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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 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

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

Matt McCarten: One rule for the elite, another for the rest of us

26 Aug

By Matt McCarten

Herald on Sunday: 5:30 AM Sunday Aug 26, 2012

Paula Bennett. Photo / Natalie Slade
Paula Bennett. Photo / Natalie Slade

My day job is negotiating employment agreements for workers. One of the most important claims by employers is that any information the employee gleans about the employer, or clients, must be strictly confidential and any breach of that trust grounds for immediate dismissal.

Clients and staff are then able to be assured that any personal information they share with the employer will be held in confidence and not be misused.

But after a regular litany of cases – such as cops going into criminal databases to check on former spouses and their new partners, immigration officers running checks for friends, and social welfare staff passing on files to mates – I don’t believe the confidentiality of any citizen’s personal information in a government department can be said to be secure.

In the private sector it’s not much better. A mate spoke in confidence to his bank manager and his bank shared this information with his employer.

Much more serious are events that expose a disturbing culture by those at the top misusing private information on individuals to humiliate clients or employees.

It was no surprise that the ACC investigation report into information leaks found that ACC senior leadership took a cavalier approach to clients’ personal information.

When they realised they had sent thousands of clients’ files to an individual claimant they did virtually nothing. When the claimant raised it with them in a meeting they seemed more obsessed in covering things up.

When that failed they tried to divert attention by claiming the individual was a blackmailer.

Luckily for the individual recipient she had recorded the meeting so was able to refute their spin. The report recommendations are a whitewash, prattling on about how they will be more considerate in future.

Yeah, right.

Then there are the more sinister incidents. During the wharfies’ lockout early this year, a union worker commented about the Ports of Auckland treatment of its staff. His employment history was leaked to a partisan anti-union website to discredit him and frighten off any other workers who dared speak about their problems.

This week, we found that some teachers had written to Education Minister Hekia Parata disagreeing with a Government policy.

Parata then advised the principals and boards of trustees of the actions of their employees. Their unions say none of these teachers identified what school they taught at or raised anything about their particular school. How did Parata or her staff access these individual’s files to identify their employer?

But the prize for misusing people’s confidential personal information goes to Minister for Social Development Paula Bennett. When two beneficiaries criticised the change in training allowances for sole parents, Bennett dumped their department’s files into the public arena. It was crass and thuggish.

These women raised legitimate issues that affected thousands of sole parents whom this Government insists must get into training or a job.

They did not deserve to have their personal information vindictively spread. Called to account, Bennett revelled in the attention. Watching her smirking and smugly saying she wouldn’t rule out doing it again was less than classless.

So here’s the question: If Ministers of the Crown and senior executives publicly misuse personal information on an individual who annoys them, with the purposes of humiliating or punishing them, why aren’t they sacked?

The next time I represent an employee who has used private information they had access to in their work, I’ll use Bennett’s defence. I’ll say we will accept a warning although we won’t apologise and won’t rule out doing it again. Somehow, I don’t think this strategy will save the employee’s job.

That’s because there are rules for our elite and different rules for everybody else. Some other countries have this system. It’s called totalitarianism.

By Matt McCarten

The Union Report with James Ritchie from NZDWU & Commentator Chris Trotter & other union news (31/7/12)

31 Jul

Issue 1 – How does the global free market impact on domestic labour relations in the 21st Century? Issue 2 – Does the rise of lowest cost capitalism in China pose a danger to workers rights here? and Issue 3 – Will the global recession challenge the free market Consensus and do Unions have a role in re-shaping it?

OTHER UNION NEWS

Claim that F&P union staff in Thailand are ‘treated like lepers’ http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10821926

Worker wants port’s apology for leaking details of wife’s death http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10823398

Cecil Walker, seen on the picket during the port strike, says he feels betrayed when he goes in to work now.

Govt needs to move on pay equity after UN report http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1207/S00423/govt-needs-to-move-on-pay-equity-after-un-report.htm

UN Committee warns NZ Government against employment law changes http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1207/S00420/un-committee-warns-nz-government-on-employment-law-changes.htm

Department of Labour advice shows employment law changes unfair http://teu.ac.nz/2012/07/department-of-labour-advice-shows-employment-law-changes-unfair/

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

47 years of memories won’t save house http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=10821960

Anti-Welfare reform protest at National Party conference http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151126981964739.492075.693039738&type=3

The Union Report with Annie Newman & Laila Harre + other union news

24 Jul

Issue 1: Two huge current campaigns – asset sales and living wage depend entirely on building union/community alliances, how does the movement reach out and build these? Issue 2: Living wage movements are well-established in the UK and US. Should we be looking overseas at successful union/community campaigning models? and Issue 3: Inflation is down to 1%, but Consumer Price Index shows electricity, rentals and vegetables all costing more and hitting low wage NZers hardest. What are the solutions to NZ’s cost of living issues?

STATS OF THE WEEK

“National house price to disposable income rose from 2 in 1980 to around 3 in 2003, before doubling to around six in 2008. It is now 5.” Bernard Hickey, Herald on Sunday, 22/7/12

Of the 161 wealthiest people in NZ (with wealth over $50m), only 67 reported an incokme over $60,000 in 2008. then priority for tax avoidance at the IRD has been “tips in the hospitality industry and under the table payments to seasonal workers”. http://union.org.nz/sites/union.org.nz/files/CTU-Econ-Monthly-135-May-2012.pdf

OTHER UNION NEWS

Carers shouldn’t have to strike for $14 per hour – CTU http://www.voxy.co.nz/business/carers-shouldnt-have-strike-14-hour-ctu/5/129340

Productivity bonuses for workers at Ports of Auckland http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1207/S00186/productivity-bonuses-for-workers-at-ports-of-auckland.htm

Union calls for national port strategy http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/7260822/Union-calls-for-national-port-strategy

Gordon Campbell on KiwiRail’s outsourcing bungle with the Chinese http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2012/07/20/gordon-campbell-on-kiwirails-outsourcing-bungle-with-the-chinese/

CTU: Low price increases welcome, but good wage increases still needed http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1207/S00198/low-price-increases-welcome-but-wage-increases-still-needed.htm

ASSET SALES

Focus is on greedy Maori, rather than greedy, rich non-Maori http://www.radiolive.co.nz/Focus-is-on-greedy-Maori-rather-than-greedy-rich-non-Maori/tabid/466/articleID/29392/Default.aspx

The People of New Zealand Send Their Strongest Message to Date – Aotearoa is Not For Sale J14: An Outstanding Success. http://aotearoaisnotforsale.com/

National Day of Action a success http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1207/S00190/national-day-of-action-a-success.htm

THE ROGER AWARD

The Roger Award For The Worst Transnational Corporation operating in New Zealand has run annually since 1997. There are no prizes for guessing whom it is named after. It is organised by CAFCA and GATT Watchdog, both Christchurch-based groups. The judges have awarded prizes for runners up, continuity and collaborators. The Award has attracted considerable interest since its inception (even from the corporate media), and has had a succession of distinguished and completely voluntary judges. The events to announce the winners have become highly memorable in their own right. Winners of previous awards and judges’ reports can be seen below.

New Nominations are open for the 2012 Award. The nomination form with details of the criteria and how to make a nomination is available in Word or PDF format. Criteria are also below. Nominations close on 31 October 2012.

The judges for 2012 are: Christina Stringer, a Senior Lecturer in International Business at the University of Auckland; John Maynard , from Wellington, President of the Postal Workers Union of Aotearoa, spokesperson for People’s Power Ohariu and founding member of the Brass Razoo Solidarity Band; Paul Maunder, cultural worker, curator of Blackball Museum of Working Class History and a founding member of Unite!; Sam Mahon, an artist, author and activist from North Canterbury; and Wayne Hope, Associate Professor, Communications Studies, Auckland University of Technology. They will be given a shortlist of finalists. The winner(s) will be announced at a Wellington event in early 2013. For more information http://canterbury.cyberplace.co.nz/community/CAFCA/publications/Roger/index.html

26 FOR BABIES: EXTEND PAID PARENTAL LEAVE COALITION : JOIN THE COALITION

 

26 for Babies is a new coalition, set up to support Sue Moroney’s private members Bill that has been draw from the ballot which would extend Paid Parental Leave to 26 weeks over the course of three years. A coalition has been established comprising a wide range of child-focussed organisations including UNICEF, Plunket and Every Child Counts as well as community groups and unions. The 26 for Babies Coalition will be launched this Thursday 26 July at 10 am in Wellington.

The CTU has established policy on extending the current paid parental leave entitlement of 14 weeks paid leave.

If your union hasn’t joined the Coalition, (a good number already have) we would like to request that you formally join and notify Rebecca Matthews (rebecca.matthews) who is co-ordinating the campaign so all the organisations including unions can be listed in the media advisory and on the new web site: http://26forbabies.org/

There is a strong support for this Bill and with voting support from Labour, Greens, Maori Party, United Future, and Mana this Bill would have the required number of votes to pass it if National are stopped from using a financial veto to prevent the passage of the Bill.

Any further queries please contact the CTU contacts in this Coalition: Georgie McLeod or Eileen Brown, or Rebecca Matthews, 26 for Babies Coalition Coordinator.

The Union Report with Helen Kelly from CTU and Garry Parsloe from MUNZ + other union news

10 Jul

The Union Report with Helen Kelly from CTU and Garry Parsloe from MUNZ. Issue 1: Issue 1: When Public Private Partnerships go wrong – does Serco’s private prison failings this week suggest the state or the free market are better economic guardians ? Issue 2: Right wing blogs target Police staffing costs this week – are online attacks the new negotiating tactic of choice for employers? Issue 3: Nikki Kaye wants it moved and the Government wants it sold to fund Mayor Len Brown’s public transport agenda – what now for the Ports of Auckland as an Auckland asset? Coming up… we have spaces free at the moment on the 13th August. 16th July – Beven Hanlon from CANZ & Charles Chauvel; 23rd July – Annie Newman from the SFWU & Laila Harre; 30th July (filmed on the 27th) – Helen Kelly and James Ritchie from NZDWU; 6th August – Lynley Hunter from the PPTA and Alistair Shaw from NZUSA .

OTHER UNION NEWS

ACC cuts carer’s pay under minimum wage http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10817475

The thieves must be stopped. The majority of New Zealanders are opposed to asset sales. But we can’t leave it to petitions and the 2014 election to win this. http://socialistaotearoa.blogspot.co.nz/2012/06/thieves-must-be-stopped.html

Asset sale gravy train (no chips): Victor Billot, of Dunedin, has some advice for “mum and dad” investors. http://www.odt.co.nz/opinion/opinion/216230/asset-sale-gravy-train-no-chips

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