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

 

Pacific Union Condemns Progressive Enterprises


Asia – Pacific Union Condemnation for Progressive Enterprises

International Unions representing 30 million workers in the Asia-Pacific region have condemned Progressive Enterprises’ handling of locked out distribution workers.

CTU president Ross Wilson is in Singapore this week and moved the resolution at the regional meeting of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions – Asian and Pacific Regional Organisation.

“International unions are taking note of this dispute,” CTU secretary Carol Beaumont said. “This week several large donations have come in from overseas for the locked out workers, and international union bodies are considering what further support they can provide.

“Woolworths Australia, the owner of Progressive Enterprises, must now realise that they cannot bully these locked out workers back to work by starving them into submission,” Beaumont said.

The international union body represents 158 million members in 150 countries and territories worldwide, and 28 countries representing 30 million members in the Asia Pacific region.

The full resolution reads:
Resolution - New Zealand
The 82nd ICFTU-APRO Executive Board Meeting in Singapore on 14-16 September 2006:
Notes with Concern
That Australia’s largest private sector employer, Woolworths Australia, through its subsidiary Progressive Enterprises, has locked out its 590 distribution worker members of the New Zealand National Distribution Union, and Engineering Printing and Manufacturing Union in Auckland, Palmerston North and Christchurch, New Zealand for 3 weeks to try and force them to give up their claim for a single national collective agreement providing pay parity for the same work at the three sites

Condemns
This heavy handed pressure by a major corporate employer to force low paid workers to relinquish their right to bargain collectively as guaranteed by ILO Conventions and New Zealand law.

And Extends Full Support
To the New Zealand distribution workers led by the NDU, the EPMU, and the NZCTU in their efforts to exercise their legitimate rights and achieve a fair settlement

Ends.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

In the end, Mr Pragmatic calmly read the signs of impending defeat and went out on his own terms. You could use any number of clichés to describe Peter Dunne’s exit from Parliament.

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>

ALSO:

Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>

ALSO:

Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election