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I’ve voted. Have you?

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 19:55
Kia ora Mike – Just a quick email from me to remind you that tomorrow is the last chance to get out and vote. If you have already please check with 3 friends or family members to see if they’ve voted – they might not know that tomorrow is the last day of voting. All […]

Mike Treen – “We can change this government.”

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 20:25
National Unite Director Mike Treen lays out the choices for workers in Aotearoa as we prepare for the election on Saturday. Share hard! http://unitenews.wordpress.com/about/

Laila Harre speaks to Unite and First Union members

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 18:02
Joint Unite and First Union stopwork meeting of 800 workers to discuss options for workers in this year’s election held today at Mt Smart Stadium. Internet Party leader Laila Harre urges an Internet-Mana party vote.

Last Chance to Enrol to Vote – Don’t Miss Out

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 14:22
Last Chance to Enrol to Vote – Don’t Miss Out If you’re not enrolled now, you need to hurry or you won’t be able to vote in this Saturday’s general election. “Election day is almost here, and it’s your last chance to enrol,” says Murray Wicks, National Manager, Enrolment Services. “It’s not too late, but […]

Laila versus Kelvin at the First & Unite Unions Stopwork Meeting

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 17:09
Laila Harre from Internet Mana talks about how to use our votes strategically, to elect the strongest fighters possible for workers’ rights.

Beat the rain on Saturday!

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 15:44
Kia ora So many people have already voted, over 350,000 in fact! Maybe you’re one of them?If you haven’t voted you still have time. The weather forecast for Saturday is rain and wind over most of the country. If you think the weather will impact on your ability to vote, or the ability of someone […]

Internet Mana policies

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:57
What do we stand for? Manaakitanga: Sharing our wealth Internet MANA will build a more inclusive society that everyone can contribute to and thrive in. The core of this involves feeding the kids and ensuring that free tertiary education is available to everyone. We will also tackle the housing crisis head on with 30,000 new […]

Labour’s work and wages policy

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:44
Labour is committed to good jobs, decent work conditions and fair wages driven by a high-performing economy. To get there, Labour is also committed to workers having a voice in their workplaces and industries through collective bargaining and their own, independent trade unions. We believe that workers need a strong platform of basic standards, including, […]

Hotel chain agrees to guaranteed hours of work

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:38
Unite Union members at an Accor hotel getting ready to vote in this week’s election Guaranteed hours of work is the single most important issue facing Unite members employed in the service sector. Unite has been working hard and investing a lot of time to try and get more secure hours for workers in all […]

If you are working on election day- How to vote.

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 14:54
If you are working on election day You are legally entitled to have time away from work to go and vote on election day. Section 162 of the Electoral Act 1993 sets out the responsibilities of employers in respect of allowing any employees working on election day time off to vote. General Employees Any employee […]

Green Party appeal to workers

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 13:01
i dream built on the idea that if you work hard and do your fair share, your income will rise consistently. We will ensure you have better protections and make sure you will have what you need for a good life. Email not displaying correctly? View in browser Kia ora Party vote Green for a […]

What I want from a change of government

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 13:04
By Mike Treen, Unite National Director (Reprinted from The Daily Blog) The prospects for a change of government look a little brighter so I though I’d look at what we can expect. The only option being provided by Labour, the main opposition party, is for a Labour-Green-NZ First coalition. They have precluded having either the […]

Dignity: Fast-food workers and a new form of labor activism.

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 12:29
A demonstration by fast-food workers last week in Manhattan. One recent study found that fifty-two per cent of fast-food workers require some form of public assistance. (The following article is reprinted from the New Yorker. It is quite long but gives a very well-written close up and personal look at the US fast foodworkers campaign […]

8 days until voting finishes

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 17:06
Have you voted yet? More than 160,000 people have, which is about double the number of people who had voted at this same point in the last election. It’s great that the message to Get Out and Vote is getting through. There’s still eight days left before voting finishes. Try and talk to as many […]

Security guards – Minimum wage and no equipment

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 16:05
By Tom Buckley, Unite Assistant Secretary The recent murderous attack on WINZ staff in Ashburton a has resulted in the beefing up of the presence of security guards at WINZ offices across the country. But the guards expected to do this work are paid barely above the minimum wage and have no proper training and […]

Housing price hikes

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 16:01
It doesn’t have to be like this (8/10)

Poverty pay isn’t inevitable. Look to the hotel cleaners of New York

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 15:58
By Aditya Chakrabortty The Guardian, Monday 8 September 2014 In the US, the workers are organised. In Britain, even within the same hotel chain, earnings are lower and job insecurity higher ‘In London between 2% and 4% of all hotel workers are in a trade union. About 70% of New York City staff are unionised.’ […]

US: Fast-Food Workers Turn Up the Heat

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 10:10
Reprinted from In These Times By Amien Essif Fast-food workers rally at 87th street in Chicago as part of a nationwide action on September 4. (Amien Essif) “Paddy wagon’s on its way,” announced a Chicago Police tactical officer over his radio early this morning. Shortly thereafter, a crowd of about 300 demonstrators—including over 100 striking […]

US fast food workers arrested

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 09:28
Hundreds Arrested as Growing Fast-Food Workers’ Movement Strikes for Living Wage, Unionization Fast-food workers fighting for a $15 hourly wage and union rights took to the streets in 150 cities across the country Thursday. More than 400 workers and their supporters were arrested during the strikes as they engaged in nonviolent civil disobedience by blocking […]