(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.
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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
Wednesday, 23 December 2015, 1:54 pm
Press Release: Meat Workers Union
Coming on top of a year of turbulence in AFFCO Talleys meat plants, two union delegates have been sacked right on Xmas because they went into work early to talk to union members, says the NZ Meat Workers Union.
By Alastair Reith, McDonald's Unite delegate, Dunedin
Today we beat the heat at McDonald's. I thought I might share the story, in case anyone else out there is sweating and sweltering and wants to hear about a wee victory that I think shows what a bit of union action can achieve.
As part of the ongoing breakdown in relationships between Talley’s AFFCO and their staff, yesterday they stood down five staff for wearing a campaign t-shirt which Talley’s AFFCO has said resembles gang insignia.
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December 2015, Vol. 6 No. 12
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The Maritime Union urged Indonesia to crack down on abuse of its migrant fishery workers on boats owned by Korean and Taiwanese companies. Spokesman Victor Billot said the Indonesian government should clamp down on rogue recruitment agencies which he said were selling workers into slavery. "Unless there is some action on the other end of it, with Indonesia and all these [other] trading partners, we're still going to see those problems. We're still going to see people treated as sub-human,” he said. The Indonesian government recently reported that up to 61,000 Indonesians have been treated as “slaves” on foreign fishing vessels operating in New Zealand waters. A new law, supported by the Maritime Union, goes into effect in May 2016 which requires foreign-owned boats to be registered in New Zealand and comply with local labour laws. Billot also said the New Zealand government needs to put more resources into inspections and enforcement when the vessels came into port. "Really, we should be looking at 'New Zealandising' the fishing industry and ensuring that New Zealand workers — not just New Zealand flagged vessels — have got a chance to work in that industry on New Zealand rates of pay and conditions,” he said.
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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.