Workers news 3/1/13

3 Jan

CTU: MBIE and Forest Owners Collude to Deny Workers Info

Christchurch teachers vote for strike action, challenge law

Treasury documents show charter schools plan must be dumped

Matt McCarten: The MPs who could and should have done better

Fee rise a bitter pill to swallow for many

CTU: Public surgical centres should not be run by private contractors

Shocking disparities exist in child obesity – expert

Beneficiary ‘Impact’ Sees Shocking Need for Food Grants

Child abuse fueled by poverty and lack of support – paediatrician


Twenty years ago, the CEO of fast-food giant McDonald’s pocketed compensation that equaled about 230 times the pay of a full-time McDonald’s worker paid the federal minimum wage. The $8.75 million the McDonald’s CEO took home last year, notes a Bloomberg analysis, topped the take-home of a full-time McDonald’s minimum wage worker by 580 times.

Net worth of world’s richest rose by $241B in 2012: The richest people on the planet got richer in 2012, adding $241 billion to their collective net worth, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a daily ranking of the world’s 100 wealthiest individuals.

Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan Since 2001 = $1,409,195,692,685


“It is alarming to see hotbeds of tension and conflict caused by growing instances of inequality between rich and poor, by the prevalence of a selfish and individualistic mindset which also finds expression in an unregulated financial capitalism.” Pope Benedict XVI , annual New Year’s message, January 1, 201

“Economic inequality begets political inequality and vice versa. Then the very vision that makes America special — upward mobility and opportunity for all — is undermined. One person, one vote becomes one dollar, one vote. That is not democracy. That is political decay.” Joseph Stiglitz, The price of inequality, Christian Science Monitor, October 17, 2012

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