Budget cuts planned by National

1 Sep

It doesn’t have to be like this (7/10)

Workers – Let’s march together to the polling booths!

1 Sep

Workers in Central Auckland will march to vote early when the polls open on Wednesday the 3rd of September. Unite Union and the SFWU are encouraging our members to vote to change the government.

The current National Government has tried to attack unions and workers entitlements, while most opposition parties have promised to increase the minimum wage by $2 an hour in their first year in government.

Workers will be meeting up outside SKYCITY and marching down to Liston House in Hobson Street to be the first workers to vote en masse. The march will be starting at 2pm from Skytower and Unite members will be released from work on paid time to attend. Other workers welcome to join us!

Authorised by Michael Treen, 6a Western Springs Road, Morningside.


Our friend faces trial on Tuesday. Please help!

1 Sep

Demand justice for Andy today!
Tell Natural Fruit to drop the charges!

Andy with MWRNAndy Hall with our brothers and sisters at the Migrant Workers Rights Forum.

Dear Mike,

Andy Hall is preparing for a trial that could cost him $10 million and 7 years of his life. All because he spoke out about abusive working conditions at a factory in Thailand owned by Natural Fruit, a company that ships processed pineapple products around the world.

Don’t let Natural Fruit hide its misconduct with intimidation and harassment! Send a message demanding it drop these ridiculous charges and fix what’s wrong in its factories today!

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Where to vote: advance voting places from Sept 3

29 Aug

Elections NZ have announced details of the advance voting places. You can check your electorate’s advance voting places here at elections.org.nz, and below are posters with some of the advance voting spots which you can print off for work. In these posters – in most provincial areas, we have a poster for each electorate. In cities, we have combined a few electorates together.

Northland: Northland; Whangarei; Rodney
Auckland: North Auckland combined; East Auckland combined; Central Auckland combined; West Auckland combined; South Auckland combined.
Waikato & Bay of Plenty: Waikato & Coromandel; Hamilton combined; East Coast; Rotorua;Tauranga;
Central & Lower North Island: Taupo; Hawkes Bay; New Plymouth; Taranaki King Country; Whanganui; Rangitikei; Palmerston North; Otaki;
Wellington region: Wellington Region multi-electorate; Mana; Ohariu; Rimutaka; Hutt Valley; Rongotai; Wellington Central; Wairarapa;
Upper South Island:Nelson; Kaikoura
Canterbury & West Coast: Christchurch; Rangitata; Selwyn; Waimakariri; West Coast Tasman
Otago & Southland: Waitaki; Dunedin combined; Clutha Southland; Invercargill.

Thailand: Drop the charges against labour activist

29 Aug
Andy’s trial starts on Tuesday – please act today. Is this email not displaying correctly?
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British migrant rights activist Andy Hall faces 7 years imprisonment and $10 million in damages from lawsuits brought by Thai pineapple company Natural Fruit.

Hall’s research for workers’ rights NGO Finnwatch found serious abuses at Natural Fruit’’s pineapple factory including child labour, illegally low wages, confiscation of identity documents and violence.

Rather than address issues, Natural Fruit tried to silence Andy with bogus lawsuits.

The first of several criminal trials begins on Tuesday 2 September.

Please support the online campaign demanding that the charges against Andy be dropped:


(If you’re having any problems with that link, try clicking here instead.)

After you’ve done that — and here’s the important bit — please try to get your friends, family and fellow union members to sign up as well.

Thanks very much.

Eric Lee

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Unite Union delegates – get out and vote

28 Aug

Vote for a Living Wage – what the parties say!

28 Aug
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Inequality is high on the agenda this election and the Living Wage is one way Government could get its house in order, set an example for the private sector, and reduce poverty for thousands of NZ families.

Three political parties fronted up to our election events and said YES to a Living Wage for all public service employees and contracted workers delivering services on a regular and on-going basis. The Labour Party, the Green Party, and the Internet/Mana Party. We also got a response from the Maori Party post the events to say they also supported a Living Wage. Vote to change NZ! Vote Living Wage!

The Living Wage is rejected by the National Party, ACT, NZ First, United Future, and Conservatives.

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