Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, January 27th, 2016 - 76 comments
How many more lies will John Key tell today in his so-called State of the Nation address? Virtual chocolate fish to whomever guesses the closest number.
Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, January 18th, 2016 - 113 comments
Data released to the Sunday Star-Times shows a huge decline in numbers of tertiary students, including declines in many key skills and fields. Various explanations are offered, only one of them makes sense…
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, January 18th, 2016 - 60 comments
It’s a good thing that one of the major parties is thinking seriously about the future…
Written By: - Date published: 9:04 am, December 26th, 2015 - 46 comments
Incognito on the meaning of work and unemployment at a time of increasing change.
Written By: - Date published: 7:29 am, December 24th, 2015 - 189 comments
AFFCO clearly lacks any sense of a christmas spirit when dealing with its workers.
Written By: - Date published: 1:45 pm, December 12th, 2015 - 195 comments
It is that time of year when poor people realise just how poor they really are – the season for giving, the season to be jolly. Well that may be so for some of us, but some people will be working on Christmas day instead of spending time with loved ones. These will probably be […]
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, November 6th, 2015 - 73 comments
“Less debt more jobs” says National’s billboard. Instead we good the opposite. With extra helpings of icing on this Cake of Fail.
Written By: - Date published: 9:33 am, September 29th, 2015 - 14 comments
I’m going to get to reviewing Labour’s next 3 Future of Work papers, honest.
But in the meantime, I have something to share from Andrew McAfee.
Just a great Ted Talk on YouTube.
Written By: - Date published: 11:39 am, September 24th, 2015 - 53 comments
We have the documents leading up to the what can only be described as a dreadful piece of law legalising employment agreements which tie workers to an employer without any of the reciprocity of guaranteed hours of work. At a time like now – where work in this country is so badly paid, with so little protection – we get this.
Written By: - Date published: 11:06 am, August 31st, 2015 - 133 comments
FYI. The most populous town in Clutha District is Balclutha, which lies 81km south of Dunedin by road. Balclutha’s population, by the 2006 census, was 4,062 (down from 4,137 in 1996). Other towns are Milton (pop. 1,887), Kaitangata (pop. 810), Tapanui (pop. 744), Lawrence (pop. 432), Owaka (pop. 327), Stirling (pop. 309), Clinton (pop. 291), Kaka Point (pop. 201), and Benhar (pop. 96). For a while in the 1980s Balclutha was New Zealand’s most wealthy town, per capita
Written By: - Date published: 7:17 am, August 14th, 2015 - 12 comments
But wait there’s more . . . National Ltd™’s attitude to worker safety has, it seems, been successfully installed into the very government agency responsible for holding employers to account for worker deaths.
Written By: - Date published: 11:50 am, August 5th, 2015 - 93 comments
Unemployment has risen for two quarters in a row despite the optimistic Treasury forecasts.
Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, August 3rd, 2015 - 36 comments
Deborah McMillan’s husband and Skyla McMillan’s dad Shane was killed in a workplace accident five years ago. They are part of a campaign to strengthen the currently weakened health and safety legislation.
Written By: - Date published: 2:09 pm, August 2nd, 2015 - 127 comments
A UBI would allow ordinary people to shift their daily focus from doing paid jobs making money for others, to doing useful work of their own choice, under their own control.
Written By: - Date published: 7:17 am, August 1st, 2015 - 78 comments
A relevant and real “Future of Work Commission” needs to be centred on building creativity, increasing collectivity, dealing with climate change and achieving fossil fuel transition.
Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, July 12th, 2015 - 30 comments
Who would have suspected that Michael Woodhouse would be completely ineffectual in cracking down on zero-hour contracts?
Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, June 29th, 2015 - 43 comments
Remember how National’s youth rates were going to raise levels of youth employment? Turns out not so much.
Written By: - Date published: 10:18 am, June 9th, 2015 - 101 comments
Advocates of Kiwisaver and other funded “retirement savings” schemes perpetuate the fundamental misunderstanding that “conventional” in New Zealand’s case “neo-liberal” economists, speculators, finance companies, politicians and those with a lot of share holding wealth in non-productive enterprises like to perpetuate.
Written By: - Date published: 12:44 pm, May 20th, 2015 - 8 comments
Only a quarter of the world’s workers have permanent jobs. A worldwide trend away from secure jobs risked “perpetuating a vicious circle of weak global demand and slow job creation” that has dogged many countries since the 2008 crisis, the ILO reports. Decoupling of wages from productivity has led to a loss of aggregate demand the report estimates at $3.7trillion.
Written By: - Date published: 6:08 am, May 17th, 2015 - 64 comments
Back in March 1988 David Lange had a clear idea about what lay ahead for New Zealanders as the long-term consequences of Roger Douglas’ psychopathic worshipping of the metaphysical Invisible Hand gradually materialised.
Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, April 14th, 2015 - 88 comments
When the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety doesn’t know the first thing about his portfolio, there’s only one option left: he’s lying.
Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, March 24th, 2015 - 67 comments
Cotton On has become the first employer in the news for trying to take away its workers’ rest breaks.
Written By: - Date published: 10:36 am, March 21st, 2015 - 34 comments
Labour, in 1984, with Richard Prebble and Roger Douglas, promised that if we adopted their prescription we would have a “Brighter Future”. Ruth Richardson in the 90’s promised a “Brighter Future”. Again in 2014 John Key’s National promises a “Brighter Future”.
A “Brighter Future”. For whom?
Written By: - Date published: 9:24 am, March 20th, 2015 - 42 comments
One of National’s big claims in the Northland buy election was that they had created 7500 new jobs in Northland. Lies lies lies.
Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, March 5th, 2015 - 17 comments
For someone responsible for managing employment relations in New Zealand, Michael Woodhouse doesn’t seem to understand what “employment relations” means.