My Mike Treen
National Director, Unite Union
(Reprinted from The Daily Blog)
The Mana movement’s support of the idea of a universal basic income is a welcome development. It could become one of the litmus issues that define the party and prove extremely popular.
If Mana are in a position to do so, they should demand that the concept be explored in a commission on tax and welfare to be established by the incoming Labour/Green government. The Green Party is also a supporter in principle for the idea.
The mechanics of a UBI are actually quite simple.
We would abolish WINZ and the giant bureaucracy it administers.
We would eliminate working for families and most welfare benefits.
By Mike Treen
National Director, Unite Union
Workers have been cheated out of their lieu day entitlements for working on a public holiday at several fast food companies.
By law, workers are meant to get one full day as a paid “alternative holiday” (also called a lieu day) if they work any period of time on a public holiday – if that day is usually a working day for them. So, if the public holiday is on a Monday and I usually work Mondays, I should get paid time and a half for all hours worked and get another full day’s paid leave.
Unite Union is looking to employ two part time organisers. Both organisers will have a primary responsibility for visiting, recruiting and representing workers in the fast food industry, cinemas, hotels and security.
Organisers need to have some experience as a union delegate, an advocate for workers and beneficiaries or organising experience in community movements. A knowledge of current industrial law would be an advantage.
Applicants need to be computer literate. A current drivers licence is essential.
The Auckland position is for 20 hours a week. The Wellington position is for 10 hours a week.
Both positions are for a fixed term until September 30 when there will be a reorganisation of roles at Unite Union.
Applications should be sent by email to Unite National Director Mike Treen (mike) by 5pm, Monday, March 31.
09 8452132 ext 20
Saturday 29 March
Gather at Queen Elizabeth Square 11am
March up Queen Street 11.30am
Rally in Aotea Square 12-1pm
Every child deserves a chance in life, but more than one in four Kiwi kids live in poverty. That inequality is the biggest hurdle to educational success.
The Government is putting millions into highly paid "new roles" for some principals and teachers, but ignoring child poverty. It has rejected a living wage for low paid support staff such as teacher aides, who directly support students with the greatest needs.
If you agree that tackling inequality must be the #1 priority in New Zealand, and that there must be a Living Wage for Learning for kids and education workers, come and join us to show your support!
Download the event flyer to print and display
Call 0800 NZEI HELP (0800 693443) for more information.
A routine site visit to Huntly McDonalds on Wednesday 12 March turned into more of a sauna visit with the temperature in store exceeding 30 degrees in all areas from foyer through to kitchen. Staff were clearly not happy and were relieved to see me onsite even wanting to walkout.
According to the workers, this has been an ongoing issue as their air conditioning system is prone to breaking down and sending temperatures in the store above 30 degrees. On this occasion, the office temperature reading was 31 degrees so you could imagine what the cooking area was like.
After notifying the Restaurant Manager that this clearly was a risk to the health and safety of workers onsite and that workers were well within their rights to walk out, the air-conditioning system was immmediately fixed and will be continually monitored to ensure it remains that way.
Staff were elated that their work place air-conditioning system has been fixed and an oasis of calm has returned to their work site. Customers have also relayed how pleased they are at how cool the restaurant is and that I should do site checks more often.
By Angelyse-Heitiare Armstrong, Unite Organiser for South Auckland/Waikato