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Roger Award Winner To Be Announced in Christchurch

Roger Award
For the worst transnational corporation
operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2007


The 2007 Winner(s) will be announced on

Sunday, March 16th
@ Trade Union Centre
199 Armagh St, Christchurch
7.30pm

Drinks and Nibbles will be provided


The announcement will be made by the chief judge,

Laila Harre, of Auckland.

Sue Newberry, Associate Professor
of Accounting at Sydney University,
will present her Financial Analysis of the winner(s).


Lindon Puffin, nationally known singer/musician, will perform

The 2007 finalists are: ANZ; APN News & Media (ANM); British American Tobacco (BAT); GlaxoSmithKline; Independent Liquor; Pike River Coal; Spotless and Telecom. The criteria for judging are by assessing the transnational (a corporation which is 25% or more foreign-owned) that has the most negative impact in each or all of the following categories: Economic Dominance - Monopoly, profiteering, tax dodging, cultural imperialism. People - Unemployment, impact on tangata whenua, impact on women, impact on children, abuse of workers/conditions, health and safety of workers and the public, cultural imperialism. Environment Environmental damage, abuse of animals. Political interference - Cultural imperialism, running an ideological crusade

The judges are: Laila Harre, from Auckland, National Secretary of the National Distribution Union and former Cabinet Minister; Anton Oliver, of France, former All Black and environmentalist; Geoff Bertram, from Wellington, Victoria University economist; Brian Turner, from Christchurch, President of the Methodist Church and social justice activist; Paul Corliss, from Christchurch, a life member of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union and Cee Payne-Harker, from Dunedin, Industrial Services Manager for the NZ Nurses’ Organisation and health issues activist.

To celebrate the fact it’s 10 years since the first Roger Award event (also held in Christchurch) and that 2008 is election year, CAFCA is holding a conference – Privatisation By Stealth: Why This Discredited Practice Is Still On The Political Agenda – on that same day, to precede the Roger Award event.

The Roger Award is organised by CAFCA and GATT Watchdog and is supported by Christian World Service.

The Roger Award: Box 2258, Christchurch

ENDS

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