News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

WINZ Course Advises Unemployed People to Vote ACT

Wellington unemployed people are being forced by WINZ to attend "confidence building" courses at which they are being told to vote for the ACT Party according to UNITE!, the union representing unemployed and community wage workers.

"One course, held last week in the Capital Development Centre was led by self employed businessman Mike Winton. Winton praised ACT's proposed 20% tax rate, told participants that the best way to get ahead was to vote for ACT and after drawing a line down the centre of a white board, asked those on the course to state whether they supported the political Right or the Left. Those who said they supported the Left were told that they must be supporters of Soviet Russia." said Caroline Hatt, Secretary of UNITE!

"Participants were shown American 'Think Positive and Get Rich' videos and made to undertake exercises where they were given a theoretical budget of $310 million and told to slash it to allow for tax breaks.

"A course participant told me yesterday that the people on the course were told they must develop an 'Attitude of Gratitude'," said Ms Hatt. "One of the men on the course - a man in his 50s - was told that there was no way he would ever get employment because he didn't have the correct political attitude.

"This course is an outrageous abuse of Work and Income NZ's power over unemployed people" said Ms Hatt. "Unemployed people are obliged to attend these courses or are at risk of having their benefits cut. What gives WINZ the authority to tell unemployed people how they should vote. Surely this is a breach of Human Rights. What kind of thinking can possibly imagine that American 'Think Positive and Get Rich' videos and slashing a theoretical budget of $3million to make room for tax breaks is going to increase the confidence of unemployed people. And how many more ACT propaganda courses has WINZ sponsored over the last few months?

"UNITE! has written to the Minister of Social Welfare, Roger Sowry, calling for the immediate cancellation of such courses. We have also demanded that Mike Winton's contract be terminated and details of how much Mr Winton was paid to run these courses," said Caroline Hatt.

For further details contact Caroline Hatt, Ph 04 237 5062 (w) or 04 380 1104 (h).


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'


The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>


Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>


Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland