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UniteAotearoa sent you a video: “Have Your Say”

2 hours 5 min ago
UniteAotearoa has shared a video with you on YouTube Have Your Say by Have Your Say STARRING Tourettes Pearl McGlashan Isaac Aesili Priya Sami David Atai Kieren Gera Hollie Russel Te Awanui Reeder Richie Hardcore Sammy Martin Taupuhi Toki Sandon James Donald McNulty Emma G Mark Henare SPECIAL THANKS TO Two Tall Cameras CREATED BY […]

Budget cuts planned by National

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:27
It doesn’t have to be like this (7/10)

Workers – Let’s march together to the polling booths!

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 16:21
Workers in Central Auckland will march to vote early when the polls open on Wednesday the 3rd of September. Unite Union and the SFWU are encouraging our members to vote to change the government. The current National Government has tried to attack unions and workers entitlements, while most opposition parties have promised to increase the […]

Our friend faces trial on Tuesday. Please help!

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 13:58
Demand justice for Andy today! Tell Natural Fruit to drop the charges! Andy Hall with our brothers and sisters at the Migrant Workers Rights Forum. Dear Mike, Andy Hall is preparing for a trial that could cost him $10 million and 7 years of his life. All because he spoke out about abusive working conditions […]

Where to vote: advance voting places from Sept 3

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 16:21
Elections NZ have announced details of the advance voting places. You can check your electorate’s advance voting places here at elections.org.nz, and below are posters with some of the advance voting spots which you can print off for work. In these posters – in most provincial areas, we have a poster for each electorate. In […]

Thailand: Drop the charges against labour activist

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:22
Andy’s trial starts on Tuesday – please act today. Is this email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. British migrant rights activist Andy Hall faces 7 years imprisonment and $10 million in damages from lawsuits brought by Thai pineapple company Natural Fruit. Hall’s research for workers’ rights NGO Finnwatch found serious abuses at […]

Vote for a Living Wage – what the parties say!

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:58
Use this area to offer a short preview of your email’s content. View this email in your browser Inequality is high on the agenda this election and the Living Wage is one way Government could get its house in order, set an example for the private sector, and reduce poverty for thousands of NZ families. […]

Casework: 15-year-old working nights at McDonald’s

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:18
By Bonita Belworthy, Unite Organiser, Central Districts It is always good when you get a quick resolution of an issue that has been brought to your attention by a member. Every day we get calls and emails from members who have workplace issues they need help with. One recent case was particularly pleasing to resolve. […]

Are You Ready to Vote?

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:15
Kia ora Mike – It’s just 8 days until voting starts on September 3! More people than ever are going to vote in this General Election. We’ll be emailing you at least once a week until the election with things you can do to make sure as many people as possible get out and vote. […]

Get up, stand up!

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:12
A nonpartisan project aimed at inspiring those disengaged with politics to stand as one (Tūtahi) and vote. The stakes have never been higher. By voting you can make our collective voices heard and keep our democracy strong. New Zealand’s general election takes place on September 20 BUT anyone can vote at advance polling booths from […]

Putting an end to zero-hour contracts in 2015

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 17:00
By Mike Treen, National Director, Unite Union All around the world attention is being drawn to what have been dubbed in the UK “zero-hour contracts”. These are contracts that don’t have any guaranteed hours even though the worker may be regularly employed. Unite Union has been struggling with exactly this problem since we started organising […]

Bonus recovered for Call Centre worker

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 16:27
An update on the story we ran in June regarding the Call Centre worker who lost her bonus for taking a month off for caring for her terminally ill father- we are please to confirm that she has now been paid what she was owed (over $1000.00). The letter came out of the blue with […]

Liberation Forces Debate Future of South Africa

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 13:30
Members of the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) protest on the streets of Durban early July. By Frederico Fuentes Reprinted from TeleSur Around 30 guests from across the globe and 120 shop stewards from the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) met from August 7-10 in Johannesburg to discuss […]


Fri, 08/22/2014 - 14:40
It doesn’t have to be like this (6/10)

End Child Poverty Hikoi 6 September – help spread the word

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 14:38
Having trouble viewing this email? Click here Join the hikoi to end child poverty in New Zealand Britomart to Aotea Square Saturday 6 Sept * 11am * Auckland We want all our beautiful children to reach their potential – but sadly one in four children don’t get a fair go in New Zealand. Child Poverty […]

NZ SuperFund: Divest from Israel’s war machine

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:25
PLEASE SIGN THE AVAAS PETITION & SHARE: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/NZ_SUPER_FUND_Divest_from_Israeli_Apartheid/ JOIN THE AUCKLAND PROTEST: At the NZ SuperFund office, this Saturday 23 August from 2pm, Queen Elizabeth Square, Downtown CBD. The NZ Super Fund continues to invest in companies which supply Israel with the means to attack civilians, and in companies which profit from the Israeli occupation […]

Unite for Gaza – speech during national day of action

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:25
Unite’s Zarier, Richard, and Jared at Hamilton rally for Gaza, The following speech was given by Unite’s Jared Phillips in Hamilton as part of the August 16 national day of action for Gaza. Unions including Unite, FIRST Union, and other unions and unionists have been vocal about this current round of aggression by Israel’s government. […]

Which Israel should be recognised?

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 15:56
By Mike Treen, Unite Union National Director Reprinted from The Daily Blog We often hear that the barrier to peace in Palestine is the refusal of Hamas or the Palestinian Authority to recognise Israel as a “Jewish state”. For a long time the Palestinians were lambasted because they allegedly refused to recognise the state of […]