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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
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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
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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 […]

Christchurch rebuild migrants face debts, cramped accommodation

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 00:32
By Michael Morrah Reporter Reprinted from TV3 News In the third winter since the earthquakes, men and machines are still working across Christchurch. As the demolition nears an end, attention is now turning to the rebuild. Thousands of workers will be needed to rejuvenate a bleak landscape. And to get numbers, the Government has fast-tracked […]

Kiwis stand with Palestine

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:15
Originally posted on Kia Ora Gaza:
Rally against Israel’s brutality in Gaza. WELLINGTON: WHEN: Friday 18th July, 12.30pm – 1.30pm WHERE: Embassy of Israel – Baileys Building, 36 Brandon Street (off Lambton Quay), Wellington Rally against the ongoing assault on Palestine and the Palestinian people, including the killing of Palestinians (including 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir,…

Urgent call from Gaza unions: Act now!

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:12
Palestinians mourn victims of Israeli air strikes in Gaza City, 12 July. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… We Palestinians trapped inside the bloodied and besieged Gaza Strip call on conscientious people all over the world to act, protest and intensify the boycotts, divestments and sanctions against Israel until it ends this murderous attack on our people and is held […]

No payouts for Pizza Hut call centre staff

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 22:49
Reprinted from the Herald on Sunday, 13/7/14 By John Weekes At 74, Nora Scott-Mackie has lost her job at Pizza Hut ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… A 74-year-old office worker made redundant after 18 years has been told she won’t get a payout from her Pizza Hut bosses. But Nora Scott-Mackie, one of 15 losing their jobs with the […]

How can New Zealand help Palestine?

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 15:52
By John Minto FOR MOST NEW ZEALANDERS the Middle East is shorthand for war without end. When I was growing up most of us knew no better than to believe Israel was a small, plucky state standing up to big, thuggish neighbouring bullies. Thankfully that’s given way to a much better understanding of the Israeli/Palestinian […]

Justice for the Pizza Hut Call Centre Workers

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 14:05
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