More speeches from antiwar protests in Auckland

27 Jul

Originally posted on GPJA's Blog:

July 26:

Billy Hania speaks followed by Kia Hania reciting a poem in solidarity at Gaza/Palestine Rally – Auckland, Aotearoa, New Zealand 26 Jul 2014

Billy Hania speaks outside US Consulate at at Gaza/Palestine Rally – Auckland, Aotearoa, New Zealand 26 Jul 2014

July 19:

Mike Treen speaks of Israeli Racism against Palestinians at Gaza/Palestine Rally – Auckland, Aotearoa

Young Palestinian girls speak at Gaza/Palestine Rally – Auckland, Aotearoa 19 Jul 2014

Robert Reid, First Union speaks at Gaza/Palestine Rally – Auckland, New Zealand 19 Jul 2014

Sue Berman a Jewish woman from Auckland speaks at Gaza/Palestine Rally – Auckland, Aotearoa 19 Jul 2014

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Unite & other speakers at Palestine solidarity rally

27 Jul

Joe Carolan-Unite Union speaks in solidarity at Gaza/Palestine Rally – Auckland,NZ 26 Jul 2014

 

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YES, WE ARE MARCHING AGAIN…

25 Jul

Yes, we are marching again – as the bloodshed in Gaza gets worse by the hour, our protests need to get bigger & louder…
Rally & march this Saturday 26 July, 2pm at Aotea Square, Queen St.

[Wellington people: Rally 12noon at Cuba St Mall.]

This carnage has to stop!

Massive protests are erupting all over the world – a new ‘super power’ is emerging on the world stage: ‘people’s power’ will prevail.

While our leaders remain silent, humanity demands that Israel’s massacre of Palestinians ends now.

Please bring at least 5 others along to the rally on Saturday. Make your own placard.

Free south Auckland bus departs the Mangere East Community Centre, 372 Massey Rd at 1pm. Ring 275-6161 to book a seat.

DONATE TO THE GAZA EMERGENCY MEDICAL AID APPEAL:

Over 3000 Palestinians have been injured during Israel’s current genocidal onslaught. Their illegal siege on Gaza has left the medical services without basic supplies.

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URGENT: Updated Trade Union Call: Stop the War on Gaza: No Arms for Apartheid Israel

25 Jul

To endorse the Labor for Palestine statement below (with 43 initial signers), please email your name, labor affiliation/organization (including local number, if any), union position (if any), and location to laborforpalestine.us

Due to the urgent situation, the deadline for additional signers is Friday, July 25, 2014, 9am EST.

Please also forward this message privately to others (but do not yet post publicly) who may be interested.

Thanks,

Michael Letwin
Labor for Palestine
New York City Labor Against the War

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Trade Unionist Call:
Stop the War on Gaza: No Arms for Apartheid Israel — Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions!
Labor for Palestine (U.S.), July XX, 2014
 
“For the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.”
“We call on the UN and governments across the world to take immediate steps to implement a comprehensive and legally binding military embargo on Israel, similar to that imposed on South Africa during apartheid.”
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As workers and trade unionists, we join with Palestinian trade unions, the South African Congress of Trade UnionsUnite (UK/Ireland), and labor organizations around the world to urgently condemn Israel’s barbaric war on Gaza, which has taken thousands of lives since 2006, including many hundreds in recent days.

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Part-Time Schedules, Full-Time Headaches

25 Jul

From The New York Times

A worker at an apparel store at Woodbury Common, an outlet mall north of New York City, said that even though some part-time employees clamored for more hours, the store had hired more part-timers and cut many workers’ hours to 10 a week from 20.

As soon as a nurse in Illinois arrived for her scheduled 3-to-11 p.m. shift one Christmas Day, hospital officials told her to go home because the patient “census” was low. They also ordered her to remain on call for the next four hours — all unpaid.

An employee at a specialty store in California said his 25-hour-a-week job with wildly fluctuating hours wasn’t enough to live on. But when he asked the store to schedule him between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. so he could find a second job, the store cut him to 12 hours a week.

These are among the experiences related by New York Times readers in more than 440 responses to an article published in Wednesday’s paper about a fledgling movement in which some states and cities are seeking to limit the harshest effects of increasingly unpredictable and on-call work schedules. Many readers voiced dismay with the volatility of Americans’ work schedules and the inability of many part-timers to cobble together enough hours to support their families.

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Courtney Moore took a second job at McDonald’s after her hours were cut at Walmart.CreditMaddie McGarvey for The New York Times

In a comment that was the most highly recommended by others — 307 of them — a reader going by “pedigrees” wrote that workers were often reviled for not working hard enough or not being educated enough. “How can they work more jobs or commit to a degree program if they don’t know what their work schedule will be next week, much less next month?” the reader wrote. “It’s long past time for some certainty for workers. They drive the economy.”

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Employers liquidating companies to avoid paying minimum entitlements

24 Jul

By Tali Williams, First Union Organiser

(Reprinted from The Daily Blog)

Across the union movement we have seen a number of documented cases now where companies are liquidating their business in order to avoid their legal obligations, in terms of paying the minimum entitlements to their workers.

The most recent example is the case of Momo Tea. Momo Tea workers raised a case related to unpaid wages and annual leave among other breaches to their minimum workers rights. The workers say they were bought into a meeting and told by their employer that because they had raised these breaches the company would be liquidated and they all had to clean up the restaurant and leave as they had lost their jobs. The following day, despite the liquidation, the restaurant carried on trading. The company had simply transferred workers from their other restaurants to cover the shifts.

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Message from CTU President Helen Kelly

23 Jul
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Dear Mike
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There’s only 43 days until September 3, when voting in the General Election starts. The last day to vote is September 20.Thanks heaps for signing up to support the Get Out and Vote campaign. It’s so important people turn out to vote this election. Every vote counts towards a healthier democracy and a better life for working New Zealanders.

Whether you have pledged to vote, or perhaps pledged to offer your help with the campaign, every one can help. We’re going to be in touch about things you can do during the voting period 3-20 September to help to get people out to vote.

Here are some important and easy things that you can do right now.

  1. Talk to your family, friends and workmates about their plan for voting. You can order free materials here to help you with this – including voter pledge cards. You can also sign people straight on to the Get Out and Vote campaign website. When you’ve got the voter pledge cards signed, send them back to us. Explain to people that we are collecting their information so we can get back in touch later on to work with them to make a plan for when and where they’ll vote. If they want to volunteer, that’s even better!
  2. Like the Get Out and Vote Facebook page, and invite others too: https://www.facebook.com/getoutandvoteNZ

Please double check that the information we have for you is correct. Having the right information for you will save our volunteers time when we really get busy, so please take a moment now to check by clicking on this link.

Let’s Get Out and Vote!

Warm regards
Helen Kelly
President
New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

http://www.getoutandvote.org.nz/

Authorised by: Helen Kelly, NZCTU, Level 7, 178 Willis St, Wellington

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