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Why support a Universal Basic Income

10 hours 55 min ago
My Mike Treen National Director, Unite Union (Reprinted from The Daily Blog) The Mana movement’s support of the idea of a universal basic income is a welcome development. It could become one of the litmus issues that define the party and prove extremely popular. If Mana are in a position to do so, they should […]


Tue, 04/08/2014 - 17:19

Fast food companies cheat workers out of lieu days

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 12:42
By Mike Treen National Director, Unite Union Workers have been cheated out of their lieu day entitlements for working on a public holiday at several fast food companies. By law, workers are meant to get one full day as a paid “alternative holiday” (also called a lieu day) if they work any period of time […]

Part time Unite union organisers wanted in Auckland and Wellington

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 15:41
Unite Union is looking to employ two part time organisers. Both organisers will have a primary responsibility for visiting, recruiting and representing workers in the fast food industry, cinemas, hotels and security. Organisers need to have some experience as a union delegate, an advocate for workers and beneficiaries or organising experience in community movements. A […]

Living Wage 4 Learning March

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 14:15
Saturday 29 March Gather at Queen Elizabeth Square 11am March up Queen Street 11.30am Rally in Aotea Square 12-1pm Every child deserves a chance in life, but more than one in four Kiwi kids live in poverty. That inequality is the biggest hurdle to educational success. The Government is putting millions into highly paid "new […]

Fast Food pay rates to change April 1

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 15:29
Message to all Unite workers fast food restaurants: From April 1 all rates in companies where Unite has collective agreements will increase by at least 50 cents an hour. These companies are McDonald’s, Burger King, Restaurant Brands & Wendy’s. All collective agreements at these companies have a clause that all rates would increase by at […]

Huntly McDonald’s – from sauna to cool oasis

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 13:58
A routine site visit to Huntly McDonalds on Wednesday 12 March turned into more of a sauna visit with the temperature in store exceeding 30 degrees in all areas from foyer through to kitchen. Staff were clearly not happy and were relieved to see me onsite even wanting to walkout. According to the workers, this […]


Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:29
SAT 29 MARCH: JOIN THE NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION TO STOP THE TPPA Is this email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. JOIN THE NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION TO STOP THE TPPA Saturday 29 March, 1pm Contact the organisers of your local event if you can help or chris.zack if you want to […]

Support Forestry Families – $3,000 to go!

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 13:17
Eleven forestry workers, dads, husbands, sons and brothers, were killed at work in the forestry industry in the last year alone. Many of these families, along with others, who have lost loved ones in the forest want to come together to remember those taken away from them. Please help their families come together on the […]

Shhh…. McDonald’s has a secret

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 09:48
Message from a US McDonald’s worker: Shhh…. McDonald’s has a secret. You know those nationwide strikes in the USA they pretend not to care about? Well it turns out, they do care. A LOT. In a big disclosure to federal regulators, McDonald’s yesterday acknowledged that our historic strikes in 130 cities are working—and they may […]

Farewell Matt! Unite office, 4pm, Wednesday

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 15:14
David Cunliffe (left) and Matt McCarten (Right) greet on a protest against the government’s anti-union laws Unite is hosting a farewell for Matt McCarten this Wednesday at 4pm at the Auckland Unite offices at 6a western Springs Rd, Morningside, Auckland. It will be following a Unions Auckland meeting from 2-4pm at the same place on […]

Matt McCarten: Now for something similar …

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 10:41
By Matt McCarten (Reprinted from the Herald On Sunday) I’ve got a new day job. Unfortunately it means I have to give up my Sunday morning conversations with you. The political world was stunned on Wednesday when David Cunliffe announced me as his chief of staff. Video After the political establishment collectively got back off […]

The politics behind the minimum wage rise

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 20:42
By Mike Treen National Director, Unite Union (Reprinted from The Daily Blog) The government decision to increase the minimum wage by 50 cents was an interesting decision on a number of levels. $14.25 is clearly not enough to live on – especially given that minimum wage workers often also work in industries that have no […]

Nearly half of Kiwis back $15 minimum wage – poll

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 19:26
(From One News TVNZ) The adult minimum wage is going up to $14.25 – but a poll shows nearly half of Kiwis want it raised to $15. The current rate of $13.75 an hour will be increased 50 cents from April 1, meaning a rise for around 100,000 New Zealanders who earn the minimum wage. […]

Fundraising website for Forestry Workers Memorial Day – please circulate and support

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 17:24
Dear everyone, Below is a link to our fundraising website to bring the forestry families to Wellington for WMD events on 27/28 April including a memorial service on 27, a street collection and procession on 28 (a general union event for all workers killed at work). We are going to need reasonable sums to get […]

Real wages – the brutal truth

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 14:47
By Mike Treen (Reprinted from The Daily Blog) The National Party has been caught getting their numbers wrong over the decline of real wages on their watch by the Green Party. Last week, Green Party leader Dr Russell Norman pointed out that wages and salaries have risen by less than inflation during the term of […]

Why Polly shouldn’t have that lolly

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:33
By Matt McCarten Future generations will look back with horrified incredulity at how we allowed a cartel of international drug pushers to promote and sell poison legally. They use our television, radio and print media and buy sophisticated promotions aimed at vulnerable victims. Once hooked on to a lifetime addiction, each will spend up to […]

Protect your hours of work!

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 16:03
A MESSAGE FOR FAST FOOD WORKERS By Mike Treen It is important for all fast food workers to understand their rights for secure working hours. While there are few guaranteed hours in most employment agreements we do have clauses designed to protect workers usual hours of work. In particular we have clauses in our union […]

Right wing blogger makes fool of herself

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 08:53
By Mike Treen A right wing blogger has made a fool of themselves trying to dispute figures first revealed by me in the Dailyblog about how a huge gap had grown up between the number on benefits and the number being recorded as unemployed or jobless in the household labour force survey. She was replying […]

Iwi leaders risk losing touch

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 10:22
By Matt McCarten (Reprinted from Herald on Sunday, February 9, 2014) That Iwi Leadership Group made a big mistake on Waitangi Day. There’s been a lot of criticism over the years that many of them are a bunch of fat cats sucking on the teat of previous Waitangi settlements, living the good life. Staying at […]