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Auckland Rail Industrial Action

Written By: - Date published: 12:01 pm, February 26th, 2018 - 50 comments

RMTU members are working to rule to oppose Auckland Transport and Transdev’s attempts to weaken security arrangements on Auckland’s trains.

Rimutaka Prison.

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, January 28th, 2018 - 51 comments

Who are the bigger criminals?


The Pike River Supreme Court decision – Helen Kelly would be pleased

Written By: - Date published: 8:41 am, November 24th, 2017 - 19 comments

Helen Kelly blogged four years ago why the deal that allowed Peter Whittall to walk free following the Pike River disaster was unjust and flawed. Yesterday the Supreme Court agreed.

Labour accelerates action on Pike River re-entry

Written By: - Date published: 8:31 am, November 21st, 2017 - 182 comments

National is trying to spin that Labour has adopted its position on re-entry of the Pike River mine. But the Pike River families are having nothing of this.

This TPP…

Written By: - Date published: 11:19 am, November 8th, 2017 - 68 comments

Some aspects of the TPP no-one’s mentioning.

SaveMart shows why unions are vital for New Zealand

Written By: - Date published: 2:02 pm, September 27th, 2017 - 47 comments

SaveMart employees were made to sort bales of filthy clothing dumped in Child Cancer charity bins without safety gloves. Unionized workers at New Lynn were sacked for contacting their union about it. Why did it require so much public pressure to get them reinstated? Why are our laws so inadequete?

Save Mart sacks unionised workers

Written By: - Date published: 8:55 am, September 16th, 2017 - 52 comments

First Union members working at Save Mart were given notice yesterday after complaints this week were made about health and safety conditions and interviews showing a culture of punishment and degradation.

Restaurant Brand Workers strike

Written By: - Date published: 5:54 pm, April 21st, 2017 - 34 comments

Restaurant Brands, the company that made $26 million last year and paid its chief executive a bonus of $1 million but cannot afford to pay its workers any more than the minimum wage, is facing industrial action tomorrow.


Written By: - Date published: 3:18 pm, April 14th, 2017 - 20 comments

Every once in a while, an administration that doesn’t check it’s collective brain out at the door assumes office. That may be the case with Canada’s current government.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.


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.

The Dreamworld tragedy is a perfect metaphor for a failing system

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, October 29th, 2016 - 71 comments

The loss of four lives at the Dreamworld fun park in the Gold Coast suggests that the corporate greed is good mantra is not working as well as we should expect.

DHBs telling porkies about junior doctors’ strike

Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, October 19th, 2016 - 44 comments

Junior doctors are speaking out against the misinformation being spread by DHBs.

Helen Kelly: Just plain good

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, October 14th, 2016 - 41 comments

I’m going to miss you, mate.

Solidarity with junior doctors

Written By: - Date published: 4:00 pm, October 10th, 2016 - 36 comments

Junior doctors taking strike action are being bullied and threatened that they’ll harm their careers.

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