able to access through the public health, education, housing systems.

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Closing the gap between the minimum wage and the living wage

By   /  April 12, 2019  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

As the minimum wage gets closer to the living wage the goal of cementing in a  living wage rate (or preferably the two-thirds of the average wage goal) to be written into our collective employment agreements becomes more realistic.

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All employer-assisted migrant workers deserve a chance to have a pathway to residency

By   /  March 29, 2019  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

We are a union of 7000 financial members. We estimate that up to one-quarter of our members could be on a temporary work visa. We cover workers in fast food, hospitality, hotels, call centres and security. We also have members in English Language Schools. Unite Union believes it is necessary to review the entire system […]

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The Liberal Agenda – National Day of mourning still needed

By   /  March 22, 2019  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  Comments Off on The Liberal Agenda – National Day of mourning still needed

A National Day of mourning is still needed. One was held following the Christchurch earthquake and today’s terror victims deserve at least.

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The Liberal Agenda – Love Aotearoa Hate Racism – Thousands expected at Sunday rally

By   /  March 20, 2019  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  1 Comment

Love Aotearoa Hate Racism (LAHR) is anticipating an unprecedented turnout at our rally against Islamophobia and racism at Auckland’s Aotea Square this Sunday, March 24, at 2pm. 

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National Day of “Peace, Love, Solidarity” needed.

By   /  March 18, 2019  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

We need to do more, much more to challenge all forms of bigotry and hatred. This includes on a personal level calling out anyone and everyone who peddles the lies and hatreds. It means physically protecting where necessary any people that are being targetted for abuse for their race, religion, ethnicity, sex or gender.

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The Liberal Agenda – Hands off Venezuela – protest Saturday, 2pm, Aotea Square, Auckland

By   /  March 14, 2019  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  2 Comments

Global Peace and Justice Auckland is encouraging all supporters of peace and justice to join the international day of action on Saturday, March 16 against the US government’s effort to engineer a coup in Venezuela and a new devastating war there.

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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  /  5 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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