Unite Dunedin organiser Olive Mcrae being dragged by hair during anti-TPP protest
Unite Union organiser Olive McRae was in Auckland taking part in a mass protest against the signing of the TPPA in February when the incident occurred.Read more
By Joe Carolan, Unite Union Organiser
The decision to deploy Police armed with Tasers against vulnerable Migrant Workers and students last night, and to physically bar migrants from what was billed as a public meeting with National 's "Indian community" MP, tells you everything you need to know about their true nature behind the liberal show. The "go back home to where you came from" comments from the rich old white Nats might have been a dead giveaway, however.Read more
A police spokeswoman said a man had become trapped under pallets and died at the scene (Newshub.)
A person has died after a stack of pallets fell on them at a workplace in the Auckland suburb of Penrose.
The incident happened at Toll Logistics on Neilson Street around 11:30am.Read more
Official information request reveals tip of the holiday pay iceberg
The Council of Trade Unions has received a response to an official information request revealing that at least $35 million has been paid in outstanding holiday paid to working Kiwis in 25 identified organisations.
“We know that this information is the tip of the iceberg," said CTU President Richard Wagstaff, "and that the government agency who is responsible for making sure employers stick to the law, simply doesn’t have the resourcing to identify all of the working people who haven’t been paid what they are due.Read more
National Labour News
Unions, community groups and activists held a Day of Action on Saturday, September 10 to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. Thousands of New Zealanders marched and protested against the proposed trade deal in dozens of events held across the country. Anti-TPP demonstrations were held in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin, Hokianga, Whangarei, Rotorua, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Nelson and other communities. Among the groups supporting the action were the NZ Council of Trade Unions, Public Services Association, FIRST Union, Greenpeace, 350.org, Oxfam New Zealand and SAFE for Animals. "This is a time when families are struggling with high housing costs, insecure work and stagnant wages. The gaps between the have and have-nots are widening in our society," co-ordinator, Barry Coates said. According to the organisers, the purpose of the event was a need to "join the dots" between many issues and “reclaim democratic rights” for citizens and national sovereignty. Critics charge the trade proposal gives corporations too much power and undermines jobs. Labour, Greens, NZ First and the Maori Party have announced their opposition to the agreement.
Christchurch protest September 10
Letter to the Editor of the ODT by Olive McRae, Unite Organiser, Dunedin
(Reprinted from the Otago Daily Times)
A quick-thinking fast-food worker extinguished a bus fire in Dunedin yesterday.
KFC Roslyn team member Dave Cannon said he went to the restaurant for a meal before his night shift started.Read more
By Mike Treen, Unite National Director
(Reprinted from The Daily Blog)
The business media is all in an excited state over the fact that the headline growth rate for the New Zealand economy is at 3.6% for the year ending June.
What they don't tell you is that because of the artificial boost to the population as a result of the government opening the taps for new migrants the actual annual per capita growth rate is only 0.7%.
"We are seeing low-quality growth in what New Zealand produces," says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg commenting on the June GDP growth statistics released today. "Not all growth is equal."
"Much of the growth is driven by the rising population, with high net immigration. Per person, GDP rose only 0.7% over the year - well below the 1.6% per year average since 2012 (after the recession ended), and far below the 2.6% per year average from 2000 to 2007, before the recession began.
On John Key’s recent poverty shaming: low wage workers are not “lazy” or “drug addicts”
By Chloe King, Unite volunteer and young writer
In a recent Radio New Zealand interview, Prime Minister John Key shamed low waged workers calling them, “drug addicts” and inferring they are “lazy.” Okay, I am one of the hundreds of thousands of low waged workers in this country and I feel devastated by his comments which also included stating we, the lazy and low waged workers, have no work ethic. Key is using these reasons to justify bringing in record numbers of migrant workers into New Zealand, to take up roles in work considered unskilled like fruit picking, hairdressing, labouring, baking, driving trucks, managing cafes and working in hospitality. As Key, told Radio New Zealand reporter Jesse Mulligan, “they [New Zealand’s unemployed] just can't muster what is required to actually work."
Using your Annual Leave to top up your income? Here’s why you should think twice.
By Shanna Reeder, Unite Hotels Organiser
A quick poll on the Unite Hotel Workers facebook page revealed 21 out of 26 Hotel workers have used Annual Leave to top up their weekly pay.
This is common practice in hotels in New Zealand, more so than in other industries.Read more
By Anu Kaloti, Migrant Workers Association
Recently over 150 international students from India were issued deportation orders by Immigration New Zealand for the use of forged financial documents. The students had made all payments as advised by agents and were not aware of the fraud being committed by the agents on their behalf. By deporting the students the NZ government would be punishing the victims rather than the culprits.
A peaceful protest was held in support of the students on Saturday, September 3, outside National list MP Dr Paramjeet Parmar’s office in Mt Roskill, Auckland. This protest was organised by Migrant Workers Association and supported by Socialist Aotearoa, Unite Union, First Union, Etu, Unimeg and IMWA.
Chants of “We want Justice” and “We are not cheaters” could be heard as protesters marched along Stoddard Road. The protesters demanded that the deportation orders be withdrawn and the students allowed to stay and complete their education in New Zealand.
NOT OUR FAULT - Justice for Indian Students - a short film by RJ Roopam - please share far and wide.