Exploited workers need union protection

Written By: - Date published: 11:20 am, December 1st, 2014 - 30 comments
Categories: business, class war, Unions, workers' rights - Tags: , ,

Docking the pay of petrol station attendants when a customer doesn’t pay. Docking the pay of checkout workers in the same situation. And now this:

Parcel-eating dogs threat to courier’s pay

A courier driver was threatened with having her wages docked after a parcel she delivered was eaten by the recipient’s dogs.

But back at base, she was told by Fastway Couriers Wairarapa owner-operator Therese Boniface the dogs had eaten the parcel, and she would be docked $50 a week towards the parcel’s yet-to-be-established value.

Fortunately for the courier, she was a union member:

It was only after driver Tara Lindsay’s union, First, intervened that her employers, Fastway Couriers Wairarapa, backed down.

First Union general secretary Robert Reid had heard of a few cases, including some involving courier drivers, especially at smaller, non-unionised firms. “If it’s non-unionised, almost anything goes,” he said.

This is what unions do, protect vulnerable workers. Union membership results in higher pay (etc etc etc etc etc), and has many other benefits. Join a union!

(Update: Since this post was scheduled this morning, Mike Treen has written a much better one on TDB.)

30 comments on “Exploited workers need union protection”

  1. Rodel 1

    News report- Non union charter school teacher’s pay deducted because a child in the class didn’t learn to read up to national standards?

    ….Just kidding but don’t dismiss the thought.
    Damn! I may have given John Bank’s successor, wotsisname, an idea.

    Join your union.

    • NZJester 1.1

      Oh come off it there is no way they would do that.
      They have so few actual teachers teaching in charter schools that they can not afford to loose them back to the public sector that is short of them.
      They will be docking the wages of the teachers assistants who are doing most of the education anyway and not the teaching staff.

  2. Skinny 2

    Proud to say I’ve brokered 2 workers to join separate Unions (different industries) today. One gets a back dated pay rise of 2.5% and the other could heading for a scrap with her bosses. I’ll do the mediation meeting as part of the deal should bullying conduct not stop. Many of her workmates will follow as they are sick of being mistreated by their Miss Bossy Boots manager and it only takes one to join and we are onsite and into it.

    Good to hear Sam Huggard is the new CTU Secretary, congrats chap and please get amongst it!

  3. Varity 3

    i am a low wage earner who does believe in a need for unions but can’t afford to pay toothless union fees on top of my student loan, kiwi saver and regular taxes.

    unite was suppose to come to my work the other week on a recruitment drive. our managers schooled us up – “you don’t have to talk to them, etc, blah, blah, blah”. but i wanted to talk to them and guess what? they didn’t show up.

    apparently they turned up the next morning when no-one was expecting them and we missed them.

    what am i or anyone suppose to make of that?

    • Te Reo Putake 3.1

      Who said what time they were supposed to be there, Varity? If it was the boss, then you have your answer; a set up. If it was Unite, then email them and tell them how that made you feel. Unite are effectively an amateur union, with minimal paid staff. There may be a genuine reason for the mistimed visit and I’m sure they’ll do their best to put it right.

      • Varity 3.1.1

        like i said – one of my managers told me they were coming and when to expect them.

        when they didn’t show i did email them. they apologised and said they got tied up with another workplace that night and if i wanted to talk they’d get in touch next time they are down my way.

        pfff. that’s little use to me, no?

    • Skinny 3.2

      Unite in my opinion is the strongest low paid worker Union going, they are certainly not toothless (though many are at times) members have to understand on any given day things happen at short notice. Sackings, disputes, stopwork meetings, don’t hold it against the organiser, just pick up the phone give them a call and arrange another meeting time, within the work place or outside.

      Too many members are their own worst enemy. Paid or unpaid meetings shouldn’t matter. The fee’s are cheap compared to the terms and conditions and coverage a Union will get you, and keep a scumbag boss off your back is worth the fee’s by it’s self. Having to use the services of a employment lawyer will cost anything from $200 an hour plus. If you have no joy let me sort it out as I know quite a few of their team 🙂

      • Varity 3.2.1

        1. my boss is not a scumbag
        2. the delegate should have shown up when he said he was going to or at the very least let us know he wasn’t coming.

        Like you said … pick up the phone.

        • Skinny 3.2.1.1

          Ok don’t get your knickers in a twist numbering things like your a management student. No one said your ($18 an hour) manager was a scumbag. Sounds like you hold a grudge ‘toothless.’

          • Varity 3.2.1.1.1

            oh but you did say “scumbag boss” hence my reply. my boss and managers are separate entities. as to the state of my underwear – surely you have somewhere better to go than there. gross dude.

        • Tracey 3.2.1.2

          You wrote

          “believe in a need for unions but can’t afford to pay toothless union fees on top of my student loan, kiwi saver and regular taxes. …”

          Can you expand in why you believe i them. It might help persuade others.

          Is your only reason for calling Unite toothless cos they didnt turn up when they said, or have you had other negative experiences?

          • Varity 3.2.1.2.1

            i didn’t actually call unite toothless. i called unions toothless.

            i’m an older person. i remember when unions had a lot of pull and did a lot of good. i’ve had good experiences with unions. but you can’t deny their power has been eroded by national governments over the years.

            your comment about kiwisaver was interesting to me. i haven’t figured yet whether or not it’s a good investment. what i have figured though is for me, at this point, unions are not. and just when i thought i might be persuaded otherwise … they didn’t bother to show up or even give us the courtesy of a phone call to let us know. tell me why i should buy into that?

            • Tracey 3.2.1.2.1.1

              i am not telling you what to buy into or not. i was just trying to find out more about your union experiences given you stated you believe in tyem.

            • Skinny 3.2.1.2.1.2

              I think your fake and jus playing silly buggers!

    • Tracey 3.3

      If you earn low wage, imo, you are better paying union dues than into kiwisaver.

    • NZJester 3.4

      So your seemingly anti union boss schooled you beforehand that you did not have to meet and talk to them as well as informed you of when they would be coming. Yet they then turned up on a different day than the one the boss had stated and no-one was around to meet them. Strange that, I mean the boss would not have failed to pass on important information and given you a bum steer to prevent you from actually meeting with with them would they?

  4. adam 4

    That is a great article by Mike Treen. Don’t sell yourself short either Anthony, this is something we should be discussing often and with force here on the standard. So thanks for the wee article.

    If you’re not a member of a union and reading this, think about joining – it maybe the only way to protect yourself, and your family, from a whole lot of pain and suffering from a bad employer.

    Because, bad employers are now the norm in NZ, when once, they were the odd loose cannon.

  5. coaster 5

    I stopped being a member of a union when the employment contracts act came in, but have alwaysed beleived in them. I joined the nzei a few years ago after I heard a different perspective on it. I was getting the benefits of the collective without paying my bit, they are very good and are quickly able to answer questions.

    here are my thoughts on the downsides of unions.
    1. Cost, if yoou are living week to week its hard to justify the cost, even though the long term benefits outway this.
    2. Who is my union?, why are there so many, how do I find out who my union is.
    3. How do I join, what are the costs and benefits and can I join without my boss knowing.

    maybe there could be a website with all this, or maybe the nzei or epmu could have sub unions to take retail, labourers, farmworkers etc.

    I dont think its as simple as picking up the phone, you ned to know who you are contactin. Do most unions use modern media to contact prospective employees.

    • Tracey 5.1

      It used to be easier to get that info coaster. The lack of immediate ease finding those answers is the result of the erosion of unions over the last thirty years

        • Tracey 5.1.1.1

          are you saying that unions have the same workplace access they used to? cos that was my real point.

          my low income aquaintances dont usually have easy access to the internet. not saying they couldn’t fi nd out just that you used to have leaflets and forms u ckd complete on the bhs going home.

          • Te Reo Putake 5.1.1.1.1

            Fair point, Tracey. Generally, unions don’t have the resources to get into small workplaces, so unless the firm has, say, 10 workers at a branch, or perhaps 50 nationwide, there is not likely to be a presence. Access has tightened under the Tories, but where there is a collective agreement, access is usually a clause in the agreement.

            Websites, social media, freephones etc are the primary point of contact for many union members these days.

            • adam 5.1.1.1.1.1

              When I worked in Aussie, to get around reactionary laws – we would get people to join our sports club or social club. Our sports club/social club could and did cover many more workplaces that way – we also had a membership who directed us to go into the small workplaces. IE: the workplaces with large membership effectively subsidised the small workplaces – because they understood, the small workplaces are were all the really nasty stuff, happens.

  6. whateva next? 6

    This is unbelievable, if ministers, and Rennie etc. were held to the same account (and the same proportion of their wages docked) even they would join a union!!! thanks to the union, justice has been done.

    I am even more concerned about workers who are in effect stopped from joining a union, being asked at interview (of a job they undoubtedly need to pay rent etc, so power imbalance), are you thinking of joining a union??……….I cannot believe we have come to this, how do those people sleep at night?
    How would we be if the care workers, bin men, factory workers, health workers, shop workers, couriers, petrol pump attendants etc all walked out of their jobs tomorrow???

    How would it be if Key and his cohorts stayed at home for a day?????????????
    It is them that should be told,
    “If you don’t like it, there’s someone outside who will do the job…”

  7. fambo 7

    Tsk tsk – that’s two similar high profile cases in Masterton. The Wairarapa electorate (which goes all the way from southern Hawkes Bay to the south coast) gave National candidate Alastair Scott a real easy ride into Parliament, despite all the hard work of Labour candidate Kieran McAnulty. Previous National MP for Wairarapa John Hayes enjoyed similar support with no great effort on his part.

    • tc 7.1

      You could whack a blue ribbon on a donkey and it’d take out the wairarapa seat it’s sock puppet central.

  8. Atiawa 8

    Before deciding that you need to join a union, find out if your workmates would also want to join. The key to unionism is collectivism and unless 60+% of your fellow workers are interested and of the same mind about wanting to be treated better by their employer you will likely end up disappointed by the outcome you hoped to achieve.
    Strength is in numbers. When one of you is knocking on the bosses door demanding a better deal while the others are sitting back waiting for the outcome, nothing will be achieved. When ten out of the 15 workers knock on his/her door together, you get the bosses attention real fast.

  9. Once was Tim 9

    @adam – it is (a great article). What impresses me is Mike Treen’s awareness of what is actually going on around Nu Zull – in partic with low paid workers, AND the fact that he hasn’t bought into all that ‘bloody immigrants coming here taking all our jobs’ routine.
    That said, it seems to me that there are a number of employers who’re buying into it from an employers perspective – i.e. looking at ways of ripping employees. They need to be named and shamed.
    As we know …. certain practices have been adopted by employers in places like service stations; restaurants, the building industry, and some horticultural enterprises – guess what – major employers of the immigrant/student-on-a-study-visa/refugee.
    I’m thankful that MoBIE is now starting to take a tiny bit of an interest because until recently they’ve been AWOL – and my suspicions are that this was by design (just as long as the Joyce disciples who love the buggers’ muddle that constitutes MoBIE kept it all under the radar. Unfortunately, their greed got the better of them).
    Old story – not much happens until it becomes an embarrassment. Let the gubbamint of the Key master of the Universe be under no illusion that the Chinese, and the Indians are aware (having had Indian students beat up in Melbourne, others royally ripped – promised the world and had very little delivered)
    I haven’t forgotten the (now three) complaints to the old Labour Department (now under the Bugger’s Muddle). I am disappointed that there are various legal firms (who purport to represent minorities) that have been complicit. AND I MEAN BIG fucking diapoointement – but never mind ….. they haven’t gone unnoticed by Modi-ites or his opposition both – not sure about the Chinese).

    JUST as bad as the deduction of loss from wages by the unscrupulous is the practice of ‘trialing employees’ whereby someone (such as a waiter) is tried out (such as by the TxJ Courtenay Place) restaurant to ‘just see if they are suitable. (Incidentally, a complaint with the old Labour Dept which mysteriously got lost – but not by me in all its detail.) At the end of the week, they even have the cheek to say “Oh…. we’re not really sure but we’ll give you the opportunity of another week). The sensible gave up without pay (thinking this to be normal) and resorted to prostitution.

    Like I said…..thankfully parts of MoBIE are beginning to get real

    • Once was Tim 9.1

      oh btw ….. we treat out immigrants/international students/refugees like shit even if trying to emulate things they’re often used to, and with the disadvantage of our language and culture being foreign to them – then we are primed (under the neo-lib agenda) to treat OUR OWN by the same measure.
      There’s now an attitude that’s become prevalent amongst employers that people should be grateful for employment. How fucking SICK is that! Especially considering their employees generate the good-will (they’ll try to take advantage of when and if they they sell their bizznuss); they’re the face of (buzzword alert) their ‘Enterprise) ….. etc., etc…… etc.

      It’s not that hard to understand really. IF you’re a bizznuss that can ONLY survive by paying you employees slave-labour rates and treating them as such – then you’re ekshully NOT fucking viable. 9 times out of ten, my bet is that you simply want to ensure you’ve got the latest Beamer (that you can’t ekshully drive that well), and that you can kick the can down the road a bit further by exploiting a fellow human-being.

      /endrave ….. but unfortunately there are some (WITH MINORITY CREDS) and who I imagine have trad Labour values – or rather purport to have – who SHOULD FUCKING KNOW BETTER. Oh for the change of gubbamint – if I’m still around, the record stands – given the TOTAL shit they’ve caused for some, hardship I’ll fucking bet they’ve NEVER considered (despite their little jaunts to India for a few days enabling them to become ‘experts’ and the hectoring and lecturing they now dish out from time to time) – I’ve not forgotten – and my dick is bigger than their strap-on

  10. Philip Ferguson 10

    With more and more work becoming precarious – welcome to the ‘superiority of market forces’, eh? – these stories are likely to multiply.

    One disagreement with the author, however. Often even lefties use the term ‘exploitation’ to refer to the very worst employment situations. In fact, exploitation is better understood as people being paid less than the value their labour-power produces. Workers as a class are exploited by the employers as a class.

    Workers who have very good conditions are still exploited. In fact, they may be creating more value and being paid relatively less of it than those working in really shitty conditions.

    I try to deal with these issues in plain English here:
    What is exploitation?: https://rdln.wordpress.com/2011/12/29/what-is-exploitation/
    How capitalism works – and why it doesn’t (written ten yard ago for a union training day): https://rdln.wordpress.com/2011/07/21/how-capitalism-works-–-and-doesn’t-work/

    Phil

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    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
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  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
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  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
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  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
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    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
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  • The coming resource war.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
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  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
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    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
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  • A ditch for him to die in
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
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  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
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  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
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  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
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  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago

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