Unite cinema delegates like other workers were hoping for a change in government
By Mike Treen, Unite National Director
(Reprinted from The Daily Blog)
Anyone on the left would have been disappointed at the result of the election.
There was an opportunity to win, but that got lost through a combination of factors. There were tactical decisions made by Labour, the Greens and Internet-Mana that contributed to the defeat. Each party needs to have a discussion on what those were.
However, the defeat was the product of objective conditions in the first instance.
We had a unified right wing that knew the importance of strategic voting. National got two bonus MP’s in Epsom (Act Party) and Ohariu (United Future) and helped defeat Internet-Mana by urging a Labour vote in Te Tai Tokerau. John Key urged a vote for the Labour candidate to defeat Hone Harawira and so also stopped him bringing in at least one more left MP on the list.
National Unite Director Mike Treen lays out the choices for workers in Aotearoa as we prepare for the election on Saturday. Share hard! https://unitenews.wordpress.com/about/
Laila Harre from Internet Mana talks about how to use our votes strategically, to elect the strongest fighters possible for workers’ rights.
Labour is committed to good jobs, decent work conditions and fair wages driven by a high-performing economy. To get there, Labour is also committed to workers having a voice in their workplaces and industries through collective bargaining and their own, independent trade unions.
We believe that workers need a strong platform of basic standards, including, a decent minimum wage, the right to negotiate collectively, health and safety protections, a Living Wage, as well as adequate holidays, rest breaks, and redundancy provisions.
We believe that strong labour protections are the hallmark of a civilised society, which recognises that good employment standards are a right, and that those same standards underpin a high-performing economy. Labour believes that most employers also share a commitment to strong labour protections and can face unfair competitive pressure from those that don’t.
- Increase the minimum wage by $2 an hour in our first year, to $15 an hour in our first hundred days in government, and increased again to $16.25 an hour in early 2015,
- Set a target of returning the minimum wage to two-thirds of the average wage by the end of our second term, as economic conditions allow,
- Ensure that all core public service workers are paid at least the Living Wage, and extend this as fiscal conditions permit,
- Make the Crown a leader in good employment practices and ensure that government bodies only contract with businesses that are good employers,
- Hold a Commission of Inquiry into wages and collective bargaining, and implement its findings to ensure workers get a fair deal,
- Review health and safety laws and ensure Worksafe New Zealand is adequately resourced.
- Abolish Secondary Tax.Click here for our full Work and Wages policy
If you are working on election day
You are legally entitled to have time away from work to go and vote on election day.
Section 162 of the Electoral Act 1993 sets out the responsibilities of employers in respect of allowing any employees working on election day time off to vote.
Any employee who has not had a reasonable opportunity to vote on election day before starting work, must be allowed to leave her or his work for the purpose of voting no later than 3pm for the remainder of the day. An employer cannot make deductions from the employee’s remuneration for the time taken off.