By Mike Treen, Unite National Director.
(Reprinted from The Daily Blog)
Big banks and mainstream economists are now predicting an economic disaster befalling the world economy over the next few years.
Some previous neo-liberal stalwarts of free-market capitalism are now demanding that the state intervenes to save capitalism from itself.
FROM THE INTERNATIONAL UNION OF FOOD WORKERS
Yesterday we sent an urgent action appeal in response to brutal violations of basic rights by the anti-union New Zealand meat company Talleys/AFFCO. Many of you quickly responded, and the company has now blocked incoming messages. However your voice can stil be heard! We will now be collecting these messages for presentation to the company in the form of a petition and to share with the meatworkers union. If you have not yet sent a message, we hope you will take a moment to do so. If you received a notice of non-delivery and can use an alternative email address, please do so. We thank you for your solidarity and support - the message will get through!
MESSAGE FROM THE INTERNATIONAL UNION OF FOODWORKERS
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Talleys Group Ltd is a New Zealand company that has consistently sought to restrict and, wherever it can, eliminate union representation within its group of companies.
Many workers in its meat processing operations, AFFCO and South Pacific Meats, belong to the New Zealand Meat Workers Union (NZMWU). There is no union membership elsewhere within Talleys’ operations in fishing, food processing and dairy.
(Reprinted from The Daily Blog)
Despite its ‘neither confirm nor deny’ the government will host the signing of the TPPA on 4 Feb. The Herald this morning ran the absurd banner for its editorial: ‘TPP signing an honour, let’s respect it’.
Well, let’s not!!!!
If you live near or in Auckland – or are pissed off enough to travel a bit – the TPPA Don’t Sign campaign will kick off with a public meeting at the Auckland Town Hall on Tuesday 26 January at 7pm.
Below is the latest edition of your New Zealand Labour Letter. The online publication of the New Zealand Labour Letter is provided as a service to Labour by AIL of New Zealand Ltd.Read more
Internationally the discussion about wealth and inequality continues unabated.
Even mainstream institutions are joining the debate to “warn” their masters that unrestricted growth in inequality could prove dangerous - economically and politically. These include the OECD, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund and the World Economic Forum. This is rather ironic today given that the policies that have accelerated the rise in income inequality and wealth redistribution upwards include all these same institutions.
An insurgent revolt in US politics on both the left and the right has inequality at its core. The maverick candidacy of Bernie Sanders for the Democratic Party presidential nomination in the US has even put a discussion of socialism on the agenda.
The extent of the wealth inequality globally is much worse than previously estimated according to recent reports.
Some important work has been done recently in New Zealand that documents the continuing growth in wealth inequality.
Max Rashbrook has followed up his books Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis and The Inequality Debate: An Introduction with Wealth and New Zealand. They part of a valuable series by Bridget Williams Books dubbed “short books on big subjects”.
Kia ora --
All year, workers in the Talleys owned AFFCO meat plants have been in a struggle with their employer. Their union, the MWU, tried to settle an agreement to replace the 2012 collective agreement which came after an 84-day lockout.
But in June, AFFCO Talleys began forcing their workers to give up their union pay and conditions by making it clear that not signing a new contract meant no job. Around the same time, Talleys lost two Employment Authority cases in other meat plants, where the health & safety of workers caused harm to workers. And Worksafe decided to prosecute Talley's for a worker who was impaled on a meat hook at their North Island plant in Rangiuru.Read more