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Pike River facts laid out

Written By: - Date published: 11:27 am, February 26th, 2017 - 10 comments

An excellent piece by Pike River mum, Sonya Rockhouse, in today’s Sunday Star-Times. The full article is here, but here are some of the most important points…

Living wage rises to $20.20 an hour

Written By: - Date published: 9:34 am, February 21st, 2017 - 30 comments

The living wage rises, and an odd argument for abolishing the minimum wage.

Cadburys Dunedin to close with hundreds of jobs lost

Written By: - Date published: 10:49 am, February 16th, 2017 - 121 comments

Another blow to Dunedin.

Is this the impossibility turning point?

Written By: - Date published: 8:11 am, February 14th, 2017 - 49 comments

There’s a wonderful fiction still propelling the world that the 21st century will bring an ever-expanding arc of freedom and prosperity to the vast majority of humanity but the reality seems to be anything but.

Greg O’Connor selected for Ōhāriu

Written By: - Date published: 5:52 pm, February 12th, 2017 - 150 comments

The former Police Association president has been confirmed as a Labour’s candidate for Wellington’s Ōhāriu electorate.

29 lives lost. No justice for their families.

Written By: - Date published: 1:51 pm, February 8th, 2017 - 13 comments

Solid Energy trucks have refused to cross the picket line at Pike River this morning after the families set up effigies of their dead men.

Willie on the unions

Written By: - Date published: 7:05 pm, February 6th, 2017 - 199 comments

“Matt McCarten is one to watch. He’s developing his union. I don’t have much time for [the established unions]. I hope my mate Matt destroys them.” – 2005 – link

Minimum wage increase doesn’t meet real costs (the CPI is broken)

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, January 25th, 2017 - 53 comments

Any increase in the minimum wage is better than nothing, but National’s increases have not kept pace with the real cost increases (notably housing) faced by low income earners. That is why we are seeing the rise of the working poor, and increases in homelessness and poverty.

Andrew Little: Together, we will fight for justice for Pike families

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, January 21st, 2017 - 105 comments

I want justice for the families of the worst workplace tragedy in decades. If New Zealanders choose to change the Government this year, Pike will be a priority in my first hundred days as Prime Minister.

The St Johns Industrial Dispute – #HealthyAmbosSaveLives

Written By: - Date published: 10:43 am, January 7th, 2017 - 51 comments

St Johns is one of the first organisations to use new Industrial powers brought in by the Government and is attempting to refuse to negotiate with First Union and is docking workers pay for wearing a campaign t-shirt.

New Zealander of the year

Written By: - Date published: 9:26 am, January 1st, 2017 - 42 comments

The Herald has managed to overlook choosing Helen Kelly as its New Zealander of the year.

Expert report shows urgent need for Pike River re-entry discussions

Written By: - Date published: 3:47 pm, December 13th, 2016 - 48 comments

The Pike River families have presented expert reports at Parliament today to establish the mine is safe to re-enter.

Stand With Pike: You shall not pass

Written By: - Date published: 9:24 pm, December 11th, 2016 - 86 comments

Newshub has revealed the attempt to seal Pike River mine is now facing both legal, and physical, roadblocks.

“They’re about to pour concrete on my son’s grave” – Campbell on #StandWithPike

Written By: - Date published: 7:42 pm, December 2nd, 2016 - 39 comments

Heartbreaking stories from the picket line down at the West Coast.

Tax the Rich An animated fairy tale

Written By: - Date published: 8:52 am, November 30th, 2016 - 10 comments

A short video produced by US unions “to support a fairer tax system”.

Audrey Young on resurgent unions

Written By: - Date published: 8:39 am, November 26th, 2016 - 12 comments

Audrey Young writes on growing union numbers, strengths, and wins for their members. Excellent!

National better late than never on pay equity

Written By: - Date published: 8:04 am, November 26th, 2016 - 4 comments

A 2015 court decision forced National’s hand on pay equity. This week the equity working group reported back. To its credit National is accepting the recommendations, and unions are hailing a big win. But the final form of any law is not yet clear.

Elf & Safety

Written By: - Date published: 3:56 pm, November 24th, 2016 - 6 comments

It was disappointing to see Michael Woodhouse’s complacency for the government at one worker each week dying on the job. That can’t be acceptable. The new health & safety laws are a big improvement, and are making a difference in NZ businesses.  It took a ridiculous time (and workers continuing to die) from Pike River […]

Mining engineer: Solid Energy’s decision is “irrational”

Written By: - Date published: 1:37 pm, November 24th, 2016 - 35 comments

An engineer’s report concluded it would be safe to enter the mine to look for evidence of the cause the blasts which killed 29 men.

TPP: An epitaph for self-interested treaties done in secret

Written By: - Date published: 1:23 am, November 23rd, 2016 - 39 comments

The misogynist buffoon, under-skilled charlatan and ignorant bigot that the Americans have elected to be their constitutional monarch for the next four years appears to have effectively killed the constraint of trade agreement known as the TPP. From a freer trade advocate, avid exporter, and labour movement supporter with a touch of green :- Good riddance.

QC describes Pike River mine as a ‘homicide scene’

Written By: - Date published: 10:11 am, November 22nd, 2016 - 51 comments

On Checkpoint Nigel Hampton QC described the Pike River mine as a ‘crime scene’ and a ‘homicide scene’, and he questioned the motives of those rushing to seal the mine.

Andrew Little: Promises to Pike families must be kept

Written By: - Date published: 11:57 am, November 20th, 2016 - 81 comments

Yesterday marked the sixth anniversary of the Pike River disaster. Here is a statement released by Andrew Little urging that the mine not be sealed and the deaths of the miners be investigated and their bodies brought home.

Six years on, the government still lies about Pike River

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, November 19th, 2016 - 11 comments

For six years the families of the men who died at Pike River have not had clear answers about what happened. From the Pike River Royal Commission, they got some answers. From the government, nothing but lies.

Pike River anniversary: what have we become?

Written By: - Date published: 10:08 am, November 19th, 2016 - 17 comments

Six years ago this morning, 31 men went to work in a coal mine. 29 of them still lay there.

Pike River Mine can be safely re-entered – but the Government says no

Written By: - Date published: 6:08 pm, November 17th, 2016 - 62 comments

Damien O’Connor and Denise Roche have taken it to Nick Smith in the House today over the government’s plan to seal Pike River mine forever.

Kindness

Written By: - Date published: 1:38 pm, November 17th, 2016 - 13 comments

It has been a terrible year.  People should think about being kind to each other and looking after each other.

Sonya Rockhouse: This isn’t just about our families. It’s about all of us

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, November 15th, 2016 - 22 comments

“Now six years later, the Government is moving to seal the mine. They are literally putting hundreds of tonnes of concrete between us and our boys. Between the whole world and whatever evidence of what happened is down there.”

Remembering what happened at Pike

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, November 13th, 2016 - 23 comments

What exactly happened at Pike River? The families of the 29 men who died don’t know, and as Solid Energy moves to seal the mine forever, they demand justice.

#StandWithPike

Written By: - Date published: 12:34 pm, November 12th, 2016 - 16 comments

The Pike River families have decided to take a stand and are occupying the road to the mine to ensure it cannot be closed, sealing up the evidence of what happened and the bodies of their loved ones forever.

Kia kaha, Pike River families

Written By: - Date published: 7:19 pm, November 11th, 2016 - 33 comments

The Pike River families will be protesting tomorrow to get their men out of the mine that killed them.

Don’t mourn, organise

Written By: - Date published: 8:20 am, November 11th, 2016 - 113 comments

What all good progressives should be doing in these POTUS Trump days.

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