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AMP is the first financial organisation to become Living Wage accredited

By   /  October 20, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Living Wage Movement Aotearoa New Zealand is excited to announce the first financial sector business to become a Living Wage Employer. AMP, the financial services company with a wide range of operations, has over 450 employees in New Zealand. Those workers will now all be receiving at least the Living Wage rate of $20.55 per hour, […]

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It’s time for the punitive, stigmatising nature of welfare to change – CPAG

By   /  October 20, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes the Privacy Commissioner inquiry into the Ministry of Social Development’s (MSD) investigative practices and joins the AAAP’s call for the department to end cruel and invasive practices that can have devastating impacts on children. “In particular, the watchdog approach that MSD encourages of the public fosters a culture of […]

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Toothless rodeo recommendations bowing to animal abusers – SAFE

By   /  October 20, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

SAFE is furious at the “toothless tweaks” put forward in new recommendations for rodeo. The animal charity says the long-awaited report by the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee is extremely disappointing and fails to implement any meaningful changes. The major recommendation is for the development of a “rodeo animal welfare forum” comprising of rodeo participants, […]

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Record numbers needing hardship assistance from WINZ

By   /  October 19, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

The latestMSD quarterly report shows that over $100 million was granted for hardshipassistance to almost 350,000 people by Work and Income in the September 2018quarter, an increase of almost $30 million from the same quarter last year.While hardship assistance has been steadily increasing over time, core benefit levels and numbers of people receiving supplementary benefit […]

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Housing Charity backs call for Progressive Home Ownership option in KiwiBuild

By   /  October 19, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Habitat for Humanity New Zealand agrees with the Salvation Army’s call for expanding access to home ownership through a form of Progressive Home Ownership as part of the government’s KiwiBuild scheme. The housing charity, which has assisted hundreds of families in New Zealand into home ownership since 1993, believes this would allow families who find […]

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Alternative trade strategy hui starts today, aims to set agenda for change

By   /  October 19, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

A 2-day hui to explore what an alternative and progressive trade strategy should look like starts today at 9am at the Fale Pasifika at Auckland University, and will be livestreamed on itsourfuture.org.nz/hui-2018/. Co-sponsors include The NZ Council of Trade Unions, It’s Our Future, Doctors for Healthy Trade, Ora Taiao: New Zealand Climate and Health Council, […]

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NZNO supports NZEI, says urgent negotiations should continue

By   /  October 19, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) supports the New Zealand Educational Institute’s (NZEI’s) strong stand over pay that may result in regional primary school teacher strikes in November. However, it is encouraging all parties to resolve issues urgently in a way that reflects the true value of New Zealand teachers and avoids the need for […]

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AAAP welcomes Privacy Commissioner Inquiry into MSD

By   /  October 19, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The Privacy Commissioner has launched an inquiry under the Privacy Act 1993 into the Ministry of Social Development’s (MSD) investigative practises. This comes almost a month after Auckland Action Against Poverty released an OIA report which highlighted MSD’s invasive investigation practises, that allows the Ministry to pry into people’s sex life. People on the benefit […]

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Wellington supports the bus drivers – Unions Wellington

By   /  October 19, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

With Wellington bus drivers preparing to strike on October 23, union members around the city have pledged support. Hundreds of people are expected to rally in Cuba Mallat noon on Labour Day, protesting the destruction of our once proud public transport system by the Regional Council and Tranzit, and in solidarity with the pending bus […]

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Open letter presented to Sistema CEO today – E tū

By   /  October 19, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

At midday today, Sistema workers, together with community leaders and local and national politicians will present Sistema CEO Drew Muirhead with thousands of open letters, urging the company to improve the pay and conditions of its workers. E tū says it’s a strong message from the public to Sistema, which the union understands is struggling […]

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Human rights for all Kiwis: NZ can and must do better – Amnesty International

By   /  October 19, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Amnesty International is urging the New Zealand Government to walk the talk on human rights in advance of its four-yearly review before the UN Human Rights Committee in January. In a submission to the UN on New Zealand’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR), Amnesty International welcomed a variety of initiatives that have sought to tackle key […]

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KiwiBuy could provide security to low-income families – CPAG

By   /  October 19, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that a broad sweep of new housing programmes is required to reduce the reliance on an increasingly unaffordable and unreliable private rental market. The Salvation Army’s new report, Beyond Renting says that changes in the private rental market mean that private rental housing is no longer a reliable housing […]

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Loan shark net tightens, but holes still remain – CPAG

By   /  October 16, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Ngā Tangata Microfinance (NTM) welcomes the new measures announced by Minister for Commerce and Consumer Affairs Kris Faafoi, that will strengthen the net of protection for vulnerable consumers in the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act (CCCFA). The reforms of 2015 and the introduction of a Responsible Lending Code have proved insufficient. Amongst the proposed […]

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Animal welfare in rodeo practices report released – National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee

By   /  October 16, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC), the independent committee that advises the Minister responsible for Animal Welfare, has today released a report on animal welfare in rodeos, together with advice to the Minister making recommendations to improve the welfare of the animals in rodeos. The report entitled ‘Rodeo events – How do they impact […]

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Rail union urges government to keep promise, save electric trains – RMTU

By   /  October 16, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The Rail & Maritime Transport Union calls on the government to honour it’s campaign pledge of maintaining electric locomotives on the North Island Main Trunk. Almost a year after the Labour-led government was formed, and despite statements while in opposition from Labour, the Greens and NZ First, there is deafening silence from the Beehive as […]

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Teachers set to vote on strike action – NZEI

By   /  October 15, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Primary teachers and principals are set to begin voting tomorrow on whether to undertake a week of strike action in November. The ballot follows the rejection of the Ministry of Education’s latest offers to teachers and principals in September, which NZEI Te Riu Roa members said failed to adequately address the crisis in education. NZEI […]

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