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Lying Bridges caught out

Written By: - Date published: 8:51 am, June 25th, 2013 - 65 comments
Categories: capitalism, class war, workers' rights - Tags:

I expect to see Labour slam lying minister Simon Bridges in the House. His employment changes – a bad employers’ charter – are built on lies like this. Knock ‘em down.

bridges lying empu infographic

65 comments on “Lying Bridges caught out”

  1. One Anonymous Knucklehead 1

    So he’s either deceitful or incompetent. I’m picking deceitful. I wonder how much it costs to bribe him.

    • Tom Gould 1.1

      Has the MSM reported the lie as truth? They usually do if the source is a Tory.

      • North 1.1.1

        Or seeing the lie the MSM just ignores it. Lets it sit.

        This is the ShonKey “dance” the MSM deems acceptable.

        “Churlish or embarrassingly naive to linger…….move on.”

    • geoff 1.2

      That’s a bit unfair, OAK, isn’t it possible that Bridges is being deceitful AND incompetent?

  2. Lanthanide 2

    The funny thing is that I think this change would probably make people more likely to join the union, not less.

    Hmm, lets see, I can start out at $14/hr, or I can join the union and get paid $16/hr instead. Tough choice.

    • King Kong 2.1

      Very funny. Right now there is a collective “fuck” ringing out round the EPMU offices (that is supposing that any of them get in before 10am).

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 2.1.1

        Lanth is right. This will increase union membership for precisely the reason she says.

        • Lanthanide 2.1.1.1

          she?

          • One Anonymous Knucklehead 2.1.1.1.1

            My mistake.

            • Lanthanide 2.1.1.1.1.1

              Not offended, just confused whether it was a typo or not.

              I myself don’t know the gender of most people on here, there are a few that I do, but most I don’t. So I avoid using gendered pronouns.

      • Daveo 2.1.2

        Believe it or not, unions stand up for the interests of all workers, not just those who are members of the union. We all benefit from a high wage economy.

      • Rogue Trooper 2.1.3

        unlike some, union reps are not on the imperial payroll KK

    • Te Reo Putake 2.2

      “Hmm, lets see, I can start out at $14/hr, or I can join the union and get paid $16/hr instead. Tough choice.”

      Problem is, Lanth, that there is the small question of the 90 day ‘fire at will’ provision. If the new worker chooses the union option, they will almost certainly lose the job.

      • King Kong 2.2.1

        “If the new worker chooses the union option, they will almost certainly lose the job”

        The hysterical, world is ending, opposition to the 90 day probation period has been tried and we all know how that bit the Union’s credibility on the arse. Surely you are not going there again?

        • Te Reo Putake 2.2.1.1

          Sorry, KK, but I operate in a world of facts. No worker is going to rock the boat in the first 90 days, so joining the union is not really an option except at sites that are a) fully unionised and b) have company employment policies not based on what was acceptable in 19th century.

          • Lanthanide 2.2.1.1.1

            So you can join the union on day 91?

            • Te Reo Putake 2.2.1.1.1.1

              Yep. And I understand that sign ups to unions reflect that situation exactly. Prior to the fire at will law, new workers would often join in the first few days (usually after the site delegate approaches them and asks them to join) or at the end of the 30 day period when they have to choose between the collective agreement or signing an individual agreement. Now, the process is often delayed until the 90 days is over and the threat of unfair dismissal is removed.

              • Lefty

                Most unions are interpreting the 90 day law as below;

                Usually a union collective agreement will not make provision for a 90 day probationary period so any worker who joins the union immediately, or is covered for the first 30 days by the existing law, will not be subject to the 90 day fire at will law, ie new workers on union sites are easily able to avoid being covered by the 90 day law.

                It is workers on non union sites that get done over by the 90 day probationary period.

                Any worker who has signed a 90 day probationary agreement on a union site in order to get the job can then tell the boss to shove it up his arse because it is not worth the paper it is written on, unless the union has been weak enough to allow 90 day provisions into their collective agreement.

                • Te Reo Putake

                  “Any worker who has signed a 90 day probationary agreement on a union site in order to get the job can then tell the boss to shove it up his arse because it is not worth the paper it is written on, unless the union has been weak enough to allow 90 day provisions into their collective agreement.”

                  Hmmm, not technically correct, lefty. The 90 day period is part of the job offer first and foremost. If the worker accepts the job on that basis it still applies unless the CEA specifically says otherwise.

  3. tc 3

    This joker is classic shonkyclone material, smile, BS and just repeat ad nauseum the slogans. Like jamie less ross a well trained lying nat boy, it is how they climb the tory pole.

  4. Yes 4

    Agree with EMPU statement – ok I know alot of you will fall off your chair with me agreeing with a union.

    However – if a staff member refuses to join the union – then the “no passing on” thingy law or rule or whatever you calls it discriminates and reduces that staff members ability to a higher package.

    What a blow to personal freedom

    • Te Reo Putake 4.1

      As usual, you’re wrong, Yes. If the staff member is not in the union, then they negotiate their own wages and conditions. Often, this takes the form of a slightly higher hourly rate, but reduced benefits. Bridges’ proposal removes freedom of choice for the worker and allows the employer, if they want to, to enforce minimum wages and conditions on a new worker. You’ll recognise that the worker in that situation has virtually no bargaining power. It’s take it or leave it and for the first 90 days, the threat of instant dismissal hangs over the head of the worker. It’s not negotiation, it’s bullying.

      • Yes 4.1.1

        “slightly higher hourly rate but reduced benefits” example please?

        Does not belonging to a union and not paying weekly fees which reduces their hourly rate – take home pay a benefit?

        (“Yes” is never ever wrong)

        • Daveo 4.1.1.1

          Yes you are. You’re wrong all the time, like with your constant ridiculous claim that union membership is 6% rather than 20%.

          • Yes 4.1.1.1.1

            Daveo – only 6% of the working private sector belong to unions.
            11% in the working public sector

            Total 17%

            1.8M workers as per the Househhold survey numbers divide this by the number of union members DOL returns.

            pretty simple calculation

            Read my post correctly and even if I give you the benefit of the doubt and take your 20% – 80% is still an ABSOLUTE landslide thats 1,440,000 (thats 1.4M) dont give a dam about unions.

            Apology accepted and by the way – the biggest drop off in union membership started under labour.

            No need to apologies.

            • quartz 4.1.1.1.1.1

              only 6% of the working private sector belong to unions.
              11% in the working public sector

              Lol maths!

              Better hope we don’t get to 60% in the private sector and 80% in the public sector. That’d be 140% !

              • Yes

                quartz grow up- you need to get things in perspective as you are a keyboard businessman. All on all fonts (typo intended)

                rough numbers to amke it simple

                350,000 union members equal 17

                • quartz

                  How did you know I sell keyboards. B’dum Tssh! All I was pointing out my sensitive friend is that you clearly don’t need to have even a basic grasp of the principles of mathematics to be a successful businessman. Or to lie about being a successful businessman on a political blog.

                • framu

                  jesus wept

                  “6% of the working private sector belong to unions.” is not the same thing as “union membership is 6%”

                  lets say weve got some oranges – some are in a box some arent – what % of oranges are oranges?

                  you need to grow up a little, and step down from your holier than though stunt pony

                  • Yes

                    will if that is the case – why dont union declare that on their annual returns.

                    Hmmm let me think – i get fees from 1,000 members but…those three at the bus stop look like union people so I will file a return which reads 1,003

                    Hmmm didnt Peter Dunne have that same flawed logic?

                    • framu

                      what are you even going on about?

                      you said union membership is 6%

                      then you said union membership in the private sector was 6%

                      what does any of your failings at basic addition and counting have to do with union returns?

                      just answer the question – if 6 + 11 is 17 – how can the total be 6?

                      my mates 3 year old can spot the problem with that (sure she might not know the answer – but she at least knows its wrong)

                • McFlock

                  here.

                  Knock yourself out. But bear in mind that not everyone in the labour force is a worker. Some of them are strictly managers. Others are a mix.

              • Daveo

                No, DoL figures show 20% of the working population is a union member. That’s DoL’a own figures, not your bullshit calculations.

        • Te Reo Putake 4.1.1.2

          “Does not belonging to a union and not paying weekly fees”

          Wow, you’ve learned something! On Sunday you thought it was the boss who paid the union fees.

          Union fees are about 20c per hour. Strangely, hundreds of thousands of kiwi workers think that’s value for money. I’m sure your workers would too, if you weren’t so keen to stop them having freedom of choice. How’d did they like their pay rise, by the way? You did tell why they were getting it didn’t you? That it was because of the union? As it so often is for other workers who aren’t actually members.

          • Yes 4.1.1.2.1

            I said I pay the for the loss of production time so they can have union meetings – you said I was selfish because I would give them a couple hours of each month to have a talkfest with the union.

            You thought it was ok for staff to down tool and happy for a business to pay for the privilege.

            Why?

            • Te Reo Putake 4.1.1.2.1.1

              couple hours of each month

              4 hours a year, actually. And not always used to the max.

              • Yes

                yeah who pays – me

                you get money from fees – reduce their take home pay and I pay for 4 hours down time.

                who pays me – unions make money out of my workers…yep fantastic deal!

          • Yes 4.1.1.2.2

            No I didn’t give them a pay rise – seriously and hand on heart – I gave them a %age of a shareholding – with lawyers as we speak – what a guy!

            • Rogue Trooper 4.1.1.2.2.1

              Go hard!

            • the pigman 4.1.1.2.2.2

              I gave them a %age of a shareholding – with lawyers as we speak – what a guy!

              Not very far down the path of self-awareness are you, buddy? Give it time and, in the irrefutable words of John Pilger:

              Just read… read.

            • Murray Olsen 4.1.1.2.2.3

              How much are you paying the lawyers an hour to watch you contribute here? I post here on my own time. I don’t mix it with work, lawyers, cooking, or sex. Maybe I just can’t multi-task, but a lot of what you write just doesn’t ring true to my cynical old ears.

        • Rogue Trooper 4.1.1.3

          Yes, you are very often mistaken.

  5. Zeroque 5

    The 30 days rule which is currently in place ensures that for the first 30 days of an employees employment they get the terms that the union has negotiated in a collective agreement that covers the new employees type of work. This only happens in work places that have unions and that have a collective agreement that covers the type of work the new employee is employed to do.

    As has been said, they don’t become a union member but they do get the terms of the collective agreement. I doubt this arrangement helps the union recruit new members but it does ensure new workers are protected from having lesser terms and conditions imposed upon them when they are in the vulnerable position of wanting to accept a job.

    I’m not sure that scrapping the 30 day rule will improve union membership as suggested by some. Employers will probably continue to do what they do now when they want to woo people away from collective agreements and that is offer different terms in an individual employment agreement. As has been said this is often in the form of a higher hourly rate but typically there is a trade off in other areas such as perhaps lesser redundancy compensation entitlements or long service leave where it still exists.

    The problem is that combined, the proposed changes to the ERA will further weaken an Act that already isn’t delivering workers sufficient leverage to achieve a higher share of the proceeds from labour and capital.

  6. Yes 6

    Unions make more out of union workers and make no capital contribution ..great deal …invest take a risk and union bludge off my workers and tell everyone I am a baddy.

    A rort.

    Why don’t unions start their own businesses?

    • Daveo 6.1

      The union is your workers. The head office is just the hired help. Learn to understand that and you’ll understand a lot.

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 6.1.1

        A very basic simple concept,. he’s got no chance.

        Yes, maligning your fellow citizens the way you do doesn’t make you a “baddy”, it makes you an asshole.

    • Colonial Viper 6.2

      Why don’t unions start their own businesses?

      And this is actually a very good idea.

    • framu 6.3

      they dont bludge of your workers you dolt – its a voluntary, democratic institution

      and you know what – how your staff feel about the union and whether they join or not is none of your damn business – you dont own them.

      but i dont think you actually have any workers – i think your rantings are all BS

  7. Darien Fenton 7

    Used this today in debate around budget.

    http://inthehouse.co.nz/node/19484

  8. Yes 8

    Hi Darien – I watched the video – hmmm NZ Post.

    NZ Post job losses is nothing to do with the National Government – their post volumes are dropping.

    Why?

    Because people like the Labour Party are using new technology like – let me think – e-mails.

    So I suggest to reverse that the Labour Policy should be:

    Ban all social media and e-mail systems. This will halt the job losses at NZ Post. This will drive up postage volumes

  9. irascible 9

    On the Ross- Slater-Lusk-Bridges anti-union legislation proposals.
    http://theirasciblecurmudgeon.blogspot.co.nz/2013/06/history-repeats-itself-in-unreasoned.html

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    Labour | 16-04
  • Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools
    Schools will be appalled to learn Education Minister Hekia Parata knew since January that hundreds of exam booklets had been returned to the wrong students but said nothing about it, Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Exams are stressful enough...
    Labour | 15-04
  • What has ACC Minister been doing?
    The ACC Minister needs to front up and explain what, if any, changes she has made to the broken culture of ACC rather than denying that she has any part to play in the dysfunction of her Ministry, the Green...
    Greens | 15-04
  • Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake
    A claim by Minister of Finance Bill English that average wages will climb by $7,500 over the next four years is a cynical promise of jam tomorrow by a government whose record on wage growth is atrocious, Labour spokesperson on...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder
    ACC Minster Judith Collins must front up and tell New Zealand how many people who refused to hand over their private details to ACC have been denied cover, says Labour’s ACC Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “The legality of ACC’s privacy waver,...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand
    The Ruataniwha dam decision released today has protected the Tukituki River and dashed the Government’s hope of the “one nutrient model” (TRIM) being adopted nationwide, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “It is a massive victory for those in the...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Labour turns wheels for cycling safety
    With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton says. Due to speak to a cycling rally at...
    Labour | 15-04
  • SPEECH: Institute of Directors
    LEADING AND MANAGING OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE David Cunliffe MP, Labour Leader Speech to the Institute of Directors 15 April 2014, Auckland It's a privilege to be speaking here. The Institute of Directors has a proud history of developing New Zealand's...
    Labour | 15-04
  • More Oravida endorsements from John Key
    The use of a picture of John Key in an advertisement for Oravida’s scampi products in a Chinese airline magazine is further evidence of an unhealthily cosy relationship between the National Party and this company, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 15-04
  • Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support
    Workers faced with redundancy at Canterbury Yarns need a redundancy support co-ordinator, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Last week, Canterbury Yarns was placed in receivership. Canterbury Yarns joins a long list of New Zealand manufacturers who have...
    Greens | 14-04
  • Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers
    The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “There’s nothing Kiwis like more than getting on the road and going on holiday. But on...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Ae Marika! 15 April 2014
    Our MANA AGM down in Rotorua on the weekend was a sold-out affair – even the media were struggling to get in! Political conferences can be very dull, but not this one. We had a great line-up of speakers including...
    Mana | 14-04
  • Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme
    Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today committed to a national bowel screening programme, starting with extending the current service to the Southern and Waikato districts. “Around 3000 New Zealanders develop bowel cancer each year and about 1200, or 100 a month,...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Adequate resourcing needed for victims’ advocate
    The establishment of a victims’ commissioner role will only be meaningful if it is properly resourced to do the job of advocating for victims’ interests, Labour Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. Justice Minister Judith Collins has just recently indicated her...
    Labour | 13-04
  • IPCC report shows Government ignoring climate experts
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) report into climate mitigation, just released in Berlin, shows the National Government is ignoring the pleas of the world's best climate scientists.The report says deep and fast emission cuts are vital from all...
    Greens | 13-04
  • Japan’s quick turnaround on whaling disappointing
    News that Japan plans to recommence some form of “scientific” whaling programme so quickly after the International Court of Justice’s ruling against it is very disappointing, says David Shearer, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson. “New Zealanders expected the ICJ ruling -...
    Labour | 13-04
  • Reviewable tenancies will increase risks for vulnerable children
    Instead of kicking families out of their homes if they can pay their rent, parents with young children should have the opportunity to purchase equity in a state-built home over time, the Green Party said todayFrom July, Housing New Zealand...
    Greens | 13-04
  • 48,000 New Zealanders drinking faecally contaminated water
    Some 48,000 people were provided with water that had issues with faecal contamination, 18,000 of whom were from Canterbury, the Green Party said today. The Ministry of Health's Annual Report on Drinking-Water in New Zealand for 2012/13 shows that 48,000...
    Greens | 12-04
  • Labour will move to save the Kauri
    Labour will spend $20 million over the next 10 years to stop the spread of Kauri dieback disease, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “We are facing an ecological disaster with over 11 per cent of the Kauri trees in the...
    Labour | 12-04
  • SPEECH: Saving our Kauri
    Seech notes Good morning. Thank you for joining us here today. As a West Auckland MP I am very aware the kauri is an important part of this place. The Waitakere Ranges with their thousands of kauri, are a taonga....
    Labour | 12-04
  • MANA to continue negotiations with the Internet Party
    The MANA AGM has decided unanimously tonight to continue negotiaitions with the Internet Party. Within a month further negotiations, further consultation with MANA branches and a final decision on whether to proceed with a relationship is expected....
    Mana | 12-04
  • National’s tax dodge
      National’s insistence that it is cracking down on tax dodgers is little more than a bit of election year chest beating, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Revenue Minister Todd McClay surely doesn’t believe collecting $100 million of an estimated...
    Labour | 12-04
  • Housing prices go up – Gens X & Y give up
    Today’s REINZ report shows house prices continue skyward while first home buyers are dropping out of the market, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “According to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand the national median house price has risen...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Do Key and Adams support Chorus appeal?
    John Key and Amy Adams must tell New Zealanders whether they support Chorus’ appeal of the High Court’s ruling in favour of the Commerce Commission, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Chorus’ appeal is a waste of time. The company is...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Is Judith Collins unapologising
    Judith Collins appears to have retracted her apology for failing to disclose her meeting with her husband’s fellow company directors and a senior Chinese border control official just weeks after being ticked off by John Key for not doing so, Labour...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Media Advisory
    There have been a few minor changes to the MANA AGM agenda. Moana Jackson is unable to attend due to family commitments. Speaking in his place on Saturday morning MANA is pleased to welcome Georgina Beyer and Willie Jackson. MANA...
    Mana | 10-04
  • Green Party requests inquiry into Peter Dunne and Trust
    Green Party MP Denise Roche today wrote to the Parliamentary Registrar of Pecuniary Interests requesting an inquiry into whether Peter Dunne should have included his involvement as chair of the Northern Wellington Festival Trust on the Register of Pecuniary Interests...
    Greens | 10-04
  • Veterans short-changed
    The Veterans’ Support Bill reported back to Parliament today rejects a key recommendation of the Law Commission Review on which it is based and ignores the submissions of veterans and the RNZRSA, says Labour’s Veterans’ Affairs Spokesperson, Phil Goff. “A...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Tribute for Maungaharuru- Tangitu settlement
    Labour Member of Parliament for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, Meka Whaitiri paid tribute to Maungaharuru-Tangitu today as their Treaty of Waitangi settlement became law. “The Bill acknowledges Treaty breaches that left Maungaharuru-Tangitu virtually landless. Today we were reminded of the history, mamae, loss...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Neglected rural and regional roads will cost more lives
    The government must take urgent action to prevent more accidents to truck drivers and other road users of increased logging trucks on neglected roads, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s Transport spokesperson. “The dangers to drivers and other road users in the...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Judith Collins’ refusal to answer a disgrace
    If John Key is holding his Ministers to any standards at all, he must make Judith Collins answer questions about the senior Chinese official she met during her taxpayer-funded visit to China last October, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Judith...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Ryall needs to heed hospital workforce issues
    The public health workforce, the same one Tony Ryall argues is making a lot of progress is facing increased pressure and staff burnout through his continued shuffling of the deckchairs, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Mr Ryall uses all...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Key ducks but can’t avoid High Court slap
    The High Court’s slap in the face to John Key and his Government over Chorus has left it with no option but to accept the Commerce Commission’s lawful process in deciding the price of copper, says Labour’s associate ICT spokesperson...
    Labour | 09-04
  • First home buyers shut out as LVRs bite
    The bad news continues for young Kiwis as the latest Core Logic report shows the proportion of first home buyers has declined since LVR lending restrictions came into force, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. Twenty two centres across the...
    Labour | 09-04
  • MANA – and, or, or not – DOTCOM
    Both MANA and the Internet Party share goals in common with other parties, like getting rid of National and reining in the GCSB. There are also differences, as there are with other parties as well. MANA accepted a request to...
    Mana | 09-04
  • Wise heads want wise response
    Labour accepts the challenge laid down by the Wise Response group to protect and future-proof New Zealand’s environment and economy. A petition calling for urgent action was presented to Labour’s Environment and Climate Change spokesperson Moana Mackey at Parliament this...
    Labour | 09-04
  • Greens support high profile Kiwis’ call for climate action
    The Green Party fully supports a group of high profile Kiwi business people, lawyers, academics and commentators delivering a petition to parliament today calling for the Government to take the threat of climate change more seriously.Wiseresponse, a group of over...
    Greens | 09-04
  • Mayor’s jobs initiative shows up inactive Govt
    Auckland Mayor Len Brown and the Auckland Council are to be congratulated for providing opportunities for young people to get into work, but it stands in stark contrast to the National Government overseeing spiralling youth unemployment, Labour’s Employment, Skills and...
    Labour | 08-04
  • National discovers public servants needed after all
    New figures released today show National has done an embarrassing U-turn after discovering it actually does need the public service, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says. “Wellington now has the most public servants it has had since 2000. Figures...
    Labour | 08-04
  • School closures about saving Hekia, not kids
    The National Government's decision to merge Phillipstown and Woolston schools is another disaster for Christchurch and proves this Government is more interested in saving face than in what is best for children, the Green Party said today."Hekia Parata's stubborn refusal...
    Greens | 08-04
  • Cosgrove writes to invite Countdown to Committee
    Labour’s Commerce spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove has today written to the Chief Executive of Progressive Enterprises Dave Chambers, asking him if he would accept an invitation to appear before the Commerce Select Committee. “Yesterday National MPs blocked my motion to invite...
    Labour | 08-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today. The report...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • The issues behind the possible MANA-Internet Party Alliance
      Last weekend Kim Dotcom spoke at MANAs AGM to discuss the possibility of the Internet Party and MANA Party working together to defeat John Key this election. As someone who knows both Hone and Kim, I have a unique...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Manufacturing Upgrade   Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.   – The claims and opinions...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Get work on 29th and the ANZAC spirit deserts the TPPA
      Groser and co would have been spitting tacks last week as the ANZAC spirit deserted the TPPA negotiations. Australia has done a deal directly with Japan which undercuts the demand for Japan to opening all agriculture in the TPPA....
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • No fracking solution to climate change
    Some British tabloids and oil lobbyists have jumped on comments made by an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change author that fracking could play a role in addressing climate change as an argument for it here in Aotearoa, so is fracking...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: At Last: A Manufacturing Policy Date of Release:  Thursday, April 17, 2014 Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Drone murder of New Zealander “justified” by Prime Minister
    Yesterday Prime Minister John Key justified the extrajudicial killing of a New Zealander in a US drone strike in Yemen with a few cynical, callous words at a stand-up press conference. Key said he’d been briefed by our spy agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Secret Policeman’s Ball
      Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball is back in New Zealand for one night of some of the best stand-up comedy from both national and international comics The freedom to provoke and in some cases offend is essential to the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • So the US has assassinated a NZ citizen – what did Key know?
    A non judicial assassination by the US on a NZ citizen raises questions. Key made the idea that NZers were training with terrorists part of his farcical defence for the GCSB mass surveillance legislation. I say farcical because even if...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Something Better Than Something Worse: Why John Key could become our longes...
    IN HIS MEMORABLE holiday-home encounter with the host of Campbell Live, the Prime Minister, John Key, did not rule out running for a fourth term. Were he to be successful, the long-standing record of Sir Keith Holyoake (11 years and 2...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • GUEST BLOG: RIO TINTO WINS 2013 ROGER AWARD
      Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third  The seven finalists for the 2013 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand were: ANZ, Chorus, IAG Insurance Group, Imperial Tobacco, Rio Tinto, Sky City Casino and Talent 2. The criteria for judging are...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • National drowning in an ocean of poisoned milk
    It is becoming difficult to keep up with which National Party MP is bleeding the most at the moment. Simon Bridges is being crucified by Whaleoil almost as much as Greenpeace are attacking him, suggesting Cam is seizing the moment...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Want to get rid of synthetic cannabis? Legalize real cannabis
    Have we managed to appreciate the madness that synthetic cannabis is legal yet more harmful than organic cannabis which is illegal? I find the current moral panic over synthetic cannabis difficult to become concerned with when alcohol is FAR more...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Save our homes – stop the evictions!
    “We will keep on fighting because it frightens me to think my grandchildren could become homeless,” Tere Campbell told me. Tere is a member of Tamaki Housing Group. In September 2011, tenants in 156 state homes in Glen Innes received...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The daily humiliation of women and the constant policing and shaming of our...
    The last few months have been particularly bad for the shaming and policing of women’s bodies in the media, both in New Zealand and globally. First we had NZ Newstalk ZB presenter Rachel Smalley referring to women weighing over 70kgs...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • A case study of racism by Police at Auckland Airport
    A couple of days ago I returned from Samoa after attending a family matter and some contract work. Spending a few days in the warmth of our homeland was welcome relief from the cold weather starting to make its presence...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • An acute shortage of emergency youth housing
    The housing crisis is effecting everyone in Christchurch but some are more vulnerable than others. Recently I attended a workshop on emergency youth housing hosted by the 298 Youth Health Centre, who I worked for from 2001-2003. Over fifty people...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The Oceans Issue
    The ‘Earth’ is 71% water but our oceans are the last frontier. The oceans are huge, relatively unexplored, full of weird and wonderful diversity. In New Zealand we’re never far from the sea, and our identity, our landscapes, our communities,...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Fear of South Auckland
    Fear of South Auckland...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • TV News Geography
    TV News Geography...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The best bit about gay sex
    The best bit about gay sex...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • On not voting 1
    On not voting 1...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • On not voting 2
    On not voting 2...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Labour on trucks
    Labour on trucks...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Claire Trevett shows how biased msm works
    Read this nonsense by Claire Trevett… David Cunliffe denies claims he is ‘running scared’ Labour leader David Cunliffe has dismissed claims he is running scared from Prime Minister John Key and playing hard to get over a Campbell Live series...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Why won’t Judith Collins identify who the Chinese ‘bureaucrat’ is?
    Rumour as to the real reason Judith Collins won’t reveal who the mysterious Chinese ‘bureaucrat’ is who dined with her at a private dinner is because the Chinese ‘bureaucrat’ wasn’t some lowly border official and they are actually a junior ranking member...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Fighting PNG corruption and social media gags with … outspoken blogs
    Graphic: shutterstock.com Dr David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific THE BLOGGING war is hotting up in Papua New Guinea – just when things are getting riskier with draconian proposals over cybercrime law on the horizon. The state target for...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • UNbelieved – the true racism of NZ
    Racist Cartoon by Al Nisbet sums up the casual racism NZers enjoy The New Zealand government must consider United Nations rebukes on their indigenous rights record as ordinary and unremarkable by their casual reaction to the latest indictment - delivered through the clear and clinical...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • What has ACC Minister been doing?
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: What has ACC Minister been doing? Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | Press Release Judith Collins has made such little progress on ACC’s unacceptable privacy practices and needs to be held to account for...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools Schools will be appalled to learn Education Minister Hekia Parata knew since January that hundreds of exam booklets had been returned to the wrong students...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake A claim by Minister of Finance Bill English that average wages will climb by $7,500 over the next four years is a cynical promise of jam...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder ACC Minster Judith Collins must front up and tell New Zealand how many people who refused to hand over their private details to ACC...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand The Ruataniwha dam decision released today has protected the Tukituki River and dashed the Government’s hope of the “one nutrient model” (TRIM) being...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Labour turns wheels for cycling safety
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Labour turns wheels for cycling safety With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • SPEECH: Institute of Directors
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: SPEECH: Institute of Directors LEADING AND MANAGING OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE David Cunliffe MP, Labour LeaderSpeech to the Institute of Directors15 April 2014, Auckland It’s a privilege to be speaking here. The Institute of...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • More Oravida endorsements from John Key
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: More Oravida endorsements from John Key The use of a picture of John Key in an advertisement for Oravida’s scampi products in a Chinese airline magazine is further evidence of an unhealthily cosy...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • 85 more jobs killed by the NZ dollar – Christchurch textile firm in recei...
    Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: 85 more jobs killed by the NZ dollar – Christchurch textile firm in receivership News that the high New Zealand dollar has claimed another textile firm has come as a huge shock to...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | Press Release Canterbury Yarns joins a long list of New Zealand manufacturers who have been driven to the wall by a...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “There’s nothing...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Boots Riley to perform live in Auckland
    Press Release: Mana Tamaki Branch are excited to announce that we have a very special guest, Boots Riley, coming to our very own neighbourhood! On Tuesday April 15 at 7.00pm Boots will be hosting a political discussion and Q&A followed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • State: still keeping you safe on the road this Easter
    The long-awaited Easter/ Anzac break is nearly upon us while the weather may have taken a turn for the worse in several parts of the country, many Kiwis will still be packing up their cars to take a road trip....
    Scoop politics | 17-04