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The lie that “There is no alternative” to neo-liberal economic policies

5 hours 25 min ago
Supporters of President Maduro in Venezuela rally By Mike Treen Since the 1980s we have had drubbed into our heads that there was no alternative to the economic and social policies unleashed at that time. It even had it’s own acronym – TINA. The brutal reality was that wherever these policies were applied with force […]

More speeches from antiwar protests in Auckland

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 14:08
Originally posted on GPJA's Blog:
July 26: Billy Hania speaks followed by Kia Hania reciting a poem in solidarity at Gaza/Palestine Rally – Auckland, Aotearoa, New Zealand 26 Jul 2014 ? Billy Hania speaks outside US Consulate at at Gaza/Palestine Rally – Auckland, Aotearoa, New Zealand 26 Jul 2014 ? July 19: Mike Treen…

Unite & other speakers at Palestine solidarity rally

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 12:35
Joe Carolan-Unite Union speaks in solidarity at Gaza/Palestine Rally – Auckland,NZ 26 Jul 2014   Two Palestinian Children From Auckland,NZ speak in solidarity at Gaza/Palestine Rally 26 Jul 2014 Janfrie Wakim PHRC speaks in solidarity at Gaza/Palestine Rally – Auckland,NZ 26 Jul 2014 Syd Keepa CTU – Mana speaks in solidarity at Gaza/Palestine Rally – […]


Fri, 07/25/2014 - 22:20
Yes, we are marching again – as the bloodshed in Gaza gets worse by the hour, our protests need to get bigger & louder… Rally & march this Saturday 26 July, 2pm at Aotea Square, Queen St. [Wellington people: Rally 12noon at Cuba St Mall.] This carnage has to stop! Massive protests are erupting all […]

URGENT: Updated Trade Union Call: Stop the War on Gaza: No Arms for Apartheid Israel

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 11:58
To endorse the Labor for Palestine statement below (with 43 initial signers), please email your name, labor affiliation/organization (including local number, if any), union position (if any), and location to laborforpalestine.us Due to the urgent situation, the deadline for additional signers is Friday, July 25, 2014, 9am EST. Please also forward this message privately to […]

Part-Time Schedules, Full-Time Headaches

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:54
From The New York Times A worker at an apparel store at Woodbury Common, an outlet mall north of New York City, said that even though some part-time employees clamored for more hours, the store had hired more part-timers and cut many workers’ hours to 10 a week from 20. As soon as a nurse […]

Employers liquidating companies to avoid paying minimum entitlements

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 15:41
By Tali Williams, First Union Organiser (Reprinted from The Daily Blog) Across the union movement we have seen a number of documented cases now where companies are liquidating their business in order to avoid their legal obligations, in terms of paying the minimum entitlements to their workers. The most recent example is the case of […]

Message from CTU President Helen Kelly

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 10:31
Dear Mike There’s only 43 days until September 3, when voting in the General Election starts. The last day to vote is September 20.Thanks heaps for signing up to support the Get Out and Vote campaign. It’s so important people turn out to vote this election. Every vote counts towards a healthier democracy and a […]

Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 16:56
An Auckland hotel has been ordered by the Employment Relations Authority to pay nearly $80,000 in outstanding wages to two employees. Filipino couple Abraham and Nancy Agustin were employed at Auckland Harbour Oaks, and alleged the hotel had underpaid them and withheld part of their salaries. The employers maintained their payment regime is correct but […]

NZ – Inequality and poverty measured

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 16:36
By Mike Treen, Unite National Director (Reprinted from The Daily Blog) The Household Incomes Report by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) are providing powerful evidence that New Zealand is a deeply unequal society with intractable levels of poverty that includes many with jobs as well as those without. The reports which are produced annually […]

Big Auckland protest again this Saturday

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 16:02
Originally posted on Kia Ora Gaza:
This carnage has to stop! Massive protests are erupting all over the world – a new ‘super power’ is emerging on the world stage: ‘people’s power’ will prevail. While our leaders remain silent, humanity demands that Israel’s massacre of Palestinians ends now. Please bring at least 5 others along…

Kiwis march against Israel’s war on besieged Gaza

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 15:48
Originally posted on Kia Ora Gaza:
? Video clip of the big Auckland rally against Israel’s war on Gaza last Saturday – part of the world-wide outrage demanding an end to Israel’s war crimes. Aucklanders will be marching again this Saturday in even bigger numbers: 2pm Aotea Square. ? ? ?

Protest again this Saturday, July 26, 2pm, Aotea Square

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 02:07
Originally posted on GPJA's Blog:
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Cafe chef awarded $50,000 for unfair dismissal

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 22:52
A former chef at an Auckland cafe has been awarded more than $50,000 in unpaid wages and compensation for unjustified dismissal. The Employment Relations Authority was told by Lin Zhang that she had been employed by Tan Pacific at its cafe business in Auckland after travelling to New Zealand on a student visa. Tan Pacific […]

Understand Israeli – Palestinian Apartheid In 11 Images

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 14:33
All the graphics are from the site Visualizing Palestine, a site dedicated to creating informative and impactful graphics about the occupied region. Check out many more of these images on their site 1. The Forced Exile of The Palestinian People 2. Maintenance of the Occupation3. Continued Displacement and Destruction 4. A Pattern of Violence and […]

Why Unite supports protest against Israeli war on Palestine

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 11:02
PROTESTS PLANNED TODAY AND TOMORROW AROUND NZ TODAY – WELLINGTON: Friday 18th July, 12.30pm – 1.30pm. Embassy of Israel – Baileys Building, 36 Brandon Street (off Lambton Quay), Wellington SATURDAY DUNEDIN: Rally: 2pm Saturday 19 July at the Octagen. SATURDAY AUCKLAND: Rally: 2pm Saturday 19 July, Aotea Square, Queen St. Bring your own placards, banners […]

PIZZAHURT! Justice for the Pizza Hut Callcentre – Joe Carolan Speaks

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 23:57

Casino workers fight outsourcing – picket 1-3pm Friday

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 16:56
On Friday the 18th of July, Unite will be picketing SkyCity Casino urging them not to outsource the Cleaning Services department. This proposal will affect almost 100 workers, some with more than 10 years loyal service at the casino. Unite workers and supporters will be rallying from 1-3pm outside the main casino entrance in opposition […]

#PIZZAHURT! Rally for fair redundancy pay for Pizza Hut workers 3.30pm Thursday

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:19
RALLY FOR JUSTICE FOR THE PIZZA HUT CALL CENTRE WORKERS We deserve fair redundancy pay. 330pm, 666 Great South Road, Penrose. For further info contact Malcolm Scott, Unite Delegate 021 177 8493 or Joe Carolan, Unite Union Campaigns Officer 029 44 55 702 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11292536 By Malcolm Scott, Unite Union Delegate The pizza hut callcentre has been in […]

A Push to Give Steadier Shifts to Part-Timers

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:43
Reprinted from the New York Times By STEVEN GREENHOUSEJULY 15, 2014 Sharlene Santos says she and other workers at a Zara store got two days’ notice of their shifts, ranging from 16 to 24 hours a week. The company has promised to give two weeks’ notice. As more workers find their lives upended and their […]