Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


90 minutes to stop ninety days

90 minutes to stop ninety days

Thousand of workers will converge on Aotea square today at 12:30 for 90 minutes, in a landmark event in the new unionism.

They’ll be protesting the National Party’s 90 Day No-Rights Bill and celebrating their rights as working New Zealanders and will include members from the EPMU, NDU, SFWU, and Unite.

EPMU National Secretary, Andrew Little, says this joint union mass rally is another sign of increased activism among unions and their members. “There hasn’t been a union event like this for at least 20 years and it’s incredibly significant that so many people from so many unions are mobilising to defend their rights in the political arena.

“Ordinary working New Zealanders are actively standing up to one of the most savage attacks on their rights ever – they’re part of a new activist unionism,” he says.

NDU National Secretary, Laila Harre, agrees, “This Bill is the biggest attack on workers’ rights since the nineties and stopping it goes hand in hand with ending youth rates and getting a $12 an hour minimum wage which will help undo some of the damage National caused back then.”

The rally will run from approximately 12.30 to 2pm in the square and will start with two marches: one from Queen St entrance of Myers park at 12:20 and one from Victoria Street outside the NZ Post building at 12pm that will include NZ Post workers and Sky city Workers.

Rallying workers will squeeze into the Town Hall if the weather is wet.


© 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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news