Archive | August, 2014

Where to vote: advance voting places from Sept 3

29 Aug

Elections NZ have announced details of the advance voting places. You can check your electorate’s advance voting places here at, and below are posters with some of the advance voting spots which you can print off for work. In these posters – in most provincial areas, we have a poster for each electorate. In cities, we have combined a few electorates together.

Northland: Northland; Whangarei; Rodney
Auckland: North Auckland combined; East Auckland combined; Central Auckland combined; West Auckland combined; South Auckland combined.
Waikato & Bay of Plenty: Waikato & Coromandel; Hamilton combined; East Coast; Rotorua;Tauranga;
Central & Lower North Island: Taupo; Hawkes Bay; New Plymouth; Taranaki King Country; Whanganui; Rangitikei; Palmerston North; Otaki;
Wellington region: Wellington Region multi-electorate; Mana; Ohariu; Rimutaka; Hutt Valley; Rongotai; Wellington Central; Wairarapa;
Upper South Island:Nelson; Kaikoura
Canterbury & West Coast: Christchurch; Rangitata; Selwyn; Waimakariri; West Coast Tasman
Otago & Southland: Waitaki; Dunedin combined; Clutha Southland; Invercargill.

Thailand: Drop the charges against labour activist

29 Aug
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British migrant rights activist Andy Hall faces 7 years imprisonment and $10 million in damages from lawsuits brought by Thai pineapple company Natural Fruit.

Hall’s research for workers’ rights NGO Finnwatch found serious abuses at Natural Fruit’’s pineapple factory including child labour, illegally low wages, confiscation of identity documents and violence.

Rather than address issues, Natural Fruit tried to silence Andy with bogus lawsuits.

The first of several criminal trials begins on Tuesday 2 September.

Please support the online campaign demanding that the charges against Andy be dropped:


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After you’ve done that — and here’s the important bit — please try to get your friends, family and fellow union members to sign up as well.

Thanks very much.

Eric Lee

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Unite Union delegates – get out and vote

28 Aug

Vote for a Living Wage – what the parties say!

28 Aug
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Inequality is high on the agenda this election and the Living Wage is one way Government could get its house in order, set an example for the private sector, and reduce poverty for thousands of NZ families.

Three political parties fronted up to our election events and said YES to a Living Wage for all public service employees and contracted workers delivering services on a regular and on-going basis. The Labour Party, the Green Party, and the Internet/Mana Party. We also got a response from the Maori Party post the events to say they also supported a Living Wage. Vote to change NZ! Vote Living Wage!

The Living Wage is rejected by the National Party, ACT, NZ First, United Future, and Conservatives.

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Casework: 15-year-old working nights at McDonald’s

28 Aug


By Bonita Belworthy, Unite Organiser, Central Districts

It is always good when you get a quick resolution of an issue that has been brought to your attention by a member.

Every day we get calls and emails from members who have workplace issues they need help with.

One recent case was particularly pleasing to resolve.

A 15-year-old employed at a McDonald’s restaurant was being required to work the over night shift. This was a concern for me as as I have worked nights in the fast food industry and a 15-year-old should not have to deal with the type of verbal abuse we receive from the customers that frequent during those hours.

This member was not aware that working after 10:30pm he was entitled to a Transport allowance of $5.00 per shift and that being rostered on for 3-4 shifts a week he had to be issued with two pairs of trousers.

So first thing of course is to get hold of the Franchisee owner. In this case we are lucky because this one is good at resolving legitimate concerns. The Franchisee responded quickly, thanked me for raising the concerns and stated that the member would no longer be rostered on the overnight shifts with a guarantee that his total hours will not be impacted in any way.

The Franchisee was also a bit concerned when I mentioned that the member did not receive the travel allowance as it was an automated function of their payroll system. It turns out the member did get paid this allowance and I was assured the Restaurant Manager will go over the payslip and show the member where this allowance is located.

With the trousers, the member will be receiving them on his next rostered shift.

So we had a change of shifts with his hours protected and new uniforms provided. All benefits of being a Unite Union member.

Leaving you with the song by Justice Crew, Que Sera.

Are You Ready to Vote?

27 Aug

Kia ora Mike —

It’s just 8 days until voting starts on September 3! More people than ever are going to vote in this General Election.

We’ll be emailing you at least once a week until the election with things you can do to make sure as many people as possible get out and vote.

This week there are two quick things we’re asking you to do

  1. Visit this website and make sure that you are enrolled to vote. All you need to know is your name and address
  2. Forward this email on to 3 friends and ask them to check their enrolment details.

Remember if you aren’t enrolled there is still time. You can vote and enrol at the same time between 3 – 19 September. You CANNOT enrol and vote on 20 September (you must already be enrolled).

We’d love it if you joined us on facebook – we’re over 3,000 strong already

Let’s get ready to vote!

Helen Kelly, CTU President

Authorised by: Helen Kelly, NZCTU, Level 7, 178 Willis St, Wellington

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Get up, stand up!

27 Aug

A nonpartisan project aimed at inspiring those disengaged with politics to stand as one (Tūtahi) and vote.

The stakes have never been higher. By voting you can make our collective voices heard and keep our democracy strong.

New Zealand’s general election takes place on September 20 BUT anyone can vote at advance polling booths from September 3.

The voice of our younger generation is lost. 42% of 18-24 year olds didn’t vote in the last election. If this trend continues, then within a few years participation in our democracy will reach catastrophically low levels.

Let’s flip the script and get young people to turn out in record numbers.

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Get Up Stand Up / 2014
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