Written By: - Date published: 10:26 am, September 5th, 2016 - 49 comments
The Jobs That Count campaign isn’t just about Talley’s AFFCO. It’s about getting local councils that work for all of us and make sure that the big businesses in our communities give back to us.
Written By: - Date published: 10:18 am, August 21st, 2016 - 22 comments
So often we lose sight of the fact that local government is about much, much more than rates. We’re launching a Jobs That Count ticket to change that.
Written By: - Date published: 6:08 pm, May 8th, 2016 - 24 comments
A new charity has been set up to use GiveALittle to raise funds for people who have been granted access to a medial cannabis product – and then they can’t afford them. I don’t want these people missing out on what I am getting from this drug. It works. Help them
Written By: - Date published: 6:08 pm, January 8th, 2016 - 129 comments
I am taking Cannabis Oil to manage my pain as my lung cancer takes over my body. It’s sort of as simple as that really. For some people talking about dying is confronting but actually talking about it allows us to think about how it happens – it is actually as much a social event as a physical one and knowing someone is comfortable, getting good treatment and pain relief is very much part of the social dimension as the physical one.
Written By: - Date published: 12:32 am, November 10th, 2015 - 49 comments
Can’t be many more important campaigns than saving the planet right? Only people power will change the current economic levers which are designed to burn burn burn. We have the chance to join with others around the world ahead of the climate talks in Paris to send a strong message to our Government that we […]
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: 3:46 pm, July 19th, 2015 - 7 comments
This week three big things are happening which will show how detached this Government is from the realities of workers and their families working in dangerous workplaces. The private prosecution over the death of Eramiha Pairama Aged 19, killed in a forest in December 2013. Remember that year – 10 dead in forestry. Well this […]
Written By: - Date published: 9:11 pm, July 13th, 2015 - 12 comments
Can you help us share this clip? It’s powerful and about the reality of workplace deaths for families that suffer them. The health and safety law going through the Parliament will betray these families if it is changed as the Government is proposing.
Written By: - Date published: 9:50 am, July 4th, 2015 - 41 comments
There was this one time when the Government understood that workers coming into NZ to help rebuild Christchurch were very vulnerable to exploitation.
Written By: - Date published: 10:49 am, May 13th, 2015 - 9 comments
Half the workplace deaths in NZ last year were in agriculture. Already this year the toll has been massive.
Written By: - Date published: 4:16 pm, February 25th, 2015 - 7 comments
Yesterday the families lost only a small bit of the battle for justice at Pike in an application to get some of the documentation on the Peter Whittall decision. It is clear from the decision that the process of filing itself caused MBIE to agree to release a number of the key documents.
Written By: - Date published: 4:00 pm, June 18th, 2014 - 9 comments
Lincoln Kidd was killed in a forest just before Christmas last year. He was 20. Rebecca Macfie wrote powerfully about him and his family in this Listener article. The new health and safety organisation Worksafe had six months to press charges in relation to this workplace deaths and as we know of the 900 serious harm […]
Written By: - Date published: 10:34 pm, May 9th, 2014 - 56 comments
Today the District Court of Rotorua gave the CTU leave to take a private prosecution against the employer of forestry worker Charles Finlay for failing to take all practical steps to keep him safe. Charles got home at 6pm the night before he was killed and was up again the next morning for his 4am […]
Written By: - Date published: 4:31 pm, February 28th, 2014 - 15 comments
Sadly those that don’t want workers to be trained in health and safety are attacking the courses the CTU runs for health and safety rep training, ironically including the Minister of ACC. This blog is a rather boring “on the record” blog setting out how the contract is run in preparation for any further attacks. They might not happen over night, but they will happen!
Written By: - Date published: 7:42 pm, February 19th, 2014 - 7 comments
Readers of The Standard have read and engaged on the campaign for forestry safety. There is now a Review underway and we need to maintain the organising momentum to ensure change is made. On 28 April is International Workers Memorial Day and we have invited the families of all workers killed since 2008 (that we have […]
Written By: - Date published: 3:17 pm, February 5th, 2014 - 47 comments
Charles Waldegrave has slammed Brian Scott’s critique of the method used to calculate the Living Wage in New Zealand. He shows Scott’s critique, and that of the Treasury, lack an informed understanding of the definition of a living wage and confuse market wage rates and welfare transfers. The living wage level was set at $18.40 per hour in February 2013. Scott’s paper has been given prominence on Kiwiblog 3 January 2014
Written By: - Date published: 6:26 pm, January 29th, 2014 - 18 comments
Minister of Labour Simon Bridges today said he welcomed the Review of Forestry Safety and that he has asked Worksafe NZ to review the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) into the forestry sector to “clarify them”. Chris Finlayson was the Minister when the current regulations (ACOP) were signed off new in December 2012. He said […]
Written By: - Date published: 11:10 am, January 25th, 2014 - 29 comments
The NZ Logger magazine has published attack after attack on us since about August of last year. You have to read them to believe them. Industry players and Editorials suggesting we are the problem in forestry safety! One even suggested UNIONS were exploiting workers in the industry through our safety campaign. I contacted the Editor to ask for a right of reply. It was written with minor changes and expected to appear this month. Now they won’t run it…. Have a look at it yourself.
Written By: - Date published: 6:40 pm, January 14th, 2014 - 140 comments
I couldn’t give a rats arse about Jordan Williams and his new little Act campaigning vehicle against the State, but I do care about health and safety and the manner in which some of the media have run his latest little ruse against training health and safety representatives in the workplace is a disgrace. Judith Collins has used it as a cover to announce the end of worker health and safety training by unions beyond this year, leaving workers unable to access the powers under the Health and Safety Act to issue hazard notices and represent their workmates.
Written By: - Date published: 3:56 pm, December 12th, 2013 - 97 comments
The decision announced today (but made when?) to withdraw the charges against Pike CEO Peter Whittall cannot be left to rest. When did a Judge of a New Zealand Court participate in a deal where criminal charges were dropped and money paid. It is insufficient to say the two are not connected. The money has […]
Written By: - Date published: 12:48 pm, November 27th, 2013 - 24 comments
From the Chorus report: “Chorus now employs 763 permanent and fixed term employees directly, along with a further 4,434 people who are either employed directly by our service company partners or are sub-contracted by the service companies”. Insecure work is a BIG problem, even in our tech industries.
Written By: - Date published: 2:06 pm, September 17th, 2013 - 102 comments
What comes first – the economy or the society? The only point of having a good economic policy is because you have a strong vision for society to which the economy contributes to build. The media keep saying David Cunliffe has a left wing economic policy. Actually he has a left wing social policy which […]
Written By: - Date published: 6:02 pm, August 27th, 2013 - 16 comments
I have been reading through the submissions released to date on the Employment Relations Act Amendment Bill. Air New Zealand take the prize for most oppressive demands. They start off moaning that they have 40 Collectives. Rob Fyfe tried that line on me once. I asked him to call me back once he had examined […]
Written By: - Date published: 10:51 am, August 9th, 2013 - 50 comments
The Governments attack on workers pay seems even more nasty given the stats released this week that show wages stagnating as prices increase especially those prices that workers spend their money on – housing, power, food etc. But the changes to the ERA going through the house will also increase insecurity. I spent Wednesday and […]
Written By: - Date published: 6:57 pm, July 31st, 2013 - 4 comments
Tomorrow we will deliver our Submission on the Legislation implementing the recommendations of the Pike River Inquiry. Despite the PM saying all the recommendations would be implemented – the legislation falls well short on the issue of tripartism for the Governance of the new agency WorkSafe. The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Pike and the […]
Written By: - Date published: 7:35 pm, July 25th, 2013 - 7 comments
Philip McHardy was killed while working in a pine plantation block in Overton Forest Winton on 31 August 2011. He worked for Don Contracting and was working in a Southern Forest NZ Ltd managed forest.
Written By: - Date published: 5:01 pm, July 17th, 2013 - 16 comments
Sean Mortensen was killed at Robin Hood Bay, Port Underwood in Marlborough. He was 34 years old. He worked for Pelorus Contracting Ltd and was in a forest managed by Merrill and Ring Ltd.
Written By: - Date published: 11:17 am, July 16th, 2013 - 13 comments
I have collected up the available documentation on the men killed in the forest since 2008. I am going to try, using the documents I have, to tell their story – one at a time. I haven’t been able to contact all the families of these men and hope if any of them read them, […]
Written By: - Date published: 11:50 am, July 14th, 2013 - 5 comments
NZ signed a new trade agreement with Taiwan this week. For the first time the reference to labour standards is squarely in the agreement rather than as a separate memorandum. “Each party shall respect, promote, and recognise in its laws, regulations, policies and practices, the following internationally recognised fundamental labour principles and rights: a) freedom […]
Written By: - Date published: 7:24 pm, July 10th, 2013 - 125 comments
I am doing a speech on health and safety tomorrow. Been thinking about Pike. Bernie Monk rang yesterday. Bridges is in Gisborne Herald today saying all the reports needed on Forestry have been written. In my speech tomorrow I Will read this bit out from the Inquiry into Pike – it is as powerful as […]