Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Nothing Progressive about Ripping Off Workers


Tuesday 12 September 2006

Hone Harawira
Maori Party Employment Spokesperson

'Nothing Progressive about Ripping Off Workers'

It's been twenty days without a pay cheque for many of these workers," said Hone Harawira, Employment Spokesman for the Maori Party, speaking about the workers locked out by Progressive Enterprises, "and it's bound to be hurting them and their families too."

"And you can't help but want to support them when you hear that the boss of Woolworths Australia, gets more in one day than a checkout operator gets in a whole year," said Mr Harawira.

"All the workers are asking for is the same rate of pay at the different workplaces around Aotearoa. They're all in the same union, and doing the same job for the same company," said Harawira "but Progressive refuses to pay, and has locked them out until they give up their right to bargain."

"And employers thinking that this may be a push for old-style militant unionism should stop scare-mongering and look at the facts. The issue is simple; the workers want pay parity, and the multi-national says no."

"As a nation, we should be challenging the huge income gaps between the workers in Aotearoa and the bosses in Australia, especially in light of this government's own report that poverty is actually increasing in our country."

"It takes a lot of guts for these workers to stay out on the picket line to fight for the rights of all workers," said Mr Harawira, "and we congratulate those unions who have come out in support of the picketers."

"I called out to the picket-line in Mangere the other day, and it was heartening to see how strong they all were," said Harawira.

"I know this is hurting them, and hurting their whanau, who already suffer the effects of low pay. But I know too of the widespread support from Maori and Pacific workers in South Auckland, and the growing support from unions both here and in Australia. I want them to know that the Maori Party stands with them in this struggle and will be doing all we can, to support their claim for pay parity."


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news