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Unite 2014 Conference and AGM

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 17:58
Unite will be holding its 2014 National conference and AGM in Auckland on Monday 1st December and Tuesday 2nd December at the St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St,  Ponsonby,  Auckland. Delegates will be attending from all over the country to participate in training workshops, discussions about the future of unionism and Unite, and to elect Unite’s […]

Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 09:19
(Reprinted from The Daily Blog) By Prof Jane Kelsey On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join us? The latest version of intellectual […]

Injuries show agriculture, forestry, and fishery too dangerous

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 16:16
Workers are deeply concerned about the research Statistics New Zealand have released today showing that almost one-quarter of agriculture, forestry, and fishery workers had a work-related injury claim accepted by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) in 2013. Provisional figures for 2013 show that agriculture, forestry, and fishery workers made 226 injury claims per 1,000 full-time […]

SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 19:51
SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked at the company for 15 years. Speaking through tears in her voice she told the […]

Why workers need our own “foreign policy” based on solidarity

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 00:14
By Mike Treen, Unite National Director Reprinted from The Daily Blog Working people in the advanced capitalist world should reject appeals by the rulers of their countries to support the foreign policy of “their” country. Inevitably that foreign policy is simply a programme to advance the interests of the super wealthy owners of industry and […]

Why capitalism has crises?

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 14:37
The National Business Review commented in on August 15 that in the early years of this government Finance Minister Bill English occasionally pointed out New Zealand has had post World War Two recessions roughly every ten years: in 1957-58; 1967-68; the mid 1970s; the mid 1980s; 1997-98 and 2007-8. "’You’d think we would see them […]

How you can support striking ANZ workers

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 15:43
Tomorrow (Friday) FIRST Union members at ANZ are going on strike, speaking out against bank proposals that would be highly disruptive to family life. This update to CTU affiliates details how you can support FIRST Union members involved in the strike. Information about the dispute is at the base of this page. 1 – Messages […]

The Living Wage – Online Survey

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 14:18
As part of a funded empirical study, a Massey University People, Organisation, Work and Employment Research (MPOWER) team is running a national online Living Wage survey. The survey seeks to find out how people feel about the Living Wage in New Zealand, and what they perceive that it means for employees’ income level, well-being, engagement […]

The rich get richer….

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 12:52
By Mike Treen, Unite Union National Director (Reprinted from The Daily Blog) Nobel prize winner Paul Krugman highlights the growing inequality in this article in the New York Times. The left wing slogan that the “the rich get richer” is a fact of almost perverse power. The most recent period of expansion in the USA […]

Pro-Union BK Worker Disciplined For Poor Pickle Placement

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 11:31
Reprinted from Huffington Post In colorful fashion, a judge with the National Labor Relations Board ruled Monday that a major Burger King franchisee in Michigan had committed various forms of union-busting in the face of worker strikes and organizing. According to the decision, EYM King, which runs 22 Burger King restaurants in and around Detroit, […]

Roger Award nominations open

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:02
The Roger Award is for The Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2014 Here is the link to the 2014 Roger Award online nomination form (the first time we’ve ever had an online one): http://canterbury.cyberplace.co.nz/community/CAFCA/roger-award-2014-form.html You can also download the hard copy nomination form from there. Criteria: The criteria for judging are by […]

Tasks before left and labour movement

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 15:52
Unite cinema delegates like other workers were hoping for a change in government By Mike Treen, Unite National Director (Reprinted from The Daily Blog) Anyone on the left would have been disappointed at the result of the election. There was an opportunity to win, but that got lost through a combination of factors. There were […]

Support the Hong Kong Unions strike for democracy!

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:26
The Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) – the only independent union in China – has called for workers to strike in support of the democracy movement as mass civil disobedience actions come under heavy police attack. The Swire Beverages (Coca-Cola) union and the HKCTU unions of school teachers and dockers are striking and […]

Stand against gender-based violence at work!

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 14:25
TAKE ACTION Gender-based violence in the workplace is a pernicious and global labor and human rights violation that particularly impacts women, their well-being, and their participation in the economy and society. Whether occurring at the actual place of work or on the way to and from work, it can take on multiple forms, including: Physical […]

Shit-stirrers or Problem solvers?

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 18:03
By Shanna Olsen-Reeder, Hotels organiser for Unite Union Have you ever heard a Manager or person of ‘authority’ say something bad about the union? We hear whispers about it all the time. But why do employers say these things? Are they right or wrong? Let’s look at some of the common things our members report […]

Fighting precarious work – with a Thunderclap

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 10:44
Using social media to boost our signal above the noise. Is this email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. To help raise awareness of the problem of precarious work, IndustriALL Global Union has launched a Thunderclap for the World Day for Decent Work on 7 October. A Thunder-what? I’m guessing you’ve never heard […]

Fast food workers arrested in US

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 14:02
On September 4, 2014 9 Rockford and Peoria the US, fast food workers were arrested engaging in civil disobedience because of commitment to do whatever it takes to win $15 and a union without retaliation.

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/