Unite union condemns exclusion of ‘just transition’ in the Draft Paris Outcome

Unite union condemns the exclusion of ‘just transition’ measures in the Draft Paris Outcome and stands with world’s most vulnerable and against the corrupted COP process. 

Unite union climate justice spokesperson Gary Cranston joined a sit-in of disaffected civil society representatives at COP21 in Paris today following the release of the draft negotiation document. “In the last few days of the negotiations, unions and climate impacted allies have been working hard to ensure Governments agree to include wording in the climate agreement that will support a just transition away from fossil fuels that will protect those most vulnerable”, said Unite Union’s representative in Paris, Gary Cranston.

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RBL members: changing your availability or desired hours on Serveme

 We have had some reports of members being asked to change their "desired hours" and availability on Serveme recently.

Our advice is simple: do not make any changes unless you want to.

Reducing your availability or "desired hours" is likely to reduce your paid and Guaranteed Minimum Hours (GMH) as follows:

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Gary's Paris Report : Sommet Citoyen pour le Climat – The People’s Climate Summit.

By Gary Cranston, Unite organiser and participant in the COP21 climate summit in Paris

(More reports by Gary and others can be found at the Climate Justice Aoteraroa website)

We’re halfway through COP21 now and on Saturday morning, the People’s Climate Summit got underway in Montreuil, a lively working-class town just outside the East of Paris.

Hundreds of stalls, events, workshops, gigs, talks of all sorts are happening in the town. The Global Village of Alternatives is in the main square and surrounds showcasing “concrete alternative solutions, both local and international, for climate and social justice”, and most importantly, people from some of the most inspiring movements and organisations that are winning the fight for climate justice are holding political talks, panel debates and discussions and workshops, including civil disobedience workshops to prepare people for the actions in the streets of Paris next Saturday when the negotiations inevitably fail. This is the real stuff.

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Gary's report: Meeting Jonathan Neale of the One Million Climate Jobs Campaign

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Gary Cranston and Edward Miller meet with Jonathan Neale of the One Million Climate Jobs Campaign

By Unite Organiser, Gary Cranston.

On Friday, I had the pleasure to meet Jonathan Neala of the One Million Climate Jobs Campaign. Always great to meet an old Facebook friend in the flesh, and a great campaigner for climate justice.

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Gary's Paris report : In the Green Zone : Pine trees, palettes and polluters

By Unite Organiser Gary Cranston

Well, I made it to Paris, and after finding and settling into the place I’m staying in the 5th arrondissement, I headed out for my first mission to le Bourget, the giant aircraft hangar where the official conference has been ongoing since Monday. This is the 21st meeting of governments since these climate talkfests began.

I hadn’t seen much of the state of emergency until I got to Le Bourget train station, where conference attendees take busses to the conference centre. Hundreds of police officers were walking around the place, many armed with machine guns.

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Pine trees opposite the conference centre. New Zealand’s primary way of cheating the system, using carbon offsets to hide its actual emissions.

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Unite supports climate justice

Unite Union adopted a position on climate justice at its annual conference last week in Auckland. Unite Organiser Gary Cranston will also be attending the climate change negotiations in Paris as part of an international union delegation.

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Unite organiser Gary Cranston introduces resolution on climate justice to Unite annual conference November 27, 2015

 

 

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NZ Labour Letter - November 2015, Vol. 6 No. 11

Enclosed is the latest edition of your New Zealand Labour Letter. 2015 marks 20 years of AIL in New Zealand and we look forward to continuing to serve the labour community.

AIL sends our congratulations to the New Zealand Meat Workers Union which won a significant decision in Employment Court against AFFCO detailed in this month's newsletter. We also congratulate Richard Wagstaff for his election as head of the CTU and offer our best wishes to Helen Kelly who retired.

The online publication of the New Zealand Labour Letter is provided as a service to Labour by AIL of New Zealand Ltd.  

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Kaikohe KFC prematurely closed down following 10 days of community support pickets.

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CEO to meet with workers to discuss “positive pathway forward”.

We are pleased to announce that Russel Creedy, CEO of Restaurant Brands has accepted an offer from the laid off workers of KFC Kaikohe to discuss a “positive pathway forward”. Thirteen Kaikohe KFC employees had been left high and dry before Christmas after being made redundant with no compensation.

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AFFCO forced staff around New Zealand onto individual contracts

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An Employment Court decision has forced AFFCO back to mediation with the Meat Workers Union.

By Megan Hunt (Reprinted from Stuff)

Meat process company AFFCO pressured seasonal workers into signing new individual contracts to avoid negotiating a collective contract with their union. 

A decision released by the Employment Court today said the Meat Workers Union and AFFCO reached a stalemate in negotiations for a new collective contract which expired at the end of 2014.

When workers returned for the 2015-2016 season the conditions AFFCO wanted to add to the collective contract - opposed by the union - were added to individual contracts workers needed to sign to regain employment.

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WORKERS TAKE THE AIRWAVES

Listen to Mexican refugee Diego Compa, Anu Kaloti from the Migrant Workers Association of Aotearoa and Sunny Sehgal ,organiser for E tū talking about the exploitation of migrant workers in New Zealand to Joe Carolan on Unite Union's "Workers Voice" radio show.

https://soundcloud.com/solidarityjoe/migrantworkersvoiceunitejoe