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CTU will not engage in Governments sham consultation process on Terrorist Bill

24 Nov

Media release

CTU will not engage in Governments sham consultation process on Terrorist Bill

Today the CTU has sent a letter to Prime Minister John Key articulating serious concerns about both the content and the rushed process the Government has clearly signalled it intends to follow to progress the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill into law and urging him to follow the proper process in considering this legislation.

“Rushing this legislation through is not appropriate or proper. We will not participate in a sham consultation process or take for ourselves the “luxury” of the chance to be heard at the select committee on the basis of some dubious selection criteria made by those to whom the Bill grants power while other legitimately interested citizens and groups are denied that opportunity,” CTU President, Helen Kelly said.

“There has been no evidence presented at all from the Prime Minister that such urgency is needed. Given the severe and unique nature of the powers being sought, quite the opposite is appropriate and a reasonable period of time should be made available for the public to have a say on this legislation,” Kelly said.

“The Bill provides authority for the SIS to trespass onto private property in order to conduct covert surveillance (such as installing video cameras and listening devices). These powers will compromise citizens’ right to avoid unreasonable search and seizure and to privacy. The Bill also extends the ability of the SIS to conduct warrantless surveillance for 48 hours in situations where it would be impracticable to get a warrant and it is believed that information may be lost. Warrantless surveillance as fundamentally irreconcilable with expectations of acceptable government behaviour in a free and open society. The only public accountability for the use of this power is that the SIS must note the number of times this power is used in their annual report,” Kelly said.

ENDS

View the letter here http://union.org.nz/news/2014/ctu-will-not-engage-governments-sham-consultation-process-terrorist-bill

For further comment, please contact:

Helen Kelly, President, CTU

021 776 741

Huia Welton | Communications & Campaigns Advisor | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions – Te Kauae Kaimahi

ph: +64 4 802 3817 | cell: +64 021 524 502 |

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Unions – we’re about Fairness

Mike Treen – “We can change this government.”

18 Sep

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 versus Kelvin at the First & Unite Unions Stopwork Meeting

17 Sep

Laila Harre from Internet Mana talks about how to use our votes strategically, to elect the strongest fighters possible for workers’ rights.

Beat the rain on Saturday!

17 Sep

Kia ora

So many people have already voted, over 350,000 in fact! Maybe you’re one of them?If you haven’t voted you still have time. The weather forecast for Saturday is rain and wind over most of the country. If you think the weather will impact on your ability to vote, or the ability of someone you know – then vote before Saturday!

Saturday is the last day to vote. The voting places close at 7pm on the dot! You can find a list of all the places here http://www.elections.org.nz/events/2014-general-election/information-voters-who-when-and-where

It’s really important that people know that on Saturday it’s not possible to enrol you can only vote.

Do you know anyone under between the ages of 18 – 30? Please ask them about when they’re planning to vote.

I’m looking forward to voting on Friday, Suffrage Day, with my son and other members of my family. Like you, I’m committed to having my say about who our next government is.

Let’s get out and vote!

Helen Kelly, CTU President
http://www.getoutandvote.org.nz/

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

Internet Mana policies

17 Sep

What do we stand for?

  • Right to work

    Internet MANA will tackle persistent high rates of unemployment by reinvesting back into society and filling the many gaps of past policy failures to take us into the future. We will set a national goal of 0% unemployment for under 25s and eliminate long-term unemployment across the whole labour market. Internet MANA will use the know-how and support innovation and self-start entrepreneurship from within our own communities to solve their own unemployment & social problems as well as invest $1.03 billion each year to fund approximately 100,000 temporary jobs where the labour market is not able to create jobs.

  • Living wage

    It’s not good enough to just have a job – the hours of work and pay per hour are equally important for a family to have a decent standard of living. Internet MANA would work to stabilise hours of work and increase the minimum wage from the $14.25 an hour at present to the living wage, currently $18.80. We would peg the minimum wage at two-thirds of the average wage to prevent it dropping dangerously in the future as it has done in recent decades.

Labour’s work and wages policy

17 Sep

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.

Labour will:

  • 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- How to vote.

16 Sep

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.

General Employees

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.

http://www.elections.org.nz/voting/when-you-cant-get-there-day

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