Tag Archives: Unemployment

Unemployment up. Wages flat. What recovery?

7 Aug

The Council of Trade Unions says there is no joy for workers in the statistics out today on wages and employment.

Unemployment is up to 6.4 percent and wages are flat.

The Quarterly Employment Survey, Household Labour Force Survey and Labour Cost Index were released in a package today.

Peter Conway, CTU Secretary says “with 153,000 people unemployed, a total of 245,400 jobless and 63,900 workers wanting extra hours of work, it is very tough time to be looking for work”.

Peter Conway, CTU Secretary

He says this is 5 years on from the global financial crisis and is clear evidence that the Government simply has not made jobs a priority.

Māori unemployment is 12.8 percent and Pacific unemployment has increased to 16.3 percent. Unemployment for those aged 20-24 is at 11.1 percent and for those aged 25-29 it has increased to 8.3 percent. And the rise in employment over the last quarter is entirely from an increase in male employment.

Statistics NZ say that wage growth has continued to ease. Peter Conway said “wages are up only by 1.7 percent. And the median increase for those who got a wage increase in the last year was only 2.7 percent, the lowest increase since 2001. In the last year 45 percent of employees did not receive a pay increase. And the gender pay gap at 13.24 percent for the average ordinary time wage remains higher than it was a year ago.”

“We need a renewed focus on decent jobs for workers. It is no point saying that the economy is slowly picking up if the benefits are not flowing through to wages and jobs. Our wages remain 34 percent lower than in Australia yet the Government has introduced legislation that will reduce wages for Kiwi workers even more”.

Peter Conway said that unions stand for fairness at work and that means decent jobs, fair wages and investment in skills.

“Much more could be done to boost employment through government procurement, community employment schemes, and training to ensure that local people are supported to meet the skill requirements of available jobs.”

New Zealand Council of Trade Unions, NZCTU, Te Kauae Kaimahi

The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Te Kauae Kaimahi brings together over 350,000 New Zealand union members in 40 affiliated unions. We are the united voice for working people and their families in New Zealand.

CONTACT NEW ZEALAND COUNCIL OF TRADE UNIONS

Physical Address – Level 7, West Block, Education House, 178 Willis St, Wellington.

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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.

 

Helen Kelly: Jobs, not debt, should be priority

15 May

The Government should review its priorities. Continuing high unemployment, much greater than its own forecasts, could do far more damage than taking longer to pay down debt. The Government debt is very low compared with other OECD countries but unemployment at 11th lowest is an embarrassment given our economy is now growing faster than all but four of those countries.

Helen Kelly speaking to Port workers rally in Auckland

The 2011 Budget forecast we should have only 4.8 per cent unemployment by now and the 2012 Budget forecast 5.7 per cent, yet the figure is 6.2 per cent or 146,000 people unemployed and 251,400 jobless. In addition, 51,300 people left to live in Australia in the past year.

There will be little to celebrate if the Government reaches its surplus at the expense of working people and their families. It is risking a repeat of the 1990s: armies of consultants and contractors, and disasters like Cave Creek.

The Government should ensure that we set the economy on a course that provides good jobs for the future and addresses the much bigger debt problem – the overseas debt, mostly owed by banks and other businesses.

It should put more money into assisting people when they face unemployment, with more intensive support for finding jobs, retraining and more generous income replacement. It should expand tertiary education and industry training. The announcements it has made are simply not enough. It should increase programmes that give unemployed people jobs doing work needed in the community.

Rather than laying off public service staff, there is plenty of work that needs to be done in our health system, schools, conservation estate, protecting immigrants and other workers from exploitation, expanding state housing and much more.

It has announced some belated improvements to government procurement, but it could do much more to buy locally. It could actively support local industry, especially manufacturing, including by management of the exchange rate.

And last but certainly not least – the Government’s Workplace Health and Safety Taskforce produced a report that deserves unqualified support. The recommendations need at least $30 million more a year on an ongoing basis. We hope that the Budget will announce this increase and that we can work with the Government towards much safer and healthier workplaces.

Helen Kelly is president of the New Zealand Council of Trade Union

WORKERS NEWS (29/11/12)

29 Nov

Same Work Same Pay – no youth rates campaign http://sameworksamepay.org.nz/

Migrant chef paid boss $13k to keep job http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10850013

Protest over KiwiRail factory cuts http://www.3news.co.nz/Protest-over-KiwiRail-factory-cuts/tabid/309/articleID/278126/Default.aspx

Work Pressure and Long Hours Undermine Safety at Work http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1211/S00371/work-pressure-and-long-hours-undermine-safety-at-work.htm

Change to minimum wage settings http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7948779/Change-to-minimum-wage-settings

Talkback host cleared of inciting violence http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10848759

Union challenges non-payment of travel time for home workers http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1211/S00351/union-challenges-non-payment-of-travel-time-for-home-workers.htm

Winz centre wrong on redundancy http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10849881

LIVING WAGE: The Auckland City Council is consulting on its social development strategy called ‘Thriving Communities: Auckland Council’s role in supporting communities to flourish’. Read more here: http://www.livingwagenz.org.nz/files/5%20minutes%20to%20give%20feedback.pdf

Jobs to go at KiwiRail after partial sale http://www.3news.co.nz/Jobs-to-go-at-KiwiRail-after-partial-sale/tabid/423/articleID/276805/Default.aspx#ixzz2DCOuAJqC

Ferry workers plan to strike http://www.3news.co.nz/Ferry-workers-plan-to-strike/tabid/421/articleID/277034/Default.aspx

Industrial action at Statistics NZ http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1211/S00249/industrial-action-at-statistics-new-zealand.htm

Warner Bros control over Government revealed http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/warner-bros-control-over-government-revealed-5208859

CTU: Hillside jobs could have been saved http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1211/S00622/hillside-jobs-could-have-been-saved.htm

Bus drivers vote to ratify collective agreement http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1211/S00203/bus-drivers-vote-to-ratify-collective-agreement.htm

PSA: The government doesn’t value women in the public service http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1211/S00377/the-government-doesnt-value-women-in-the-public-service.htm

Sealord fined over $60,000 after man injured on vessel http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1211/S00114/sealord-fined-over-60000-after-man-injured-on-vessel.htm

Wage increases slowing http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1211/S00212/wage-increases-slowing.htm

Time for an inquiry into health and safety in the Forestry Industry http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1211/S00390/time-for-inquiry-into-health-and-safety-in-forestry-industry.htm

PIKE RIVER

Pike River directors’ comments ‘disgraceful’ – union http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10849043

What did you do wrong? Well, since you asked http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/blogs/first-reading/7929063/What-did-you-do-wrong-Well-since-you-asked

Opinion: Corporate, Government and departmental manslaughter http://www.3news.co.nz/Opinion-Corporate-Government-and-departmental-manslaughter/tabid/1135/articleID/275495/Default.aspx

CTU: We remember and honour the Pike River Miners http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1211/S00274/we-remember-and-honour-the-pike-river-miners.htm

How modern unionism failed the Pike River miners http://nzagainstthecurrent.blogspot.de/2012/11/how-modern-unionism-failed-pike-river.html

Labour shares Pike River guilt http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/columnists/chris-trotter/7924949/Labour-shares-Pike-River-guilt

NZ’s safety record slammed http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10845626

Pike River a show of profits before safety http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/columnists/rosemary-mcleod/7919209/Pike-River-a-show-of-profits-before-safety

BEHIND THE HOBBIT

Kiwi actors suffer after Hobbit dispute – union http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/7971185/Kiwi-actors-suffer-after-Hobbit-dispute-union

Hobbit land far from reality http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/columnists/chris-trotter/8001044/Hobbit-land-far-from-reality

Hobbit tax rebate swells to $67.1m http://tvnz.co.nz/business-news/hobbit-tax-rebate-swells-67-1m-5239369

Peter Jackson tries to re-edit history of The Hobbit http://tumeke.blogspot.co.nz/2012/11/peter-jackson-tries-to-re-edit-history.html

Lest We Forget: The Real Hobbit Story http://localbodies-bsprout.blogspot.co.nz/2012/11/lest-we-forget-real-hobbit-story.html

New US book: the New Zealand Hobbit Crisis http://wellington.scoop.co.nz/?p=50617

NZ ECONOMY

Gordon Campbell: Jobless figures make grim reading http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/local-papers/the-wellingtonian/opinion/7937249/Jobless-figures-make-grim-reading

Duncan Garner: Opinion: Is our economy collapsing? http://www.3news.co.nz/Opinion-Is-our-economy-collapsing/tabid/1135/articleID/276049/Default.aspx

Monthly Economic Review http://www.parliament.nz/NR/rdonlyres/3D1DF5FD-9590-4604-BD96-01658A6210FC/250675/Nov13.pdf

Thailand’s quest to join the TPPA will strengthen opposition http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1211/S00285/thailands-quest-to-join-the-tppa-will-strengthen-opposition.htm

TPPWatch Bulletin #22 19 November 2012 http://www.itsourfuture.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/TPPWatch-Bulletin-22.pdf

TPPWatch Bulletin #23 27 November 2012 http://www.nznotforsale.org/2012/11/26/tppwatch-bulletin-23-27-november-2012/

Unemployment benefits the wealthy http://ellipsister.blogspot.de/2012/11/unemployment-benefits-wealthy.html

NZ judged best country in world to do business http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/7957437/NZ-judged-best-country-in-world-to-do-business

NZ Being Caught In New Cold War – US/China Trade Deals http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1211/S00146/nz-being-caught-in-new-cold-war-uschina-trade-deals.htm

Thailand’s quest to join the TPPA will strengthen opposition http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1211/S00285/thailands-quest-to-join-the-tppa-will-strengthen-opposition.htm

Plight of jobless makes us all poorer By Bryan Gould http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10847420

175000 unemployed deserve support https://unitenews.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/175000-unemployed-deserve-support/

New Zealand Green Party Co-leader slams TPPA on national TV http://www.3news.co.nz/Greens-uneasy-with-Trans-Pacific-Partnership-Agreement/tabid/1607/articleID/278223/Default.aspx

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 to 28/9/12

28 Sep

Strike averted as NZ Bus and Unions reach agreement http://www.voxy.co.nz/national/strike-averted-nz-bus-and-unions-reach-agreement/5/135467

Disgraceful injury figures show health and safety policy needs to change http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1209/S00206/injury-figures-show-health-and-safety-policy-needs-to-change.htm

Shocking work death toll revealed in report http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/7686055/Shocking-work-death-toll-revealed-in-report

Injured workers would fill Eden Park four times over http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/injured-workers-would-fill-eden-park-four-times-over-5085775

Historic CTU/Iwi Relationship Hui – Hui Whakawhanaungatanga http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1209/S00213/historic-ctuiwi-relationship-hui.htm

Work trials ‘adding to skills shortages’ http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7666692/Work-trials-adding-to-skills-shortages

Bullying rife in public service – survey http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/7664815/Bullying-rife-in-public-service-survey

Public sector pay lags private firms http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/7664578/Public-sector-pay-lags-behind-private-firms

Port dispute unresolved a year on http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/7671598/Port-dispute-unresolved-a-year-on

ACIL confused about their role in Port of Auckland dispute http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1209/S00276/acil-confused-about-their-role-in-port-of-auckland-dispute.htm

Port secrecy fuels Labour law bid http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10834473

Ports of Auckland wharfie dispute hasn’t gone away http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/ports-auckland-wharfie-dispute-hasnt-gone-away-ca-128266

Auckland bus drivers vote against offer from NZ Bus http://www.firstunion.org.nz/content/auckland-bus-drivers-vote-against-offer-nz-bus-0

Organised student job scam probed http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10832529

The online submission to support extending paid parental leave is now live and circulating! Please spread amongst your networks, Facebook pages, twitter accounts and websites – Thanks! http://www.actionstation.org.nz/campaigns/26-for-babies/submission/more-time-for-babies

Union accuses Govt of a cop-out http://www.3news.co.nz/Union-accuses-Govt-of-a-cop-out/tabid/1607/articleID/269121/Default.aspx

Spring Creek: Hundreds of jobs to go http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10836211

EPMU: Miners to travel to Beehive to plead for jobs, communities http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1209/S00296/miners-to-travel-to-beehive-to-plead-for-jobs-communities.htm

Union Report: In this week’s episode: Issue 1 – 6% GDP with 6.8% unemployment rate, how does the economy provide the momentum to create growth and secure jobs? Issue 2 – Are safe staffing and healthy workplaces being ignored for cost cutting? Issue 3 – Does the real cost of private prisons make a mockery of the public private model?

ACC

Exit strategy: Has the ACC been on a determined campaign to “exit” long-term claimants? And does it use select doctors for its medical assessments with one principal aim – to reduce costs? http://www.tv3.co.nz/September-9th—Exit-Strategy/tabid/1343/articleID/79380/Default.aspx#ixzz26h1ElolC

ACC pays specialists $500,000 a year http://www.3news.co.nz/ACC-pays-specialists-500000-a-year/tabid/1607/articleID/269243/Default.aspx

ACC specialist stats revealed by Greens http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10833828

Editorial: ACC assessments need independence http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/opinion/7684231/Editorial-ACC-assessments-need-independence

Winz joins ACC in firing line for ‘hatchet doctors’ http://www.stuff.co.nz/sunday-star-times/latest-edition/7686104/Winz-joins-ACC-in-firing-line-for-hatchet-doctors

NZ ECONOMY

CTU: Jobless growth http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1209/S00261/jobless-growth.htm

Peter Conway: Inequality is now at its highest level http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/7688627/Inequality-is-now-at-its-highest-level

CTU secretary Peter Conway

Peter Lyons: My top ten economic contradictions and con jobs http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10833333

Critics Gearing up for TPP round in Auckland in December http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1209/S00246/critics-already-gearing-up-for-tpp-round-in-auckland.htm

Parliamentary Services Monthly Economic Review (September) http://www.parliament.nz/NR/rdonlyres/D6DA06E8-0368-46C0-805A-CF6A90016AEF/241896/Sep13.pdf

A ‘Dear John’ letter on trade http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/local-blogs/off-pat/7694565/A-Dear-John-letter-on-trade

Deborah Gleeson: US proposal on Pharmac a bitter pill http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10836007

CTU: Highest Ever Loss of Kiwis to Australia http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1209/S00276/highest-ever-loss-of-kiwis-to-australia.htm

POVERTY & WELFARE DEBATE

Thousands of Kiwi children living in poverty http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/thousands-kiwi-children-living-in-poverty-5099909

Blame game won’t prevent poverty http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/columnists/chris-trotter/7724070/Blame-game-won-t-prevent-poverty

Welfare protest – back to the cells by Sue Bradford http://www.pundit.co.nz/content/welfare-protest-back-to-the-cells

Gordon Campbell on Paula Bennett’s yawning credibility gap http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2012/09/24/gordon-campbell-on-paula-bennetts-yawning-credibility-gap/

Precious little sense on Planet Paula By Tapu Misa http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10834480

Latest reforms an atrocious attack on NZ’s most vulnerable http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1209/S00224/latest-reforms-an-atrocious-attack-on-nzs-most-vulnerable.htm

Gordon Campbell on Paula Bennett’s latest welfare plans and Labour’s exchange rate cynicism http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2012/09/12/gordon-campbell-on-paula-bennetts-latest-welfare-plans-and-labours-exchange-rate-cynicism/

Poverty group slams sanctions for beneficiaries http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/poverty-group-slams-sanctions-beneficiaries-5075347

Lunchbox differences in decile 1 and decile 10 schools http://www.3news.co.nz/Lunchbox-differences-in-decile-1-and-decile-10-schools/tabid/367/articleID/269617/Default.aspx

Take a step to end child poverty By Metiria Tūrei http://www.radiolive.co.nz/Take-a-step-to-end-child-poverty/tabid/721/articleID/30738/Default.aspx

‘One strike’ rule for beneficiaries http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10834762

Gareth Morgan: Benefit tightening won’t reduce unemployment http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10836003

Hunger strike goes on http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10835932

NZCCSS Policy Watch September 2012 http://christiansocialservices.blogspot.co.nz/

Welfare ‘reform’ – Paula Bennett’s 143-page second welfare changes bill is out – with a nasty added sting in the tail. http://thestandard.org.nz/welfare-reform/

Arrests at Auckland protest over benefit plans http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7696512/Arrests-at-Auckland-protest-over-benefit-plans

The Union Report for 24 September 2012 with NZNO’s Hilary Graham-Smith and CTU’s Dr Bill Rosenberg

25 Sep

In this week’s episode:

  • Issue 1 – 6% GDP with 6.8% unemployment rate, how does the economy provide the momentum to create growth and secure jobs?
  • Issue 2 – Are safe staffing and healthy workplaces being ignored for cost cutting?
  • Issue 3 – Does the real cost of private prisons make a mockery of the public private model?
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