Workers News w/e 21/4/13

22 Apr

WORKRIGHTS NZ

Mondayising bill passes its final hurdle http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10878134

Maximum penalties not enough for Pike River Directors http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1304/S00228/maximum-penalties-not-enough-for-pike-river-directors.htm

Government urged to act sooner on Foreign Charter Vessels http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1304/S00123/government-urged-to-act-sooner-on-foreign-charter-vessels.htm

Key’s broken promise on raising wages By Frank Macskasy http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/04/12/keys-broken-promise-on-raising-wages/

Retail giants reject new youth wage http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10876152&ref=fbheadline

PSA kicks off centenary celebrations http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1304/S00192/psa-kicks-off-centenary-celebrations.htm

Equal Opportunities Commissioner needs to leave National’s policies behind http://union.org.nz/news/2013/equal-opportunities-commissioner-needs-leave-national%E2%80%99s-policies-behind

Businessman backs illegal wages for immigrants http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/8547481/Businessman-backs-illegal-wages-for-immigrants%20

True Blue Worker Hate by CTU President Helen Kelly https://unitenews.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/true-blue-worker-hate-by-ctu-president-helen-kelly/

NZ ECONOMY

CTU: Lower power prices good for families http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1304/S00222/lower-power-prices-good-for-families.htm

Cook Islands provider a ‘one-stop shop’ for the mega-rich http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/pacific-media-watch/video-cook-islands-provider-one-stop-shop-mega-rich-8256

Asset sales “a (wheelbarrow) load of bullshit” by John Maynard http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1304/S00153/asset-sales-a-wheelbarrow-load-of-bullshit.htm

Tax avoidance by well-off a rort http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/columnists/8541593/Tax-avoidance-by-well-off-a-rort

POVERTY & WELFARE DEBATE

The power of food By John Minto: Feeding kids at school will mean schools will call on parents and families to help as volunteers to prepare and deliver breakfast and lunches giving the chance to strengthen family/school ties and the all-important learning relationships which go with them. http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/04/14/the-power-of-food/

NZ children score poorly in UNICEF report http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10876626

Full report: http://media.nzherald.co.nz/webcontent/document/pdf/201315/UnicefChildWellbeingreport.pdf

Special report: State of our children http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10876782

Poverty group slams benefit cuts http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/poverty-group-slams-benefit-cuts-5406591

UNICEF Report = New Zealand has lost its way on child wellbeing http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1304/S00114/unicef-report-nz-has-lost-way-on-child-wellbeing.htm

Now beneficiaries will be drug tested, how about breathalyzing Mps? http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/04/11/now-beneficiaries-will-be-drug-tested-how-about-breathalyzing-mps/

Raise Benefits, Increase Equality. Stop Bashing us . No Heartless workfare. http://waitemataunite.blogspot.co.nz/2013/01/raise-benefits-increase-equality-stop.html

MANA President Annette Sykes – Fuel Our Futures – “MANA is working with communities to eradicate child poverty” says MANA President Annette Sykes following a “Feed the Kids” Symposium in Tokoroa this weekend. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1304/S00151/fuel-our-futures.htm

Child poverty under spotlight http://www.northernadvocate.co.nz/news/child-poverty-under-spotlight/1829617/

‘Hold ministers to account’ on child poverty http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8534993/Hold-ministers-to-account-on-child-poverty

STATS OF THE WEEK

Gun deaths in the U.S. in 2011: more than 11,000; in Japan that year, seven. From foreign terrorism in the U.S. that year: 0.

“What should shock and outrage us is that as the top 1 percent has grown extremely rich, the effective tax rates they pay have markedly decreased. ” Joseph Stiglitz, A Tax System Stacked Against the 99 Percent, New York Times, April 14, 2013

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