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Why Israel is an apartheid state”

By   /  February 16, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 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  /  20 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  /  41 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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Answering right-wing dogmas against increasing the minimum wage

By   /  November 10, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

Bosses 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.

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Capitalism has failed

By   /  November 4, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

The capitalist economic system is also based on endless growth. On average, the system has grown about three percent a year for 200 years. But today, that perpetual growth machine is suffocating the planet and as it does so it will destroy humanity’s ability to coexist with the planet for their own survival.

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The Minimum Wage decision is big win for workers and should be celebrated

By   /  October 26, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

It is a mistake to underestimate the importance of the decision to lift the minimum wage to $20 an hour by April 2021. This will involve a significant real increase in wages for hundreds of thousands of workers in this country.

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What I want from a Labour/NZ First/Green Government

By   /  October 20, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

It was one of the mad failures of the nine-years of the last Labour-led government that union membership density as a percentage of the working class was lower at the end than the beginning. The changes to industrial and other laws were too inconsequential to allow unions to grow easily – especially in the private sector which covers fewer than 10% of the private sector workforce. The goal should be to double or treble that percentage.

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Capitalism kills and maims daily

By   /  October 14, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

Burn of fast food worker Kiwi workers are being killed at the rate of one a week and on average someone is seriously injured every day. These grim statistics are contained in a report by the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety. The numbers reveal that over 51 Kiwis a year are killed at […]

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If NZ First go with National it’s a suicide note for their party

By   /  September 29, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  35 Comments

The problem for every potential government is that they have very limited spending options given they are all committed to not increasing taxes on anyone (including the very wealthy).  But if Winston wants to claim any policy “wins” that he can be allowed to identify himself and his party with it seems much more likely that Labour and the Greens could deliver them.

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