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Government needs to consult with bus drivers if it wants to get its transport plan right – First Union

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The government’s announcement of a whopping $28 billion dollars toward public transport today comes as another strike notice is issued from bus drivers. Birkenhead drivers are the latest scheduled to take part in strike action as more bus company drivers join disputes over unfair bus driver pay and unsafe work conditions. Around 50 drivers will […]

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Global agreement singing good news for New Zealand Toll workers – First Union

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FIRST Union attended the signing of a unique, global collective agreement with transport, logistics and warehousing giant, Toll. The signing in Singapore last night facilitated by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) on behalf of affiliated unions ensures safe and fair working conditions for the company’s 44,000 employees across 50 countries. FIRST Union is pleased […]

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Hunger Strike Over – Joint statement from Southern Response and Peter & Anne Glasson

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Southern Response earthquake claimant Peter Glasson ended his hunger strike on Tuesday evening. Mr Glasson, his wife Anne, and their lawyer, reached an agreement with Southern Response, that will see their case enter an ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) process, taking it out of the court process. Peter says he, Anne and their lawyer look forward […]

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DoC Prying Spying Gets Caned – Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations

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The Department of Conservation has been spying on the anti-1080 poison public using controversial security firm Thompson and Clark, National Radio’s “Checkpoint” recently reported. The news brought strong reaction from the anti-1080 public. Andi Cockroft, co-chairman Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ (CORANZ) said the spying showed the deceit and deception which bureaucrats would […]

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NZ farmers last remaining importers of conflict mineral? – Western Sahara Resource Watch

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Western Sahara Resource Watch (WSRW) today published its fifth annual overview of companies involved in the purchase and transport of phosphate rock exploited illegally by Morocco in the territory it holds under military occupation: Western Sahara. The report details all shipments of Western Sahara’s white gold to importers worldwide for the calendar year 2017. New […]

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Closing the Gap Submission to Government Tax Working Group – Closing The Gap

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Submission to Government Tax Working Group Our Basic Submission Who we are and why are we doing this: We are Income Equality Aotearoa New Zealand Inc –Closing the Gap. We have some 3000 supporters from around the country. Research clearly shows that significant inequality is bad for any country in terms of health, economics and […]

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Kiwis to eat the same rations as Syrian refugees – Oxfam

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This week marks the launch of the Ration Challenge, a fundraising initiative which will see thousands of Kiwis eat a refugee’s rations for one week to raise money and awareness for Syrian refugees living in Jordan. Ration Challenge asks Kiwis to eat the exact same rations as Syrian refugees receive for one week– just a […]

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Deep flaw in report-back on social worker registration – Social Service Providers Aotearoa

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Social Service Providers Aotearoa says the select committee’s report on mandatory social worker registration fails to meet the Bill’s fundamental objectives of safeguarding the public and protecting the integrity of the social work profession. SSPA represents community-based organisations providing child and family social services. Social workers make up a significant section of the workforce. SSPA […]

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Call For Expanded Cannabis Decriminalisation – People Against Prisons Aotearoa

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The Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill doesn’t go far enough, says criminal justice research group People Against Prisons Aotearoa (PAPA). The Bill, which is currently going through the select committee, decriminalises cannabis use for terminally ill people. Supply of cannabis remains illegal, and people who use cannabis and are not terminally ill can […]

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Final week for submissions on draft Terms of Reference – Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse

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The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care has received over 200 submissions from the public on the draft Terms of Reference. Public submissions close on April 30th. Chair of the Royal Commission Sir Anand Satyanand says he’s pleased with the number and quality of submissions from individuals and groups. “The success […]

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BAS’ Vision for Beneficiaries (part 2): Benefit Levels

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This is our second segment in our series of suggestions for the future based on our vast experience helping people on benefits. Our main & most urgent suggestion for changes in the system would be to raise benefit levels immediately. Katarine cares for her children by herself and really struggles to meet all her weekly […]

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Unite accuses McDonald’s of wage theft

By   /  April 24, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Unite Union has accused McDonald’s of deliberately denying many workers their legal entitlement to an alternative holiday or lieu day for working a public holiday, or alternatively denying workers pay for a public holiday when they were entitled to it. “From wage and time records we have received and analysed, it seems clear that on […]

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Media Statement: Apology to Hon. Steven Joyce – Matthew Hooton

By   /  April 23, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  4 Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   APOLOGY TO HON. STEVEN JOYCE On 2 March 2018 a column I wrote was published in the print edition of the NBR and on the NBR’s website. It was titled: “Joyce sacking first test of Bridges’ leadership”. This article could reasonably be understood to suggest that the Hon. Steven Joyce had engaged in unethical, dishonest and/or corrupt […]

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Economist Jeffrey Sachs Warns of Fraying Societies – Closing The Gap

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According to renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs, the unravelling taking place in the United States shows why economic inequality is socially and morally unsustainable, a lesson the income equality group Closing the Gap believes New Zealand must urgently heed. Speaking on Radio New Zealand on Saturday, Professor Sachs said the United States was living through an […]

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Over 10,000 sign against mega egg farm in Waikato – Direct Animal Action

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A petition to Waikato District Council demanding they decline a proposed mega egg farm has reached over 10,000 signatures. New Zealand’s biggest egg producer, Mainland Poultry, want to build a massive industrial chicken egg laying farm at 64 Old Road, Orini, Waikato. The proposed mega farm would confine 400,000 egg laying hens to a new […]

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NZ preventive detention violates human rights: UN experts

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New Zealand violated its obligations under the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights by keeping two men convicted of rape in exceptionally lengthy preventive detention after they had served their sentences, the UN Human Rights Committee found. New Zealand must immediately reconsider the continued detention of the men, and take steps to facilitate their […]

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