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Trumps anti-Cuba policy should be condemned

By   /  June 24, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

The latest rollback of the Obama presidency’s easing of relations with Cuba as a deepening of the blockade, now in place for 54 years, should be condemned.

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Danger! The economic bubble is bursting

By   /  June 18, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

Statistics NZ figures released this week have confirmed that New Zealand is in recession on a per capita basis as the economy has declined for two-quarters when measured on this basis.

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A victory for left in extaordinary UK election

By   /  June 12, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

Corbyn and the left now need their mandate to clean house within the Labour Party to ensure the loyalty of all MPs to the new left-wing party programme. It is probable a number will simply retire and take job offer from their big business mates rather than be part of a Corbyn-led party.  Others may want to start another centrist Blairite type party. But it is the absolute democratic right of members to go through a selection process for MPs before the next election.

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On the eve of UK election, here was my meeting with Labour shadow chancellor – a socialist leader of working class

By   /  June 8, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

Having strong left-wing leaders of the Labour Party is an unusual phenomenon for the UK. Corbyn was elected leader with the overwhelming support of the party members but opposition from the overwhelming majority of Labour MPs. This is a contradiction that cannot last indefinitely.

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Invite to "Victory Party" for Corbyn-led Labour in UK election

By   /  June 8, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  7 Comments

WHAT: UK election results
WHEN: 2pm
WHERE: Unite Union HQ, 6a Western Springs Rd, Morningside, Auckland

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Corbyn victory possible – Tories panic

By   /  June 2, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  49 Comments

The Jeremy Corbyn lead Labour party has gone from 28% to 38% in the polls in a few weeks. They are now just three points behind in one of the most recent. This happened as soon as certain electortal rules kicked in for the media to start treating each party in a fairer way.

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Andrew: I did try to warn you!

By   /  May 29, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

In December last year I wrote the following column. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

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McDonald’s agreement confirms why we need unions

By   /  May 26, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

McDonald’s workers will be voting on new Collective Agreement between the multinantional giant and Unite Union this week.

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Why I don’t blame poverty for causing crime

By   /  May 12, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  22 Comments

I disagree with many people on the left who blame crime on poverty. I believe it is a product of the breakdown in human solidarity. Sometimes that is associated with periods of social crisis, unemployment and poverty – but not always. And it is not a simple matter of cause and effect.

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“Extend the Amnesty” – A strategy for Immigration reform

By   /  May 5, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

Unionists and other progressive minded people need to put a stake in the ground in opposition to the latest immigration proposals from the government.

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Meeting to discuss plight of people on work and student visas

By   /  April 29, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  8 Comments

Come to a meeting at the Unitarian Church, 6pm, Monday, May 1, 1a Ponsonby Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland City.

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PREDICTION: Crash in migrant numbers coming – let people stay

By   /  April 28, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  26 Comments

Every political party is lying about migration.

They do this by fudging the numbers.

Most importantly the fail to distinguish between those being admitted as permanent residents, those who come as students or temporary workers and those who come and go on a permanent or long-term basis.

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Anzac Day: Remembering the futility of wars for empire!

By   /  April 27, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

Anzac Day is important to remember because of the utter futility of being part of an imperialist military alliance. New Zealand casualties in that war, killed or wounded, were 58%. That is equal to one-quarter of the adult male population. Our death rate of those who served at 16.6% was higher than that suffered by Germany!

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MUST READ: Migrant labour sytem is broken and needs radical change not tinkering

By   /  April 21, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

The recent government changes to how approvals are managed for permanent residents will do nothing to alter the system of exploitation of tens of thousands of workers here on temporary work visas.

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Fast food companies seem to want a fight – I say bring it on

By   /  April 7, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

Fast food companies are trying to wriggle out of legal and contractual obligations around basic rights of workers to guaranteed hours and annual leave.

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Labour and Green’s promise to uphold neoliberal dogmas – why?

By   /  March 25, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  28 Comments

The strange part of Labour and the Greens signing up to tired dogmas from the past is that people actually don’t care about them. Only the ruling elites do. There are not many votes there. That’s Math.

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