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Boat repair loan is just gambling with taxpayer money

By   /  November 15, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Economy, KB, KB, NGOs, Press Release, Taxpayers Union, Unions  /  Comments Off on Boat repair loan is just gambling with taxpayer money

Source: Taxpayers Union 15 NOVEMBER 2018 Hon Shane Jones’ decision to loan $4.8 million to a Whangarei boat repair company is simply gambling with taxpayer money, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “Oceania Marine is a private business, that ought to secure investment the same way its competitors do: from […]

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Manawatu-Whanganui PGF spending is just picking winners

By   /  November 15, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Economy, KB, KB, NGOs, Press Release, Taxpayers Union, Unions  /  Comments Off on Manawatu-Whanganui PGF spending is just picking winners

Source: Taxpayers Union 15 NOVEMBER 2018 The Government should be delivering tax cuts to all businesses, not spending $48 million picking winners says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union, responding to the Government’s announcement of Provincial Growth Fund spending in the region.  The Union’s Executive Director Jordan Williams says “Government should not be in the business of […]

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MEDIA RELEASE: New report on why sugar taxes don’t work to curb obesity.

By   /  November 15, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Economy, KB, KB, NGOs, Press Release, Taxpayers Union, Unions  /  Comments Off on MEDIA RELEASE: New report on why sugar taxes don’t work to curb obesity.

Source: Taxpayers UnionNew report on why sugar taxes don’t work to curb obesity 15 NOVEMBER 2018 A new report from the New Zealand Taxpayer’ Union examines why the taxing of sugar-sweetened beverages around the world has failed to curb obesityThe report – The Bitter Truth: Why don’t sugar taxes work? – responds to the central […]

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MEDIA RELEASE: EMARGOED: New report on why sugar taxes don’t work to curb obesity.

By   /  November 14, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Economy, KB, KB, NGOs, Press Release, Taxpayers Union, Unions  /  Comments Off on MEDIA RELEASE: EMARGOED: New report on why sugar taxes don’t work to curb obesity.

Source: Taxpayers UnionNew report on why sugar taxes don’t work to curb obesity EMBARGOED UNTIL 05:00AM THURSDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2018 A new report from the New Zealand Taxpayer’ Union examines why the taxing of sugar-sweetened beverages around the world has failed to curb obesityThe report – The Bitter Truth: Why don’t sugar taxes work? – […]

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East Coast nurses and HCAs to join 24 hour strike

By   /  November 14, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Health, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Nurses Organisation, Unions  /  Comments Off on East Coast nurses and HCAs to join 24 hour strike

Source: New Zealand Nurses Organisation NZNO media release, 14 November 2018 NZNO nurses and health care assistants (HCAs) will join colleagues in various professions, and from three other unions, in a 24 hour strike over a breakdown in their collective agreement negotiation with East Coast PHO Ngāti Porou Hauora (NPH). The strike will take place […]

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New Zealand Labour News: November 2018

By   /  November 14, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, AM-NC, DJF, Employment Issues, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, Unions, Unite Union New Zealand  /  Comments Off on New Zealand Labour News: November 2018

Source: Unite Union New Zealand New Zealand Labour Letter is published as a service to Labour by AIL of New Zealand Ltd. A round of rolling national strikes by principals and primary teachers will hit the nation starting on November 12, announced the New Zealand Education Institute. The decision follows the rejection of a second […]

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Eight long years later, working people killed in Pike River will not be forgotten

By   /  November 14, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Business, Council Of Trade Unions, DJF, Employment Issues, KB, Media Releases, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, Unions  /  Comments Off on Eight long years later, working people killed in Pike River will not be forgotten

Source: Council of Trade Unions – CTU The Council of Trade Unions President Richard Wagstaff today welcomed the long-awaited release of the Pike River re-entry plan as a victory for the Pike River community and families of the men killed working in the mine. “For eight years, while politicians excused, delayed and tried to walk […]

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Industrial action escalates at Auckland District Court and Manukau District Court

By   /  November 13, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on Industrial action escalates at Auckland District Court and Manukau District Court

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) Ongoing industrial action by PSA members at the Ministry of Justice has escalated again with Court Registry Officers at Auckland District Court and Manukau District Court now undertaking a ban on serving, checking and signing sentencing documents. With the support of members this action has commenced from 12 noon today […]

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Provincial Growth Fund needs more oversight

By   /  November 12, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Economy, KB, KB, NGOs, Press Release, Taxpayers Union, Unions  /  Comments Off on Provincial Growth Fund needs more oversight

Source: Taxpayers Union FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE12 NOVEMBER 2018 Shane Jones’ failure to declare dozens of meetings legitimises concerns of the Provincial Growth Fund model, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says “There is a perception that the Provincial Growth Fund is merely a political tool of New Zealand First. Holding […]

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Women in New Zealand effectively working for free for the rest of the year

By   /  November 11, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Business, Council Of Trade Unions, DJF, Employment Issues, KB, Media Releases, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, Unions  /  Comments Off on Women in New Zealand effectively working for free for the rest of the year

Source: Council of Trade Unions – CTU Council of Trade Unions Vice President Rachel Mackintosh says New Zealand’s gender pay imbalance can and must be fixed. “Employers discriminate against women from the first day of work to the last, all the way from minimum wage jobs to Chief Executives.That translates into missed opportunities not just […]

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Industrial update: Justice system at risk of creaking to a halt

By   /  November 9, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on Industrial update: Justice system at risk of creaking to a halt

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) With no date in place for a return to the bargaining table, PSA members at the Ministry of Justice have voted to continue work-to-rule alongside a new set of bans on work that could see Court operations creak to a virtual halt. “We are now into the second month of […]

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CTU comment on employment statistics

By   /  November 7, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Business, Council Of Trade Unions, DJF, Employment Issues, KB, Media Releases, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, Unions, wages  /  Comments Off on CTU comment on employment statistics

Source: Council of Trade Unions – CTU Today’s wage figures show that Governments can and do make a real difference to the wages of working people, and that the effort needs to continue, the CTU said today. The CTU also welcomed the strong employment figures. “All the parties in the Coalition Government have excellent policy […]

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Secondary teachers disappointed with half-hearted offer

By   /  November 7, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, Post Primary Teachers Association, PPTA, Unions  /  Comments Off on Secondary teachers disappointed with half-hearted offer

Source: Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA) Secondary teachers yesterday received a second offer from the government. It was discussed last evening with the executive of the PPTA, who, after a careful analysis, passed a recommendation that members reject the offer. PPTA president Jack Boyle says, “To be honest, it didn’t take us long to analyse […]

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Every day is Public Service Day

By   /  November 6, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Economy, KB, KB, NGOs, Press Release, Taxpayers Union, Unions  /  Comments Off on Every day is Public Service Day

Source: Taxpayers Union FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE6 NOVEMBER 2018 Public servants, who earn 34 percent more than their private sector colleagues, need a pay-freeze not a celebration day, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says “Public servants are paid too much. Since the early 1990s, the public-sector wage gap has grown […]

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Appointment of Debbie Power to top job at MSD welcomed

By   /  November 6, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on Appointment of Debbie Power to top job at MSD welcomed

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) The PSA has welcomed today’s news of the appointment of Debbie Power – currently statutory deputy State Services Commissioner and chief executive at the State Services Commission – to the role of chief executive of the Ministry of Social Development from February 2019. “Debbie Power’s career in the public service […]

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Brownlee-Mallard trip to the rugby is a classic taxpayer-funded junket

By   /  November 5, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Economy, KB, KB, NGOs, Press Release, Taxpayers Union, Unions  /  Comments Off on Brownlee-Mallard trip to the rugby is a classic taxpayer-funded junket

Source: Taxpayers Union FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE5 NOVEMBER 2018 Mallard and Brownlee’s boys trip to Tokyo to watch the All Blacks should not have been funded by taxpayers, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says “No one actually believes that this trip to Tokyo was part of a planned diplomatic strategy […]

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Government announcement on learning support a big win for teachers and students

By   /  November 5, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Education Institute, NZEI, Unions  /  Comments Off on Government announcement on learning support a big win for teachers and students

Source: New Zealand Education Institute (NZEI) 4 November 2018 The Prime Minister’s announcement this afternoon that the Government will fully fund 600 Learning Support Coordinator positions in 2020 is a big win for children and a big win for teachers and principals. Having a funded Learning Support Coordinator (also known as a Special Education Needs Coordinator or […]

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NZEI and Ministry head to Employment Relations Authority over teacher negotiations

By   /  November 5, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Education Institute, NZEI, Unions  /  Comments Off on NZEI and Ministry head to Employment Relations Authority over teacher negotiations

Source: New Zealand Education Institute (NZEI) 2 November 2018 Primary teachers’ union NZEI TE Riu Roa and the Ministry of Education are set to begin facilitation on Monday, 5 November at 10.30am, in an attempt to make progress on collective agreement negotiations for primary teachers and principals.  Facilitation will be conducted by the Chief of the Employment Relations Authority, James […]

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PSA welcomes‘core priority’ given to mental health for 2019 Budget

By   /  November 5, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on PSA welcomes‘core priority’ given to mental health for 2019 Budget

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) The commitment made at the Labour Party conference by Finance Minister Grant Robertson to making mental health one of five core priorities for next year’s Wellbeing Budget is welcome news says the PSA. “Grant Robertson’s message (on Saturday) that mental health will be given the priority and focus it deserves […]

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Industrial impasse at Ministry of Justice enters seventh week

By   /  November 2, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on Industrial impasse at Ministry of Justice enters seventh week

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) PSA union solidarity at the Ministry of Justice continues to grow as an unresolved dispute over fair pay and a fair across-the-board pay system enters its seventh week. In addition to ongoing work-to-rule actions, such as taking common breaks, the pace and variety of site-specific and occupational group strikes picked […]

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