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CTU: Budget doesn’t do enough for growing social problems

16 May

“Today’s Budget fails to address the huge social problemsof a crisis in jobs, low wages, increasing poverty and inequality that New Zealandcurrently faces. These problems have grown over the last five years, and this Budget doesn’t do enough to help solve them.” says Bill Rosenberg, Council of Trade Unions Economist.

“The Budget should have been about more assistance for people who lose their jobs, productive community work programmes, and a strategy to help manufacturing and other higher value, higher wage industries grow.”

“There is nothing new in this Budget to address New Zealand’s high unemployment rate – higher than many other OECD countries doing worse economically – with unemployment forecast to still be at 6 percent next year, and significantly worse than the forecast in last year’s Budget which proved to be much too low.”

“A small package for tourism, science and technology and marketing for international students goes nowhere near what is required, especially at a time when more beneficiaries are being forced into jobs and the government’s taxation and expenditure policies are going to reduce growth in the economy by about 1 percent per year in the next four years. We continue to be very dependent on the Christchurch rebuild and commodity prices for the next few years.”

“The response to the problem of child poverty is hugely disappointing. Child poverty, as highlighted by the Children’s Commissioner and many others, is a reflection of the high inequalities in New Zealand and requires a strong positive response that includes addressing our low wage structure. A weak repackaging of other initiatives – home insulation targeted at low income families, programmes to reduce rheumatic fever, more for budget advisory services, investigation of low interest loans, and a trial of housing warrants of fitness for housing corporation houses – may be useful but barely scratch the surface of what needs to be done.”

“If the government is serious that things are now coming right, it should have used the opportunity to address these serious social issues. It has failed to do so.

 

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Union News to 10/10/12

10 Oct

WORKRIGHTS NZ

 

Demolition derby: National’s approach to solving unemployment by Sue Bradford http://pundit.co.nz/content/demolition-derby-nationals-approach-to-solving-unemployment

Teens hit back over proposed youth wage http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/7794054/Teens-hit-back-over-proposed-youth-wage

Youth wage seen as sending ‘a poor message’ http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/nbnat/1055361113-youth-wage-seen-as-sending–a-poor-message-

Call for same minimum wage for all workers http://tvnz.co.nz/breakfast-news/call-same-minimum-wage-all-workers-video-5124406

Dave Feickert: Dark day as coal mines shuttered http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10837523

Foot chopped off in accident at Port of Tauranga http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10839569

Indian workers keen to unite http://www.indianweekender.co.nz/Pages/ArticleDetails/7/3265/New-Zealand/Indian-workers-keen-to-unite

New Port union deal ‘inferior’ says MU http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/7775653/New-Port-union-deal-inferior-says-MU

Ports demo Teal Park Oct 5 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151250774682889.519811.596362888&type=1

Govt’s ‘starting out’ wage rubbished http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7787031/Govts-starting-out-wage-rubbished

Lower wages no solution https://unitenews.wordpress.com/2012/10/09/lower-wages-no-solution/

So-called ‘free market’ thrives on the enslavement of others http://www.odt.co.nz/opinion/opinion/227867/so-called-free-market-thrives-enslavement-others

Helen Kelly on the Health and Safety Taskforce

Union joins international campaign for decent work http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1210/S00086/union-joins-international-campaign-for-decent-work.htm

Govt needs to send clear message about migrant work abuse http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1210/S00121/govt-needs-to-send-clear-message-about-migrant-work-abuse.htm

Key’s Film Jobs Being Filled by Migrants http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1210/S00081/keys-film-jobs-being-filled-by-migrants.htm

Maritime Union laughs off rival in Auckland port dispute http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10838820

The Union Report with Syd Keepa & Laila Harre: Issue 1: How significant a step between Maoridom and the Union movement was the Tauranga hui last month? Issue 2: Solid Energy jobs on the line – what should Government do to protect them? Issue 3: How does publishing National Standards on line help parents make decisions? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XM1gX89KdIs&list=UU7Jit_xt-bd0g_Z8CIneUeg

NZ probe into child labour claims http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10838723

Korean fishing firm gags crew with ‘peace’ contract http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/7779794/Korean-fishing-firm-gags-crew-with-peace-contract

Tiwai workers want Govt intervention http://www.3news.co.nz/Tiwai-workers-want-Govt-intervention/tabid/421/articleID/271703/Default.aspx

Crew who fled fishing boat seek $917,000 http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/7754330/Crew-who-fled-fishing-boat-seek-917-000

POVERTY & WELFARE DEBATE

Bryce Edwards: Political round-up: The politicisation of poverty http://www.nzherald.co.nz/best-of-political-analysis/news/article.cfm?c_id=1502734&objectid=10839172

Solutions sought to poverty http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/7777248/Solutions-sought-to-poverty

Protester’s plea to minister http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10839487

Hunger striker fights for kids http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/northland/northern-news/7788321/Hunger-striker-fights-for-kids

Harawira praises hunger striker http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10837346

Sam Kuha facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sam-Kuha-Campaign/466039110107129

Over 57,000 benefits sanctioned http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/15079608/over-57-000-benefits-sanctioned/

Nation-wide protests oppose welfare reforms http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/nation-wide-protests-oppose-welfare-reforms-5116865

Matt McCarten: No need to starve yourself, just give poor some more http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10838827

Child Poverty Special report: Searching for a way out http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10838726

Six of the best ideas for change http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10838701

Jonathan Boston: Three myths about child poverty http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10839028

National Day of Action against Welfare Reforms – Mana Party http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1210/S00107/national-day-of-action-against-welfare-reforms-mana-party.htm

Battle against beneficiary bashing http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7759711/Battle-against-beneficiary-bashing

The latest issue of the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services’ newsletter Kete Kupu is now online. Kete Kupu includes information and commentary on a wide range of social service issues and provides updates and commentary on social service policy and practice. Some of the higlights of this September 2012 issue include: Help the Children’s Commissioner do well for our kids; Liability or Citizen? Welfare Reform; Income Inequality Reaches News Heights; Taking Action on Reducing Inequality; Poor Quality Housing is making our children & older people sick; Watch Out For Burnout; Quality of Care in Rest Homes http://www.nzccss.org.nz/uploads/publications/KeteKupu%2024%20%28web%29.pdf

Govt signals it will feed hungry kids http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10838730

Homeless problem demands attention http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/7779779/Homeless-problem-demands-attention

Business eye on poverty report http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10838658

1400 Kiwis try poverty for a week http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10837292

NZ ECONOMY

EPMU call urgent meeting to tackle job crisis http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10839181

Kim Hill interviews journalist Max Rashbrooke on his upcoming book about the increasing divide between rich and poor in New Zealand – listen to: Max Rashbrooke – social inequality and boarding houses. http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20121006-0940-max_rashbrooke_-_social_inequality_and_boarding_houses-048.mp3

Income survey shows stagnant incomes for most New Zealand families http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1210/S00052/income-survey-shows-stagnant-incomes-for-most-nz-families.htm

Jane Kelsey: Hollywood lays down its own law http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10839218

CTU: New ideas to manage the exchange rate welcomed http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1210/S00077/new-ideas-to-manage-the-exchange-rate-welcomed.htm

TPPWatch Action Bulletin #18 – 29 September 2012 http://www.nznotforsale.org/2012/10/01/tppwatch-action-bulletin-18-29-september-2012/

Aus banks making more money from Kiwis – Greens http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/7773762/Aus-banks-making-more-money-from-Kiwis-Greens

So-called ‘free market’ thrives on the enslavement of others http://www.odt.co.nz/opinion/opinion/227867/so-called-free-market-thrives-enslavement-others

The case for Financial Transaction Taxes in NZ: A FACT SHEET http://www.keepandshare.com/doc/3084113/the-case-for-financial-transaction-taxes-in-nz-pdf-august-18-2011-5-28-pm-454k?da=y

Union news 6/9/12

6 Sep

WORKRIGHTS IN NZ

Community, churches and unions unite around call to lift pay http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1208/S00462/community-churches-and-unions-unite-around-call-to-lift-pay.htm

CTU: Forestry Sectors “One Trick Pony” insufficient to end workplace toll http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1208/S00334/forestry-sectors-one-trick-pony-wont-end-workplace-toll.htm

Minimum wage increase: results may surprise http://www.odt.co.nz/opinion/opinion/222593/minimum-wage-increase-results-may-surprise

Forestry Sectors “One Trick Pony” insufficient to end workplace toll http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1208/S00334/forestry-sectors-one-trick-pony-wont-end-workplace-toll.htm

Auckland ports dispute far from over | Te Waha Nui Clipped from: http://www.tewahanui.info/twn/index.php/auckland-ports-dispute-far-from-over/

Code of practice needed for workplace bullying http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1208/S00372/code-of-practice-needed-for-workplace-bullying.htm

‘Someone could die’ – rail workers speak out http://www.3news.co.nz/Someone-could-die—rail-workers-speak-out/tabid/1607/articleID/266417/Default.aspx#ixzz24cnqpx13

CTU: Reduce inequality: lift wages http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1208/S00353/reduce-inequality-lift-wages.htm

CTU backs calls for a living wage http://union.org.nz/news/2012/ctu-backs-calls-living-wage

CHILD POVERTY DEBATE

The Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty http://www.occ.org.nz/publications/child_poverty

Addressing Child Poverty a Priority http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1209/S00057/addressing-child-poverty-a-priority.htm

Key rejects child allowance call http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7566913/Key-rejects-child-allowance-call

TOILING ON Cleaners Venu Lam Sam, 56, left, and Tatupu Lam Sam, 49, are struggling to make ends meet.

Why is it dopey to do something about child poverty? http://waitakerenews.blogspot.co.nz/2012/08/is-it-dopey-to-do-something-about-child.html

Tapu Misa: Hearts harden to child poverty http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10831228

John Armstrong: Child poverty report must not be ignored http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10830925

Experts: Restart universal child payment http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10830014

Free food call for low-decile schools http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10829909

Significant reduction in child poverty possible – expert group http://www.voxy.co.nz/national/significant-reduction-child-poverty-possible-expert-group/5/132984

Time for action: the child poverty figures are a disgrace http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1208/S00369/time-for-action-the-child-poverty-figures-are-a-disgrace.htm

Report recommends raising wage, parental leave http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10828736

Lessons from The Netherlands – Every Child Counts http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1208/S00326/lessons-from-the-netherlands-every-child-counts.htm

1000 Days to get it right for every child – The Netherlands Study http://img.scoop.co.nz/media/pdfs/1208/NetherlandsStudy.pdf

Bill English wrong about child payment discrimination by Holly Walker http://blog.greens.org.nz/?p=25087

CPAG: Poverty debate clouded by government misinformation http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1208/S00538/poverty-debate-clouded-by-government-misinformation.htm

Editorial: Feed the children http://www.listener.co.nz/commentary/editorial/editorial-feed-the-children/

NZ ECONOMY

Half of NZ’s super-rich dodge tax DANYA LEVY http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/business/7550031/Half-of-NZs-super-rich-dodge-tax

Banks back to pre-crisis profits while people still struggle http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1208/S00520/banks-back-to-pre-crisis-profits-while-people-still-struggle.htm

CTU: Greater effort needed to get young into skills training http://union.org.nz/news/2012/greater-effort-needed-get-young-skills-training

Shocking Unemployment Figures revealed! http://localbodies-bsprout.blogspot.co.nz/2012/08/shocking-unemployment-figures-revealed.html

INEQUALITY

NZ inequality at highest level http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10828941

Gap between rich and poor highest ever, report shows http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/gap-between-rich-and-poor-highest-ever-report-shows-5043296

Poor get poorer, inequality reigns – survey http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7536914/Poor-get-poorer-inequality-reigns-survey

Pay and income gaps continue to widen – where’s the opposition? http://rdln.wordpress.com/2012/08/24/3215/

Gordon Campbell on inequality, and God’s dislike for Republicans http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2012/08/24/gordon-campbell-on-inequality-and-gods-dislike-for-republicans/

Corin Dann: Warnings for Government in inequality report http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/corin-dann-warnings-government-in-inequality-report-5044016

VIDEO: Wage inequality increasing (4:28) http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/corin-dann-warnings-government-in-inequality-report-5044016/video

Excerpts from the MSD Household Incomes Report http://dimpost.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/excerpts-from-the-msd-household-incomes-report/

Household Incomes in New Zealand: Trends in Indicators of Inequality and Hardship 1982 to 2011 http://www.msd.govt.nz/about-msd-and-our-work/publications-resources/monitoring/household-incomes/index.html

Govt has caused ‘incredible shift of wealth’ – CTU http://www.3news.co.nz/Govt-has-caused-incredible-shift-of-wealth—CTU/tabid/423/articleID/266603/Default.aspx#ixzz24cXZRLJn

Everyday budgeting means income is greater than expenses http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1209/S00055/everyday-budgeting-means-income-is-greater-than-expenses.htm

The Union Report with Dr Alistair Shaw from NZUSA and PPTA’s Lynley Hunter & other union news (7/8/12)

7 Aug

The Union Report with Dr Alistair Shaw from NZUSA and PPTA’s Lynley Hunter. Issue 1: Why would parents send their children to school with unqualified teachers? Do the latest Charter School revelations suggest the Government is not listening to the sectors concerns? Issue 2: Are ACC tensions and uncontested private contracts at Mfat symptoms of a Public Service under stress? and Issue 3: Should Unions be exempt from Holly Walker’s Lobbying Disclosure Bill?

OTHER UNION NEWS

100 Years On: The Waihi Miners’ Strike: Waihi’s story is history in the present tense… http://werewolf.co.nz/2012/08/100-years-on-the-waihi-miners-strike/

Greens want public to have say on minimum wage http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/111748/greens-want-public-to-have-say-on-minimum-wage

Low Income Families Continue To Pay For Economic Recovery http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1207/S00378/low-income-families-continue-to-pay-for-economic-recovery.htm

Pay expectations gap no surprise http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1207/S00424/pay-expectations-gap-no-surprise.htm

New Zealand: International students exploited by kiwifruit industry http://www.freshplaza.com/news_detail.asp?id=98860

NZ’s worst mining accidents http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10820162

Growing pay gap between CEOs, staff http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/7366296/Growing-pay-gap-between-CEOs-staff

Income gap between the races gets wider http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10823115

Statement from Craig Tuck Trustee Slave Free Seas http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1208/S00075/statement-from-craig-tuck-trustee-slave-free-seas.htm

NCCSS Vulnerability Report http://www.nzccss.org.nz/uploads/publications/VR13%20final.pdf

NZ must address the systemic causes of child poverty http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1207/S00395/nz-must-address-the-systemic-causes-of-child-poverty.htm

‘One-third’ of Maori children in poverty http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/7347389/One-third-of-Maori-children-in-poverty

The Rich List at a Glance (Wealth order) http://www.nbr.co.nz/rich-list-2012/rich-list-glance-wealth-order

Maori children suffer health treatment inequalities: study http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/7416854/Maori-children-suffer-health-treatment-inequalities-study

Shivers: Minimum insulation standards a must http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10824727

Tapu Misa: Worshipping the wrong kind of god http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10824790

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