The Union Report with Annie Newman & Laila Harre + other union news

24 Jul

Issue 1: Two huge current campaigns – asset sales and living wage depend entirely on building union/community alliances, how does the movement reach out and build these? Issue 2: Living wage movements are well-established in the UK and US. Should we be looking overseas at successful union/community campaigning models? and Issue 3: Inflation is down to 1%, but Consumer Price Index shows electricity, rentals and vegetables all costing more and hitting low wage NZers hardest. What are the solutions to NZ’s cost of living issues?

STATS OF THE WEEK

“National house price to disposable income rose from 2 in 1980 to around 3 in 2003, before doubling to around six in 2008. It is now 5.” Bernard Hickey, Herald on Sunday, 22/7/12

Of the 161 wealthiest people in NZ (with wealth over $50m), only 67 reported an incokme over $60,000 in 2008. then priority for tax avoidance at the IRD has been “tips in the hospitality industry and under the table payments to seasonal workers”. http://union.org.nz/sites/union.org.nz/files/CTU-Econ-Monthly-135-May-2012.pdf

OTHER UNION NEWS

Carers shouldn’t have to strike for $14 per hour – CTU http://www.voxy.co.nz/business/carers-shouldnt-have-strike-14-hour-ctu/5/129340

Productivity bonuses for workers at Ports of Auckland http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1207/S00186/productivity-bonuses-for-workers-at-ports-of-auckland.htm

Union calls for national port strategy http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/7260822/Union-calls-for-national-port-strategy

Gordon Campbell on KiwiRail’s outsourcing bungle with the Chinese http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2012/07/20/gordon-campbell-on-kiwirails-outsourcing-bungle-with-the-chinese/

CTU: Low price increases welcome, but good wage increases still needed http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1207/S00198/low-price-increases-welcome-but-wage-increases-still-needed.htm

ASSET SALES

Focus is on greedy Maori, rather than greedy, rich non-Maori http://www.radiolive.co.nz/Focus-is-on-greedy-Maori-rather-than-greedy-rich-non-Maori/tabid/466/articleID/29392/Default.aspx

The People of New Zealand Send Their Strongest Message to Date – Aotearoa is Not For Sale J14: An Outstanding Success. http://aotearoaisnotforsale.com/

National Day of Action a success http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1207/S00190/national-day-of-action-a-success.htm

THE ROGER AWARD

The Roger Award For The Worst Transnational Corporation operating in New Zealand has run annually since 1997. There are no prizes for guessing whom it is named after. It is organised by CAFCA and GATT Watchdog, both Christchurch-based groups. The judges have awarded prizes for runners up, continuity and collaborators. The Award has attracted considerable interest since its inception (even from the corporate media), and has had a succession of distinguished and completely voluntary judges. The events to announce the winners have become highly memorable in their own right. Winners of previous awards and judges’ reports can be seen below.

New Nominations are open for the 2012 Award. The nomination form with details of the criteria and how to make a nomination is available in Word or PDF format. Criteria are also below. Nominations close on 31 October 2012.

The judges for 2012 are: Christina Stringer, a Senior Lecturer in International Business at the University of Auckland; John Maynard , from Wellington, President of the Postal Workers Union of Aotearoa, spokesperson for People’s Power Ohariu and founding member of the Brass Razoo Solidarity Band; Paul Maunder, cultural worker, curator of Blackball Museum of Working Class History and a founding member of Unite!; Sam Mahon, an artist, author and activist from North Canterbury; and Wayne Hope, Associate Professor, Communications Studies, Auckland University of Technology. They will be given a shortlist of finalists. The winner(s) will be announced at a Wellington event in early 2013. For more information http://canterbury.cyberplace.co.nz/community/CAFCA/publications/Roger/index.html

26 FOR BABIES: EXTEND PAID PARENTAL LEAVE COALITION : JOIN THE COALITION

 

26 for Babies is a new coalition, set up to support Sue Moroney’s private members Bill that has been draw from the ballot which would extend Paid Parental Leave to 26 weeks over the course of three years. A coalition has been established comprising a wide range of child-focussed organisations including UNICEF, Plunket and Every Child Counts as well as community groups and unions. The 26 for Babies Coalition will be launched this Thursday 26 July at 10 am in Wellington.

The CTU has established policy on extending the current paid parental leave entitlement of 14 weeks paid leave.

If your union hasn’t joined the Coalition, (a good number already have) we would like to request that you formally join and notify Rebecca Matthews (rebecca.matthews) who is co-ordinating the campaign so all the organisations including unions can be listed in the media advisory and on the new web site: http://26forbabies.org/

There is a strong support for this Bill and with voting support from Labour, Greens, Maori Party, United Future, and Mana this Bill would have the required number of votes to pass it if National are stopped from using a financial veto to prevent the passage of the Bill.

Any further queries please contact the CTU contacts in this Coalition: Georgie McLeod or Eileen Brown, or Rebecca Matthews, 26 for Babies Coalition Coordinator.

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