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By Dave Armstrong, Dominion Post
OPINION: Though our workplace safety record is three times as bad as Britain’s and twice as bad as Australia’s, it hardly rates a mention.
The old Farmers building in Napier, where a construction worker died last week.
Kiwis were justifiably outraged last week when they heard a story about a "gold elite" passenger on an Air New Zealand flight refusing to give up her prime seat to a wheelchair-bound passenger.
I was almost as outraged as I had been a few weeks previously when I heard about a certain lowly ranked list MP allegedly threatening to get his boss, the prime minister, to fire a waiter if a drink wasn’t immediately served.
So why, when a far more serious incident occurred – a building contractor tragically killed in a workplace accident in Napier – was there so little media coverage or public outrage?
Though our workplace accident toll is alarmingly high by world standards, we seem to have become desensitised to it. As with our appalling suicide rate and too-high road toll, when an industrial fatality occurs we express sympathy and concern, but do little about it.
A report released earlier this year found New Zealand had an "appalling, unacceptable and unsustainable" record in workplace health and safety. The number of serious injuries and fatalities that occur in our workplaces is alarmingly high for a so-called developed nation.
If our unemployment rate was three times as high as Britain’s, which would work out at about 23 per cent, there would be justifiable national outrage and marches through the streets.
Yet though our workplace safety record is three times as bad as Britain’s and twice as bad as Australia’s, it hardly rates a mention. We’re desperate to keep up with the Aussies in sport, and our politicians dream of competing with their wages, yet we seem to happily let the Aussies – with their many deep mines, tough climate and plethora of poisonous animals – trump us in the workplace safety stakes.
Perhaps the reason basil growers like me get more outraged about the rising price of Israeli couscous or cuts to arts funding is that over half our industrial accidents happen in just five industries – manufacturing, construction, agriculture, forestry and fishing.
These are mainly blue- and brown-collar industries dominated by young blokes and usually located well away from CBD cafes. So is it a case of out of sight, out of mind?
Though the odd industry leader occasionally laments our appalling record, it is Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly who has almost single-handedly kept this issue in the public eye – especially the appalling safety record in the forestry industry.
Ironically, one of the reasons for increasing workplace accidents is probably the contracting out of work and the increased use of casual, non-unionised labour.
Unionised workers might be a pain in the butt for employers working on tight margins, but they tend to blow the whistle on unsafe practices long before anyone else.
Casual and low-paid workers are too worried about losing their job to make a fuss. If you don’t believe me take a trip to a clothes factory in Bangladesh. Is this one area where increased worker militancy will be welcomed by the public?
So who should we blame for our alarming workplace safety record?
Perhaps one problem is that different groups are too eager to blame each other. The recently released report pointed to a number of factors, including lack of clear regulation, bad leadership and poor worker engagement.
The review of the Pike River tragedy showed that private companies sometimes fail to carry out their safety responsibilities, and our current bureaucracy-averse government lets them get away with it.
But it is also true that in some industries, especially those with a large number of gung-ho young males involved, workers sometimes fail to take the safety precautions that their employers have implemented.
Labour Minister Simon Bridges has a great opportunity to build a real consensus around workplace safety. We all want it to improve.
If he can get everyone to leave doctrine at the door – rather than their helmets and hi-vis vests – then maybe through co-operation, education and regulation we might emerge from Third World workplace safety to First.
Then, as our cricketers occasionally show, we will be able to compare ourselves favourably with Britain and Australia, instead of being lumped with minnows like Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.
It seems that the problem of McDonald’s offering discounts for Police is long standing. The company was asked to stop it by police head office in 2002 and 2007 but seemed to have ultimately ignored the requests.
In 2002 two police officers forced an 18-year old McDonald’s worker to give them a discount when the company had been asked to stop the discounts. The worker had to pay the difference from his own wages.
The report went as follows:
Police officials have expressed concern that the ability of local police officers to buy burgers half-price from McDonald’s outlets could be seen as corrupt.
As part of a "police anti-corruption strategy", the force’s headquarters has now asked the US-based fastfood giant to stop offering large discounts to police officers. Spokeswoman Sarah Martin explained that the request was about preserving police integrity.
The move was made after the Police Complaints Authority received a complaint that two police officers refused to pay the full price at a McDonald’s in Nelson, causing the 18-year-old cashier to make up the difference out of his wages.
Many McDonald’s franchises are refusing to honour the request however, despite receiving a letter from the company’s headquarters advising that they sell the burgers to police officers at their full price.
Bryce Randell, managers of the McDonald’s at Wellington’s Manners Mall, told Stuff that his staff still give police the discount: "It’s just to attract police around this area, because we do get a few problems around Manners Mall, especially late at night."
It seems that attempt failed to stop the practice because of resistance from franchisees and police officers.
Then again in 2007 police head office asked McDonald’s to stop offering discounts.
According to the February 11, 2007, NZ Herald “Internal police regulations clearly state that sworn police staff are not allowed to accept ‘a discount on any goods or services where that discount is offered because that person is a member of police’.”
The Herald continued:
The national manager of professional standards, Superintendent Stu Wildon, said he would be alerting all district commanders to the policy and demanding greater enforcement. He said he was unaware of the prevalence of fast food discounts for police, and feared the publicity would cause damage to the force’s reputation.
“The soliciting and receipt of gratuities and rewards certainly is perceived by some as corruption and that is one of the reasons we need to be pro-active in managing and investigating it," Wildon said.
He said it was important to note that officers are not negotiating the discounts but that they are offered to police by businesses. Police rules say officers are allowed to receive calendars, diaries and notebooks, pens, ties, cufflinks, hats, badges, paperweights and "other items of little intrinsic value”.
Some people have questioned whether Unite should have challenged the Police discounts at McDonald’s during our recent dispute.
We raised the issue because of what appeared to us as a bias towards the company in the policing methods during pickets outside McDonald’s stores in Auckland. We thought it inappropriate for the company to offer discounts and for the police to accept them – especially in the middle of a dispute where police are being called by the company to "protect" their stores. Members had also complained because some franchisees offered less than the usual 50% and they would get hassled to increase the discount. We wrote to both the company and the police commissioner to ask for the discounts to be ended.
In the end the commissioner of police Peter Marshall said it was wrong for police to expect or demand discounts just because they are police officers.
His message was unambiguous as the following report makes clear:
Commissioner Peter Marshall was responding to publicity this week about officers receiving healthy discounts from the likes of McDonald’s and Subway when in uniform, saying police reputation was too important to be compromised by such perks.
Officers accepting discounted food could be subject to code of conduct investigations, he said.
Mr Marshall said police policy about gratuities should be well known and that police must not accept gifts for simply doing a good job.
"It is totally inappropriate for a police officer in uniform to consider receiving discounted food from any outlet," he said.
"In nearly 41 years of service I have never placed myself in that position, a position that cheapens the standing of New Zealand Police.
"If you are standing at a counter in uniform and you are heard and seen to get a discount – what sort of message does that give to the public?"
Retailers simply wanted to attract police to their premises and some would say it was their international policy to give discounts to emergency services personnel, he said.
"I don’t care. New Zealand Police officers should pay full price or walk away – it is as simple as that."
Given the failure to stop the practice in 2002 and 2007 it will be interesting to see if this commissioner can get the company to stop offering the discount and the cops to stop demanding them.
Unite has written to the company to seek a reassurance that the discount will end and our members won’t be put into any more difficult situations with different policies being followed by different franchisees. We have suggested that the money saved from giving 11000 police a 50% discount could be given to their own staff in the form of a free meal on shift – a right most other workers have in the industry.
Macca’s Queen St, May 1, 2013
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Question 24: How does GST affect different income groups?
GST – like all consumption taxes – is unequal in its impact. Because working people spend a higher proportion of their incomes they pay a higher percentage of their income on GST.
CTU economist Bull Rosenberg looked at this in recent CTU Economic Bulletin. He writes:
“Some more detail on how GST affects low and high income people: The graph below comes from research carried out for the Tax Working Group (“Changing the rate of GST: fiscal, efficiency and equity considerations”) It shows the proportion of both income and expenditure that is paid out in GST for each income group in the country.
“On the far left is the 10 percent of households (“decile”) with the lowest annual disposable incomes, corrected (“equivalised”) for the number of people in the household. “Disposable income” means income after income tax and credits such as Working for Families have been
“The two downward sloping lines show the percentage of income that is paid in GST. The higher one (in green) shows it for disposable income, the lower one (in blue) for gross income. For the lowest income households, it is as much as 14 percent of their income. How can it be more than the 12.5 percent GST rate? Because many low income households are spending more than their income – getting further into debt, living on gifts from relatives, or using up their savings. For the highest 10 percent of households, only 4 percent of their total income or 6 percent of their disposable income goes on GST. (See Graph 13)
“The third, much more gently sloping, line (in red) shows the percentage of expenditure that is paid in GST. It is still higher for lower income households, and even if it was perfectly level across the income range doesn’t reflect ability to pay. It is much more painful for a low income household to go without $10 than it is for a high income household.
“So beware of arguments that GST actually affects those on higher incomes more, or to the same extent, as those on low incomes because they pay more in dollar terms or because people at any level of income spend everything they earn over their lifetimes. That assumes wealthy people eventually consume all their income."
(Part of a series of extracts from “Exposing Right Wing Lies” by Mike Treen, Unite National Director)
By Matt McCarten, Sunday, May 19, 2013
Despite all the political and media posturing over Thursday’s Budget, nothing much really happened – again.
For 14 years, five under Bill English and nine with Sir Michael Cullen, our Budgets have made most of us yawn (even though we nod sagely).
Deep down I suspect you don’t believe our national Budget matters a great deal. And you’d be right. The system was fixed a generation ago.
Sir Roger Douglas and Ruth Richardson, when they were finance ministers, succeeded beyond their wildest dreams by abolishing the tools a government could use to control the economy. Strong-arm state socialism was replaced by the invisible hand of the free market. A new economic order was born.
It didn’t take long for job security and living wages to be sacrificed for massive profits to a new elite class.
Massive cuts to the taxes on wealth led to privatisation of public assets, the dismantling of the welfare state and the transfer of the costs of public education and public health to the individual user. Egalitarianism was replaced by a new rich and a new poor.
The result of these realities is that nowadays, any Budget debate isn’t about the big left- or right-wing visions and ideas. It’s descended to nuanced bickering about what table crumbs go to this chook or that.
It’s a bookeeper’s report. Even then, the figures spouted are baloney.
For example, Mighty River sale profits going to worthy Christchurch causes such as a new hospital. Would the hospital not have been built if the sale hadn’t gone through? Of course.
If we wanted a real left-wing Budget that would get everyone’s attention, what about these 10 game changers?
1. Abolish 15 per cent GST. Replace with 1 per cent financial transaction tax as recommended by the New Zealand Bankers Association. Same money.
2. Abolish PAYE on wages and salaries. Replace it with a wealth tax and a capital gains tax when shares, businesses, land and property are sold. People are taxed when they’re cashing up, not when they are making it.
3. 90 per cent Death Tax. You can’t take it with you. Grown-up kids should earn their own money anyway.
4. Rent-to-buy homes underwritten by the state. Limiting homes to two a family and having a capital gains tax will keep prices affordable.
5. State-created work schemes for all long-term jobless.
6. A living wage set at $20 an hour minimum. It would be a stimulus package.
7. No tax on profits kept in a business.
8. Free public transport in major cities. That would get people out of their cars.
9. Victims get 100 per cent state compensation for loss or injury. Offenders work it off if necessary.
10. Make KiwiSaver a state-owned fund and buy all the Government’s non-core commercial assets.
I reckon my alternative budget would be supported much more by New Zealanders than anything dished up in recent years.
While I’m on a roll, we may as well nationalise SkyCity casino. After all, it’s a monopoly cash cow.
We could rename it The People’s Stock Exchange.
Or am I getting ahead of myself?
Dion reports on MayDay Concert 2013, held at the Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North, Saturday 4 May: The Kate Martin School of Dance from Levin, won the MayDay Cup in front of a 500 plus, enthusiatic and at times rowdy audience, enjoying the great diverse programme on offer. 16 young dancers performed three very topical and relevant contemporary dance pieces, called “Youth of Aotearoa” in one fluid dance. A powerful imagery in “Office Mob” as they walked over people on stage, and then demonstrated great timing moving into “Treaty”, followed by “Nga Iwi E”, while combining hip hop and haka. At various times they held placards protesting youth rates and state asset sales
Singer/songwriter, and New Zealand Art Laureate, Moana Maniapoto, rocked the Regent in the second half, with a wonderful intimate set of songs that paid tribute to those who fought and continue to fight for workers rights. Moana was joined by the electronic keyboard wizard, Paddy Free (from Pitch Black) and the ultra experienced funky guitarist, Cadzow Cossar. Their haunting, “Which Side Are You On” was a highlight, followed closely by “Rebel”, “Timor”, “Ancestors”, and a special performance of “Treaty”, along with a stunning encore. Their wealth of overseas touring experience showed out in their sharp professional performance
In between music and dance, were well thought out presentations about various campaigns, visually projected onto the giant backwall screen. James Sleep from “the Living Wage”; Green MP, Denise Roche outlining the reasons to campaign against the Governments new Employment Relations Amendment Bill; John Maynard from ‘Ohariu Peoples Power’ created great audience participation and much humour as they repeatedly joined in his chorus of “bullshit”, to the Sale of State Assetts and the TPPA
Palmerston North City Councillor, Chris Teo Sherrell showed 2 striking video clips of the pollution of the Manawatu River, linking it to the same corporate uncaring attitude that impacts on workers, as he led into the introduction to the “Manawatu River Song” sung by the Brazen Hussies, accompanied by 12 year old Rosa Hehir on guitar. Rosa had been at the songwriters workshop that put together that song the day after MayDay Concert last year
Wellington band ‘Spanner in the Works’ demonstrated why they have to record their songs onto a CD for all to enjoy, as they punched out their jazzed up Ross Teppet led arrangements of “Power in a Union” and “Solidarity Forever” along with Peter Conway (on vocals and mandolin) with his stirringly original “Remember Waihi”. Those 2 were ably assisted by Bill Newson on lead guitar, Sue Windsor on keyboards and Lisa Beech on violin
The 6 piece rock band, ‘The Crew’ were a crowd favourite as they played up to their banner waving supporters. All are proud young and vibrant members of the RMTU and they showed great variations from originals to adapting cover versions
The Cailin Traditional Irish School of Dance, with colourful outfits, high stepped into a strong and speedy hard shoe “Hillsborough Reel”, depicting why Irish dancers hold their hands at their side, as a defiance in the midst of oppression
John Maynard launched the show with a powerful trumpet version of the famous worker and socialist anthem, “The Internationale”. Later on Chris Green, an economics teacher, who had last performed on the Regent stage in 2007 in the lead role of Jean Viljean in Les Miserables, showed his powerful voice with first an original he wrote, “Trickle Down”, followed by a booming polished version of “He aint Heavy”. He performed with 3 backing musicians under his bands name, ‘Shades of Green’
NZ music month was very much front and centre as Luc from France (on vocals and guitar) performed the Dave Dobbyn tune of James K Baxters poem, “Song of the Years”, to Tessa and Kate’s evocative Contemporary dance Choreography
The Brazen Hussies launched their first ever CD after 23 years (19 in a row at MayDay Concert) with lovely harmonies in “We Were There” that depicted the struggles of women down throughout the ages. They dedicated “Bella Ciao” to the Cuban 5 incarcerated in a US prison and ended their set with a strong audience response to “Join a Union”, to the tune of the Village People’s “YMCA”
The 5 judges for the MayDay Cup included the ‘Charge d’affairs’ from the Cuban Embassy, Manuel Sanchez, who loaned out the Cuban flag for the evening as it flew from the top of the stage. He brought out the international solidarity flavour to the night. The convenor of judges, Peter Conway, spoke to the audience at the end of the night about each of the performances and truly honoured each of them. The foyer at the interval was like a fleamarket as political parties, the ‘Pathfinder’ bookstall and other union and community organisations showed what they had to offer. Not a bad night out for union members, their families and communities for $5 per ticket
Dion Martin 021 776 029
The unite union fight over their contract with McDonald’s has resulted in two knockdowns for the company in the first two weeks. But the struggle continues.
The fight began May 1 with a picket of the company’s flagship Queen Street store in Auckland that was subject to heavy-handed police presence. This aggressive policing continued outside the Quay St and Queen Street stores on May 10. The union felt obliged to make a formal complaint to the Auckland police commander and will be meeting him on Monday to discuss the police tactics.
One of the issues raised in the on the first pickets was the anti-gay culture demonstrated in the bullying and abuse suffered by Unite union delegate Sean Bailey. This became an international news story and was then picked up by New Zealand media.
The union then raised the question of whether the free meals or 50% discounts routinely provided to police was a factor in their seeming bias towards the company on the pickets. The issue then became a media sensation this week with three stories (one, two) on succeeding days on TV3 that ended with the commissioner of police (three) ordering all staff to refuse discounts in the future or face disciplinary action. The TV3 reports featured footage of the police pushing picketers around in Auckland. The news of the end of the discounts in New Zealand has also gone international.
From any point of view both stories were a PR disaster for McDonald’s.
There were also actions in Dunedin,
There will be continuing actions over the next weeks and months. This is a big company with lots of resources. We need to be ready for a long campaign. Given the low wages and insecure hours we can’t expect the workers to do win their demands through economic action alone.
We will need public support. We want unions and other community groups to consider “adopting” a McDonald’s to picket in support of the workers demands. We have already had support (including on the picket line) from the Auckland University Student’s Association and the Maritime Union of NZ.
Each strike and picket will highlight an aspect of the workers demands. We will have more stories to tell about stolen wages and breaks, insecure hours, favoritism and bullying, exploitation of migrant workers.
Below are links to the media reports, Unite Blog stories and Youtube uploads by supporters. We want to create a complete record of this campaign. Please send us any reports in local newspapers.
Be part of a movement to support workers up against one of the world’s most powerful multinationals. Their courage demands your support.
RECORD OF THE CAMPAIGN SO FAR
April 2: Ronald wants to re-introduce youth wages http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/04/02/ronald-wants-to-re-introduce-youth-wages/
Ronald vs the Union http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/05/03/ronald-vs-the-union/
April 30: McDonald’s staff set to strike
April 30: Maccas staff set to strike http://nz.finance.yahoo.com/news/maccas-staff-set-strike-180313307.html
April 30: Joe Carolan on BFM http://www.95bfm.com/assets/sm/210924/3/joecmcds.mp3
May 1: Unhappy NZ McDonald’s employees plan to strike http://www.franchise.net.au/news/unhappy-nz-mcdonald-s-employees-plan-to-strike
May 1: Mike Treen Speaks At Picket Against Mc Donalds
May 1: McDonalds Picket – Unite Union http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=AE54nyYqP5c
May 1: Auckland Photos: http://freshfigure.com/art/auckland-mcdonalds-union-protest/
May 1: Youth rates will take work from other young workers http://unitenews.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/youth-rates-will-take-work-from-other-young-workers/
May 1: Sid Vyas, Unite union Speaks Out
May 1: McDonalds strike protest today. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=537662396280323
May 1: Joe Carolan’s Post Picket Speech – Picket Against McDonald’s
May 1: Interviews With Some Protestors On The McD’s Picket Line https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssr4h58mgC0
May 1: Britomart McDonalds Occupied on Mayday
May 1: Jase & Dave’s Song For Mcdonald’s Employees http://www.classichits.co.nz/auckland/player/ondemand/listen-again-mcdonalds-strike-song
May 5: Matt McCarten: Salt in wounds on workers’ day http://www.nzherald.co.nz/matt-mccarten/news/article.cfm?a_id=284&objectid=10881540
May 7: Video: Police protect McDonald’s on May Day in New Zealand http://unitenews.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/video-police-protect-mcdonalds-on-may-day-in-new-zealand/
May 8: Sid Viyas – “Working like a slave” at McDonald’s http://unitenews.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/working-like-a-slave-at-mcdonalds/
May 8: Students stand by workers at McDonald’s http://unitenews.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/students-stand-by-workers-at-mcdonalds/
May 9: Picket at McDonald’s Linwood http://unitenews.wordpress.com/2013/05/12/unite-picket-mcdonald-linwood-may-9/
May 9: McStrike Linwood photos https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151840912302345.1073741833.548682344&type=1
May 9: McDonald’s Linwood https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151840912302345.1073741833.548682344&type=1
May 10: McDonald’s, Unite at odds over assault claims at Linwood http://www.3news.co.nz/McDonalds-Unite-at-odds-over-assault-claims/tabid/421/articleID/297327/Default.aspx
May 10: Protesters stake out Auckland McDonald’s http://www.3news.co.nz/Protesters-stake-out-Auckland-McDonalds/tabid/309/articleID/297357/Default.aspx
May 10: McStrike protest report and photos http://socialistaotearoa.blogspot.co.nz/2013/05/mcstrike-protest-report-and-photos.html
May 10: McDonalds McStrike – Brittomart – Closing speeches – Auckland
May 10:Mike Treen challenges police at McStrike Auckland (plus delegate interviews & speeches) http://unitenews.wordpress.com/2013/05/12/mike-treen-challenges-police-at-mcstrike-auckland-may-10-2/
May 11: Union protesters assaulted by McDonald’s security staff http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/05/11/union-protesters-assaulted-by-mcdonalds-security-staff/
May 11: McStrike Dunedin
May 12: McStrike at McDonald’s North Dunedin http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QYF_h9H3sH4
May 13: Two rammed at Dunedin protest http://www.3news.co.nz/Two-rammed-at-Dunedin-protest/tabid/423/articleID/297553/Default.aspx
May 13: Dunedin – Picketers run over at ‘McStrike’ – organiser http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10883260
May 14: Dunedin: Protester had two options: go over or under car http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/256810/protester-had-two-options-go-over-or-under-car
May 14: Tauranga – Protestors outside McDonald’s
May 14:Tauranga – Protest outside McDonalds http://www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz/news/protest-outside-mcdonalds/1866753/
MAY 16: “Solidarity”, the cry of The Clendon McStrike http://unitenews.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/solidarity-the-cry-of-the-clendon-mcstrike/
MCD’S & GAY RIGHTS
May 1: McDonald’s worker told by boss to ‘act less gay’ http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/mcdonald%E2%80%99s-worker-told-boss-%E2%80%98act-less-gay%E2%80%99010513
May 1: McDonald’s worker told ‘don’t act gay’ VIDEO: http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/mcdonald-s-worker-told-don-t-act-gay-5424349
May 2: New Zealand: McDonald’s worker told ‘If you turn anyone else in the store gay, I will punish you’ http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/05/02/new-zealand-mcdonalds-worker-told-if-you-turn-anyone-else-in-the-store-gay-i-will-punish-you/
May 3: Gay McDonald’s worker receives international support http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/gay-mcdonald-s-worker-receives-international-support-5426513
May 5: McStrike: Interview with Unite delegate Sean Bailey http://socialistaotearoa.blogspot.co.nz/2013/05/mcstrike-interview-with-unite-deledate.html
May 10: Same-sex ‘kiss-in’ shows support for gay McDonald’s worker http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/same-sex-kiss-in-shows-support-gay-mcdonald-s-worker-5433981
May 10: Turn McDonalds Gay Day, tonight 8pm at Britomart http://unitenews.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/turn-mcdonalds-gay-day-tonight-8pm-at-britomart/
May 12: McDonalds vs Unite: Queer power, workers’ power http://fightback.org.nz/2013/05/11/mcdonalds-vs-unite-queer-power-union-power/
BFM Radio interview with SeanBailey http://www.95bfm.com/assets/sm/211052/3/SeanBailey-McDonalds.mp3
POLICE & MACCAS
May 1: Cops used as McDonald’s private security guards says Unite Union http://unitenews.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/cops-used-as-mcdonalds-private-security-guards-says-unite-union/
May 10: McD’s Picketers assaulted http://unitenews.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/mcds-picketers-assaulted/
May 10: Cops breaking McStrike picket
May 10: Mike Treen challenges police at McStrike Auckland (plus other video footage) http://unitenews.wordpress.com/2013/05/12/mike-treen-challenges-police-at-mcstrike-auckland-may-10-2/
May 13: Letter from Unite to Auckland Police http://unitenews.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/letter-from-unite-to-auckland-police/
May 14: Cop freebies at Maccas should end http://unitenews.wordpress.com/2013/05/14/cop-freebies-at-maccas-should-end/
May 14: Union complains about police conduct http://news.msn.co.nz/nationalnews/8658321/union-complains-about-police-conduct
May 14: Concern over police freebies longstanding http://unitenews.wordpress.com/2013/05/15/concern-over-police-freebies-longstanding/
May 15: TV3 – Police accused of protecting food perk http://www.3news.co.nz/Police-accused-of-protecting-food-perk/tabid/309/articleID/297933/Default.aspx
May 16: Workers Strike Over Lack Of Free Meals On Shift http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1305/S00223/workers-strike-over-lack-of-free-meals-on-shift.htm
May 16: McDonald’s workers protest police discount http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/mcdonald-s-workers-protest-police-discount-5439048
May 16: Police seek apology over fast food favours claim http://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/257136/police-seek-apology-over-fast-food-favours-claim
May 16: Some questions for the NZ Police – letter from Mike Treen to the Commissioner of Police http://unitenews.wordpress.com/2013/05/16/some-questions-for-the-nz-police/
May 16: TV 3 – Police regularly accepting discounts http://www.3news.co.nz/Police-regularly-accepting-discounts/tabid/309/articleID/298085/Default.aspx
May 17: TV3 – Police may be disciplined for discounted food http://www.3news.co.nz/Police-may-be-disciplined-for-discounted-food/tabid/1607/articleID/298194/Default.aspx
May 17: Unite to McDonald’s: It’s time to withdraw unlawful discounts to Police http://unitenews.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/mcdonalds-its-time-to-withdraw-unlawful-discounts-to-police/
May 18: Commissioner puts ends to ‘McCops’ discount http://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/257547/commissioner-puts-ends-mccops-discount
May 18: NZ ends long-standing McCop’s discount http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/nz-ends-long-standing-mccops-discount/story-fn3dxix6-1226645729610