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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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How I got hijacked, kidnapped, tasered, cracked ribs and a fractured foot at the hands of the Israeli military in international waters

By   /  September 9, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

The headline tells the end of the story following an attempt by myself and others to take a Norwegian fishing boat loaded with medical supplies to the Palestinian territory of Gaza.

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More “fiscal responsibility stupidity”

By   /  September 1, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

The government “couldn’t” borrow directly because they had imposed an arbitrary limit on themselves that belongs in the realm of voodoo economics rather than science. 

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Open Letter to Winston Peters regarding Israeli aggression & MFAT collusion

By   /  August 31, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  25 Comments

Thank you for responding to my letter of concern about the behaviour of the NZ Honorary Consul in Israel during my detention in that country for trying to break the siege of Gaza and deliver medical supplies to that part of Palestine.

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Workers and their unions must defend right to free speech

By   /  August 10, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

Unionists the world over have been victims of the lack of free speech in societies run by and for the wealthy 1%.

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An Open Letter To Winston Peters

By   /  August 7, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  25 Comments

It was with some personal disappointment that despite several letters from my friends and colleagues, there appeared to be no action by the New Zealand government to protest the hijacking of the boat I was travelling on, Al Awda, and from which I was kidnapped and detained by the Israeli military from international waters on Sunday, July 29.

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URGENT: Mike Treen kidnapped by Israel

By   /  July 30, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  65 Comments

Mike has been kidnapped by the Israeli Navy Please view his important message and urgently contact the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rt Hon Winston Peters, asking him to demand the Israeli government immediately release all flotilla participants and ensure the cargo of medical aid is promptly delivered to Gaza. His email address: w.peters@ministers.govt.nz

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Mike Treen reports as Gaza flotilla sails from Sicily

By   /  July 23, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

The converted fishing trawler I am travelling on, the Al Awda, along with three sailing yachts are under constant guard as previous flotillas have been sabotaged in foreign ports by the Israeli secret services trying to stop the attempts to break the blockade.

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Mike Treen leaves NZ for Gaza Flotilla

By   /  July 18, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

Mike Treen – National Director of Unite Union Auckland speaks before departing to join the 2018 Gaza Freedom Flotilla

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Changes to benefit sanctions regime welcome, but…

By   /  June 29, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

This is welcome news but it should be just the start of a new culture being imposed at WINZ.

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BREAKING: Unite Union says IRD going rogue against Labour Government!

By   /  June 28, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

Unite represents workers employed by Salmat who is a third party call centre operator currently contracted to provide services to the IRD. This contract was review early this year and Salmat’s services were discontinued to be replaced by temping agency Madison in September.

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Stolen Holiday Pay must be paid back – the Government must act

By   /  June 22, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

The truth is there is nothing very complicated about the calculation of annual leave. Leave was to be calculated weekly and when it was taken it should be valued at the greater of the worker’s current wage or their yearly average. This had been true since 1948.

What was clarified in the 2003 Act was that if it was difficult to determine what an ordinary week was, for example, because they worked variable hours each week, then the worker should get the higher of their yearly average or the average of the last four weeks. This was explained in the Act in minute detail. No mistaken understanding could be taken from the plain language.

It has become clear that almost no major employer or payroll provider did this simple calculation. Many also did not include regular allowances that should have been. 

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The workers strike back! BK, Wendy’s, Event Cinema workers take action

By   /  June 15, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

This weekend it is likely that you will see workers at Burger King, Wendy’s and Event Cinemas taking action to bring an end to their status as part of minimum wage industries as well as to protect or establish margins for skill and service.

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Unite to picket Wendy’s Dominion Rd, Auckland store 5pm tonight despite injunction

By   /  June 9, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

Supporters are being asked to come along and show that support outside the company’s Dominion Rd, Auckland, store tonight from 5-7pm.

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Why Wendy’s workers are striking

By   /  June 1, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

Wendy’s workers will be gathering outside the Te Atatu Wendy’s store at 7.30pm tonight to explain why they are striking to media and supporters. 

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