Unions role in climate justice to be discussed Sunday

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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

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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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New Zealand Labour Letter July, 2016

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National Labour News

Helen Kelly, former president of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions, was honoured with a portrait at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery. The portrait, painted by Lee Robinson, was donated by the city and presented to the gallery by Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown. Wade-Brown said Kelly was a strident campaigner for social justice, the rights of New Zealand workers and medical marijuana as she fought a public battle with cancer. "Through all this time she's been a passionate Wellingtonian and deserves to be recognised for the great work she's achieved in the capital for so many New Zealanders," said Wade-Brown. Kelly called the occasion “fabulous that the council had recognised other participants in the community like unions.” She served as president of the CTU from 2007 until October 2015 when she stepped down due to her illness. She was noted as an outspoken advocate for better safety standards in the New Zealand forestry industry

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Helen Kelly, former president of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

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Your rights and ACC

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By Gary Cranston, Unite Organiser
If you have suffered an accident that affects your ability to work, you may be eligible for ACC to cover the pay you normally receive through your job. This could be a temporary thing while you recover over a short period of time, or if your injury prevents you from working then you may be covered for as long as it takes.
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Fast food companies making big money

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If you're the owner of a fast food company in New Zealand, you've had a very, very good year.

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LGBTIQ? Unite fights for everyone!

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Unite Union is a union for all workers. We believe that it is important to stand up for everyone in our workplaces, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, or what rugby team you go for (yes, even crusaders fans).
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