The Government's new unfair industrial relations laws come into effect today. From now on, all new employees can be fired without reason in the first 90 days.
Employees will be required to provide a sick note from a doctor after just one day off work, and unions' access to workplaces will be restricted.
If only it was an April Fool's joke! But it's not funny. Everyone deserves decent work, a living wage, and to be treated with respect at work. We would reverse these unfair laws.
Keith Locke, Green MP
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There are at least 1 million substandard homes in New Zealand and rental properties are generally the worst performing of these. We are calling on the Government to create performance standards which ensure warm, healthy, rentals.
Russel Norman speaks at A Greener Way 2011 - Sustainable Living Field Days
Saturday 2 April, 2-2:30pm - Ashhurst Domain, Palmerston North
Public Meeting: A Motorway in Hataitai? with Russel Norman
Tuesday 5 April, 2011 - 7:30-9pm, Wellington
Save the Mokihinui Forum with Kevin Hague at Victoria University's Kelburn Campus
Thursday 7 April, 12-1:30pm, Wellington
Public Meeting: Visions of Christchurch: A Sustainable and Resilient Rebuild - with Kennedy Graham
Wednesday 20 April, 7-9pm - Netball Centre, Hagley Park, Christchurch
In this podcast we hear from Courteney, 19 year-old mum of 8-month-old Summer, and first year law student at Victoria University. Courteney shares her experience on the DPB, balancing work, study, and parenting, and her thoughts about the Welfare Working Group's proposals for sole parents. Listen to podcast...
Cuts on the table for low- and middle-income families
23 March 2011
In order to save anything like the figure intended, John Key's Government will have to cut Working for Families support from more than just so-called 'high income' families, the Green Party said today. Read more...
The Government's economic response to the Christchurch earthquake is fiscally irresponsible and will result in massive cuts to social spending and a blow-out in government debt, the Green Party said today. Read more...
Greens host disability care forum at Parliament
22 March 2011
Green Party Disability Spokesperson Catherine Delahunty will host a forum on the rights of disabled people to pay family members to care for them in Parliament tomorrow. Read more...
Cabinet paper confirms foreshore bill discriminatory
22 March 2011
Information obtained under the Official Information Act from the Ministry of Justice confirms that National's foreshore bill is discriminatory, said the Green Party today. Read more...
Back to the future with ACC experience rating - by Kevin Hague
There are quite a number of nasty legislative and regulatory provisions coming into force today Among them are Nick Smith’s Experience Rating Regulations for ACC. Read more...
Pollution threatens Māori tradition - by frog
I was saddened to receive this open letter from Mike Stevens. Mike is Ngāi Tahu and his family go muttonbirding each year on the Tītī islands in Foveaux Strait. Read more...
Tertiary education cuts still not healing - by David Clendon
The Tertiary Education Union is concerned that NorthTec is looking to cut positions in trades training at a time when there is already a serious skills shortage. Read more...
Bullying in schools - by Catherine Delahunty
This is a very old and a painful issue for many people. Read more...
Govt needs to wake up to sleepover case - by Keith Locke
It is great news that the Government has agreed to enter into negotiations with disability support workers and their unions, but any settlement must recognise the workers' right to be paid at least the minimum wage for each hour worked. Read more...
The Welfare Working Group and its distinctly unambitious target - by Metiria Turei
At page 60 of its report the Welfare Working Group suggests: "From the modelling reported in Chapter 10, we are of the view that the evidence from welfare reform in New Zealand and overseas indicates that a reduction of around 100,000 people [in receipt of working age benefits] is very ambitious but feasible." Let’s put that into context... Read more...
Disability and paying carers who are family - by Catherine Delahunty
This week I hosted a forum at Parliament for a very challenging campaign. Read more...
Children on the margins - by Catherine Delahunty
A report released this week by the Children’s Commissioner calls for quality childcare services, especially for under two-year-olds.
It will take more than a report to convince the current Government - whose cost-cutting includes undermining the goal of 100% fully qualified staff in early childhood centres - to invest properly in Early Childhood Education. Read more...
The Welfare Working Group and the work test police - by Catherine Delahunty
One of the cornerstones of the recommendations of the Welfare Working Group’s report (PDF) is sanctions against beneficiaries who “fail” work tests. Read more...
The Welfare Working Group provides us at page 43 of its report with this graph of the proportion of the working age population in receipt of working age benefits. The thing that strikes me is that the ups and downs in the graph seem to closely coincide with macroeconomic events, rather than any changes to the welfare system. Read more...
Community-led development - good news from the grassroots! - by Catherine Delahunty
I had two very positive days last week meeting with community sector groups in Porirua and in Nelson. Read more...
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