Unions and environmental groups come together as “natural allies”


This years ECO conference saw what Jeanette Fitzsimons described as a coming together of “natural allies”  with environmentalists and unions exploring the opportunities and challenges associated with realising a just transition for workers and communities here in Aotearoa.

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Exploitation of migrant workers tantamount to slavery

By Priyanca Radhakrishnan Labour_lists_Indian-_Priyanca_Radhakrishnan.jpg

(Reprinted from Indian Newslink)

A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members

– Mahatma Gandhi.

Restaurant workers paid less than $4 an hour; workers’ passports held by their employer and only returned when the media gets involved; migrant workers who work 70 hours a week but are paid only for 30 hours.

Those were just some of the stories discussed at a seminar on Indian migrant worker exploitation at which I was a speaker.

Organised by First Union and supported by the Union Network of Migrants (UNEMIG), the seminar was attended by about 30 union delegates of Indian origin.

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Fighting freezing temperatures at BK

By Olive McRae, Organiser in The Deep South!

Those of us that live down South know that it can get pretty cold down here. We have specific problems that I doubt workers in fast food stores in the north have.

Burger King Andy Bay is a good example.

For years workers on drive-through one, dishes, or any other tasks in the back area were left to freeze in the low, and even minus, degrees.

Workers protest outside BK in 2012. BK workers have learnt to stick together.  

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‘We Triggered Something Epic’: An Interview with Naquasia LeGrand of the Fight for $15


When Naquasia LeGrand first got involved with the Fight for $15 workers’ movement, it was, she says, “underground.” No one, least of all her, knew how far the movement would spread in the four years since she helped launch the first fast-food workers’ strike, in New York City in November 2012. New York fast-food workers won their raise in 2015, though it won’t be fully phased in in the city until 2018. 

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Unions role in climate justice to be discussed Sunday


Environmental and union leaders will come together this Sunday the 14th of August at this year's ECO conference for a panel discussion on the subject of Just Transitions, and you're invited.

A just transition means moving to a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy that maximises the benefits of climate action while minimising hardships for workers and their communities. The panel will start at 12:45 on Sunday whilst everyone is invited to attend the full weekend long conference.

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Workers housing needs highlighted at "The Block"

By Ben Peterson, Unite Organiser

Unite Union represents thousands of workers. Every day we are helping our members in fast food, hotels, calls centers, sky city casino and elsewhere with problems in their workplace. We do our best to represent our workers to make sure that people get the respect they deserve at work and make lives easier.



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Growing discontent over low wage growth - unions

(Reprinted from Radio NZ)

By Patrick O'Meara, Economics Correspondent @Omearanz patrick.omeara@radionz.co.nz

The economy is growing at about 2.5 to 3 percent, but wages are failing to keep up.

Official figures show annual wage increases eased to 1.5 percent in the year to June, and have now been below 2 percent for the last four years.

"This year wage settlements have come in about 2 to 3 percent. But over the last couple of months, we've seen employers pushing wages down to quite low amounts of 1 to 1.5 percent and members are quite unhappy," Unite Union assistant secretary Tom Buckley said.

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Don't Block affordable housing!

Unite Union represents thousands of workers in Auckland. Every day we are helping our members in fast food, hotels, calls centers, sky city casino and elsewhere with problems in their workplace. We do our best to represent our workers to make sure that people get the respect they deserve at work and make lives easier.


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A property crash is coming – the only issue is what we do

By Mike Treen, Unite National Director

There is a real estate bubble in this country that will implode at some point in the near future. It is of no consequence whether the Greens or Labour “favour” a price decline or not. The decline will happen.


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Minimum wage crusaders in US are holding a convention – to talk about racism


By Jim Tankersley

(Reprinted from The Washington Post)

Thousands of low-wage workers will gather in Richmond, Va., next month in an attempt to unify the racial and economic protest movements currently animating the American left.

The inaugural Fight for $15 convention, slated for Aug. 12-13, springs from the now four-year-old push to increase government-mandated minimum wages and expand worker access to unions. But organizers chose the convention location, in the capital of the old Confederacy, to deepen their movement's links to activists seeking citizenship for immigrants who entered the United States illegally and to Black Lives Matter, which protests police violence against African-Americans.

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