Workers News 17/2/13

17 Feb

LIVING WAGE CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED

Battle for a living wage: A Kiwi bloke can survive on $19 an hour … yeah right http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10864565

Actor Grae Burton, depends on contract work rather than regular wages, especially since the Hobbit law defined actors as independent contractors. Photo  Greg Bowker

Redundancy leaves truckies stressed http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10864567

The pay you need to survive http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10864620

Editorial: Key to ‘living wage’ will be equating it with fairness http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10864756

Mayor pushes to give hundreds a pay increase http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/8289717/Mayor-pushes-to-give-hundreds-a-pay-increase

$2 an hour ‘common’ for migrants http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10864817

Students obliged to take jobs at well below minimum wage http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10864809

Chanon Jitkomut is a former university lecturer from Bangkok who has struggled to find work under the skilled immigration visa scheme. Photo Natalie Slade

Unions seek ‘living wage’ for thousands http://www.3news.co.nz/Unions-seek-living-wage-for-thousands/tabid/421/articleID/286322/Default.aspx

Key not keen on Living Wage http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8288718/Key-not-keen-on-Living-Wage

Guy Standing Guy Standing: basic income and the Precariat – Professor of Development Studies at the University of London, founder member and co-president of the Basic Income Earth Network, and author of The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class. He is visiting New Zealand as keynote speaker at the Precarious Work and Living Wage Symposium. (48′48″) http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/saturday/audio/2545950/guy-standing-basic-income-and-the-precariat.asx

Battle for a living wage: Campaigner says mindset shift needed to accompany monetary leap http://www.nzherald.co.nz/employment/news/article.cfm?c_id=11&objectid=10865279

Ghosts in corridors of power highlight disparities in pay http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10865001

Mareta Sinoti’s workload cleaning Parliament has doubled since she began three years ago but there’s no extra pay. Photo Mark Mitchell

Cities agree to look into higher pay http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10865266

Hard working poor families desperate for a living wage http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10865272

Green Party Supports Living Wage http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1302/S00174/green-party-supports-living-wage.htm

New Zealand Living Wage $18.40 an hour http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1302/S00119/new-zealand-living-wage-1840-an-hour.htm

Labour champions the Living Wage http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1302/S00172/labour-champions-the-living-wage.htm

PSA: Government Needs To Blaze The Trail On Living Wage http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1302/S00120/government-needs-to-blaze-the-trail-on-living-wage.htm

Industries quail at pay cost http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10865320

Worker sacked after two days awarded $6000 in compensation http://www.nzherald.co.nz/employment-relations/news/article.cfm?c_id=189&objectid=10865262

$18.40 an hour needed for living wage http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/8300471/18-40-an-hour-needed-for-living-wage

Auckland worker (and FIRST Union member) Fa’atau Manoa speaks to One News tonight about how a Living Wage would help his family makes end meet a little easier. http://tvnz.co.nz/business-news/report-identifies-nz-s-living-wage-5341150/video

More on Living Wage: http://www.livingw

WORKRIGHTS

Brian Rudman: Collapse painful for all but bosses http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?

KFC employee hospitalised after oil vat explosion http://www.3news.co.nz/KFC-employee-hospitalised-after-oil-vat-explosion/tabid/423/articleID/286355/Default.aspx

Union speaks out over KFC accident http://www.3news.co.nz/Union-speaks-out-over-KFC-accident/tabid/423/articleID/286422/Default.aspx

Worker who lost fingers ignored warning http://www.3news.co.nz/Worker-who-lost-fingers-ignored-warning/tabid/423/articleID/284963/Default.aspx

Waikato trucking firm fined for overworking http://www.3news.co.nz/Waikato-trucking-firm-fined-for-overworking/tabid/421/articleID/283166/Default.aspx

STATS OF THE WEEK

America’s top 0.1 percent of income earners have seen their take-home nearly quadruple over the last three decades, the Economic Policy Institute reports. After adjusting for inflation, average top 0.1 percent earnings rose from $569,521 in 1979 to $2,158,892 in 2011. These totals don’t include income from capital gains and other investments.

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“Excessive inequality is corrosive to growth; it is corrosive to society. I believe that the economics profession and the policy community have downplayed inequality for too long.” Christine Lagarde, International Monetary Fund managing director, Cut bankers’ pay or risk another crash, Independent, January 24, 2013

NZ ECONOMY

CTU: 163,000 People Unemployed http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1302/S00042/163000-people-unemployed.htm

Unemployment Figures Highlight Ongoing Crisis http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1302/S00047/unemployment-figures-highlight-ongoing-crisis.htm

Bernard Hickey: Reserve Bank sticks to the script as our economy teeters on brink http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10863081

New Zealand’s sad manufacturing problem http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/columnists/dave-armstrong/8257643/New-Zealands-sad-manufacturing-problem

Chris Ford: The economy becomes more unbalanced – free market silliness must end! http://www.voxy.co.nz/politics/chris-ford-economy-becomes-more-unbalanced-free-market-silliness-must-end/1273/146494

Carbon credit price meltdown http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/8252659/Carbon-credit-price-meltdown

Government must promise NZ won’t cave on Pharmac in TPPA http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1302/S00022/government-must-promise-nz-wont-cave-on-pharmac-in-tppa.htm

Greenpeace report on green development welcomed by CTU http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1302/S00072/greenpeace-report-on-green-development-welcomed-by-ctu.htm

Brian Gaynor: Mainzeal collapse needs investigation http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business-editors-picks/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501981&objectid=10864282

Questions raised over job statistics http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/8278888/Questions-raised-over-job-statistics

POVERTY & WELFARE DEBATE

Beneficiaries ‘attacked on all sides’ http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10863719

CPAG: Call for greater protection for children http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1302/S00068/call-for-greater-protection-for-children.htm

The politics of the child poverty measurement consultation http://www.cpag.org.uk/content/politics-child-poverty-measurement-consultation

Gordon Campbell on income inequality, and Tunisia http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2013/02/07/gordon-campbell-on-income-inequality-and-tunisia/

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