Workers News to 17/3/13

19 Mar

MINIMUM WAGE

Small rise in Minimum Wage doesn’t address needs of low paid http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1302/S00266/small-rise-in-minimum-wage-doesnt-address-needs-of-low-paid.htm

Bill to cut youth wages slammed by campaigners http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/bill-cut-youth-wages-slammed-campaigners-5353915

Unite Union’s SupersizeMyPay campaign in 2005-6 helped get rid of youth rates. National wants to bring them back

98% Of Submissions Against Youth Rates Ignored http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1302/S00257/98-of-submissions-against-youth-rates-ignored.htm

Government doing the minimum on minimum wage http://www.greens.org.nz/press-releases/government-doing-minimum-minimum-wage

WORKRIGHTS NZ

‘Every man for himself’ as ship sank http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8399987/Every-man-for-himself-as-ship-sank

Matt McCarten: Living wage a moral entitlement https://unitenews.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/matt-mccarten-living-wage-a-moral-entitlement/

New Zealand seems long way from fair day’s pay http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/8379891/New-Zealand-seems-long-way-from-fair-days-pay

The last piece of the Hobbit story http://thestandard.org.nz/the-last-piece-of-the-hobbit-story/

Solidarity needed: Stop increases to migrant seasonal workers health insurance http://fightback.org.nz/2013/02/16/solidarity-needed-stop-increases-to-migrant-seasonal-workers-health-insurance/

NZ Actors Equity welcomes latest document release http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1302/S00275/nz-actors-equity-welcomes-latest-document-release.htm

Hobbit sunshine welcome http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1302/S00272/hobbit-sunshine-welcome.htm

School staff tell MPs: No more Novopain http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1303/S00004/school-staff-tell-mps-no-more-novopain.htm

The Silence is Killing Them by CTU President Helen Kelly: The NZ Forestry Sector is completely unmonitored – It is one of our most dangerous industries and no one seems to know what is going on. From my perspective it appears within officialdom and the Forest Owners themselves, no one really cares. http://thestandard.org.nz/the-silence-is-killing-them/

Message to NZ Post must get through http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1303/S00141/message-to-nz-post-must-get-through.htm

Asset sales petition arrives at Parliament http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10870777

NZEI: Every child deserves the Best Start – campaign launch http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1303/S00007/every-child-deserves-the-best-start-campaign-launch.htm

UN urges New Zealand to reduce Racism in criminal justice http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1303/S00032/un-urges-new-zealand-to-reduce-racism-in-criminal-justice.htm

Racial Discrimination: UN Committee recommendations on NZ http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1303/S00028/racial-discrimination-un-committee-recommendations-on-nz.htm

Debbie Hager: Celebration? It’s a national day of shame http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10869824

NZ ECONOMY

Low pay, longer hours and less social mobility – welcome to 21st century NZ capitalism http://rdln.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/low-pay-longer-hours-and-less-social-mobility/

Greens: Manufactured exports plunge, jobs go as Nats fail to act http://www.greens.org.nz/press-releases/manufactured-exports-plunge-jobs-go-nats-fail-act

Matt McCarten: Poor foot bill for asset gluttons https://unitenews.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/matt-mccarten-poor-foot-bill-for-asset-gluttons/

Miners’ woes make asset sales harder http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/columnists/tracy-watkins/8342607/Miners-woes-make-asset-sales-harder

Pike River Mine entrance

Crony capitalism costs http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/8342861/Crony-capitalism-costs

How to get rid of smart and honest employers by Gareth Morgan and Susan Guthrie http://garethsworld.com/blog/economics/how-to-get-rid-of-smart-and-honest-employers/

Latest unemployment statistics directly contradict government claims http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1303/S00042/latest-unemployment-statistics-directly-contradict-claims.htm

Academic slams report PM used to claim $3.5 billion gains to NZ from TPPA http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1303/S00033/tppa-academic-slams-report-pm-used-to-claim-35bn-gains.htm

We Are Being Ripped Off | 500 Words Column: Alastair Thompson http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1303/S00003/we-are-being-ripped-off-500-words.htm

Doctors and Nurses warn Prime Minister over trade talks http://www.nzdoctor.co.nz/un-doctored/2013/march-2013/04/doctors-and-nurses-warn-prime-minister-over-trade-talks.aspx

Bryan Gould: Lack of competition our downfall http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10869629

Wayne Cartwright: Asset sale is ‘strategic blunder’ http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10869145

Editorial: Disregard for the rules is alarming http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/editorials/8329573/Editorial-Disregard-for-the-rules-is-alarming

Bernard Hickey: Wise warning from the past http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10870242

Two Fingered Salutes By Chris Trotter http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/03/08/two-fingered-salutes/

The might and power of those in control http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/8405361/The-might-and-power-of-those-in-control

Oram: A naked power grab http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/opinion-analysis/8400307/Oram-A-naked-power-grab

POVERTY & WELFARE DEBATE

Allan Freeth: The sad business of child poverty http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10869398

Future of NZ depends on the well being of every child http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1303/S00029/future-of-nz-depends-on-the-well-being-of-every-child.htm

Poverty Watch 21 http://thestandard.org.nz/poverty-watch-21/

Benefit fraud legislation ‘may increase domestic violence’ http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/benefit-fraud-legislation-may-increase-domestic-violence-5347186/video

Queue outside foodbank

STATS OF THE WEEK

Viral Video Shows the Extent of U.S. Wealth Inequality http://mashable.com/2013/03/02/wealth-inequality/

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“I am convinced Socialism is the only answer and I urge all comrades to take this struggle to a victorious conclusion. Only this will free us from the chains of bigotry and exploitation.” Malala Yousafzai, young victim of terror attack in Pakistan http://www.marxist.com/historic-32nd-congress-of-pakistani-imt-1.htm

“The important thing is not to stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein

“No problem can be solved by the same consciousness that created it. We need to see the world anew.” – Albert Einstein

Those who have the privilege to know, have the duty to act.” Albert Einstein

“Hated by the entrenched classes, Hugo Chavez will live forever in history. My friend, rest finally in a peace long earned.” – Oliver Stone

WORLD ECONOMIC CRISIS

Richard Wolff Discusses the Failure of Capitalism with Bill Moyers http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2013/02/richard-wolff-discusses-the-failure-of-capitalism-with-bill-moyers.html#fT8WvFKSYW3PzEbU.99

Income Inequality May Take Toll on Growth http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/17/business/economy/income-inequality-may-take-toll-on-growth.html

Don’t think class war from above is real? Check out productivity and wage growth since 1973 http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/03/07/1192309/-Don-t-think-class-war-from-above-is-real-Check-out-productivity-and-wage-growth-since-1973

LAND, LABOUR AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Hugo Chavez on climate change and capitalism http://climateandcapitalism.com/2013/03/06/hugo-chavez-on-climate-change-and-capitalism/

Too much power in too few hands: Food giants take over the industry http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/too-much-power-in-too-few-hands-food-giants-take-over-the-industry-8508259.html

Reduced Work Hours as a Means of Slowing Climate Change http://www.cepr.net/index.php/publications/reports/reduced-work-hours-as-a-means-of-slowing-climate-change

Pandora’s Lunchbox: Pulling Back the Curtain on How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal http://www.democracynow.org/2013/3/1/pandoras_lunchbox_pulling_back_the_curtain

CULTURAL DISSENT

Salt Sugar Fat: NY Times Reporter Michael Moss on How the Food Giants Hooked America on Junk Food http://www.democracynow.org/2013/3/1/salt_sugar_fat_ny_times_reporter

SPORT

Israel: Where Soccer Fans Boo Their Own Players When They Score http://www.thenation.com/blog/173288/israel-where-soccer-fans-boo-their-own-players-when-they-score

Why Major League Baseball Owners Will Cheer the Death of Hugo Chavez http://www.thenation.com/blog/173233/why-major-league-baseball-owners-will-cheer-death-hugo-chavez

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