There will be large protests this Thursday against the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, which is due to be signed at Skycity. The government is not allowing citizens to have a vote on this major change to our economy - referenda are only for flags.
Why unions oppose the TPPA.
1. It strengthens corporate power
- By giving foreign corporations in the TPPA the power to sue the New Zealand government in unaccountable offshore tribunals of corporate lawyers when their profits are threatened.
- By giving foreign corporations the right to be consulted over changes New Zealand governments want to make.
- By encouraging offshoring of production and jobs.
By Joe Carolan, Unite Organiser and Co-Ordinator of Campaign for a Living Wage - $15ph now
After five years of strikes and struggles, a million conversations at gigs, workplaces and sports events that collected a quarter of a million voters signatures for a referendum petition, which quickly won 70% approval in mainstream news polls - on Tuesday the Government finally announced it would take the minimum wage above $15 an hour.
Joe Carolan left on 2009 picket to launch the campaign.Read more
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.