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Wage theft at Maccas – $1 million a year in lieu days or public holiday pay

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

It has been over three years since we first wrote to the company questioning how they calculated annual leave and asking them to fix it. At first, they simply ignored or rejected our arguments out of hand. We then applied for an Employment Relations Authority hearing on the issue. 

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Open letter to new Government: How to find $36 billion for health spending and lower ACC levies at the same time

By   /  April 11, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

I explained a few weeks ago that the government had $36 billion in an investment account that could be taken and used to fund the desperate improvements we need in the health sector. They could do this without breaching their self-imposed fiscal responsibility rules.

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Billions owed in leave – Why are we waiting?

By   /  March 25, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

Three years ago Unite wrote to all our big employers telling them that they had been miscalculating annual leave payments to their employees for years and they needed to fix it.

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Action is needed no to solve the problems associated with migrant labour exploitation

By   /  March 9, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  27 Comments

In the six years to 2017, there were 11,000 cases of migrant exploitation reported to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). Of these only 5700 were investigated and 15o prosecuted. The chances of getting caught and prosecuted for migrant exploitation are infinitesimally small. Exploitative and abusive employers just laugh all the way to the bank.

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Housing for need not speculation

By   /  March 3, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  22 Comments

Despite stopping further sales, housing remains one area where the government remains committed to almost a completely market-based solution. For various reasons in this country, housing has become a speculative nightmare with prices beyond what working people can afford.

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Protest today against rip-off of overseas students

By   /  February 23, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

A group of Chinese students are demanding that the government help them after NZQA have closed their school and discovered that the owner has stolen most of their money. 

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Why Israel is an apartheid state”

By   /  February 16, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 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  /  15 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  /  29 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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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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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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