Mike Treen addresses low-paid workers at a protest in April
Reprinted from TV3 News
Workplace Relations Minister Michael Woodhouse, already under fire this week over his controversial health and safety reforms, has now been accused of lying about wanting to end zero-hour contracts.
After a successful campaign earlier this year by Unite Union to get rid of zero-hour contracts in the fast-food industry, Mr Woodhouse said they were "unfair", "unbalanced" and soon to be "unlawful".
But Unite says his new Bill, introduced last week, is "truly horrifying" and actually "makes the situation worse".
"The new law actually legalises zero-hour contracts, whereas in the past there was some legal ambiguity in their use," says national director Mike Treen.
Council of Trade Unions Health and Safety Update and Clippings #8
As you will be aware the third reading of the Health and Safety Bill is in progress and will resume on Tuesday next week. There was a vast amount of media coverage generated this week which is too much to include in this update.
The CTU assisted Pike and forestry families to come to Wellington and continue their fight for better health and safety law.
The families held a Panel Discussion in the Legislative Chamber on Tuesday night, and sat in Parliament’s Public Gallery as the Bill came back for its third reading on Wednesday. This story is told below with hyperlinks to some of the media they generated.
Bereaved families had come to Wellington and descended on Parliament. They came to urge the Government not to water down the Bill. The Bill was then delayed and the Government was “running scared” and “did not want to face the families”.
Peter Dunne could have done more.
Last Wednesday the debate quickly turned to worm farms as the Government has botched the law.
We, however, continue the moral fight to show how heartless this Government is: TVNZ https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/critics-question-new-workplace-health-and-safety-rules-6376507 Maori TV :https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/national/families-those-killed-work-fight-tighten-health-and-safety-bill
Here’s the CTU raw time lapse footage
Watch here on Tuesday, as the debate continues.
The Talley’s owned group companies have launched a fight to destroy the meat workers union at the 8 Affco plants they own in the North Island.
The demands the company put on the table would have cut workers pay, increased the working day, gut union protections, and eliminated seniority rights for staff.
The company’s purpose is simple – to boost production and profits at all costs – including the lives and limbs of their workforce, as well as the environment.
1000 members of the New Zealand Meat Workers Union at eight AFFCO plants in the North Island have voted overwhelmingly to take strike action next week.
The decision comes after the Talley’s owned company walked away from mediation last week and applied to end bargaining under the government’s new employment laws - the first such application since the law came into effect.Read more
By John Minto
(Reprinted from The Daily Blog)
Our Inland Revenue Department has a “High Wealth Individuals Unit” (HWI Unit) which collects information on the wealth of “people who have, or are in control of wealth over $50 million”
For the 2014 year, the HWI Unit has identified over 212 people who meet this criteria and furthermore these 212 HWI’s control, or are closely associated with, 7,009 “entities” – mainly companies and tax-haven trusts – with control in some cases shared with other HWI’s.
By Darien Fenton, Director of Organising, NZ Meat Workers Union
Talley's workers and their families during the 2012 lockout
It’s not really a big surprise, but disappointing all the same that it’s come to crunch time with Talleys AFFCO .
After 18 months of things going nowhere, the MWU attended Court ordered mediation this month in an effort to settle the collective agreement. The MWU team tried hard to negotiate on the issues the company had told us were important competitive issues for them, including a 480 minute day.
By Mike Treen, Unite National Director
(Reprinted from The Daily Blog)
Sometimes working people get misled by some of the arguments used to bash the beneficiary as bludgers and so on.
Firstly we should know that having a welfare system is vital to putting a floor under how far we can be pushed down in this society.
When unemployment went from less than 3% to 12% over a few years during the deep recession of the late 1980s and early 1990s it wasn’t because workers suddenly had a fit of laziness and abandoned our jobs. We were forced out of working by the bosses and their system – capitalism.