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


The SFWU Daily Lockout Update - Day 5

Service and Food Workers Union Nga Ringa Tota

The SFWU Daily Lockout Update - Day 5

Highlights from the lockout sites:

Members were blocked by Spotless managers from getting on Hospital shuttle bus to visit Whangarei - but they have found a new place to get on the bus and they will be there tomorrow!

North Shore (AKL)
Kawakawa members visited the line and were welcomed by Whangarei members.

Waitakere (AKL)
Hosted the chant-off, put on a huge pile of kai for lunch and then, while the noise grew the mebers got a visit from a Maori TV reporter and cameraman who interviewed Bubz and Barbara from Waitakere and Woody from North Shore. 

Middlemore (AKL)
A reporter from Tangata Pasefika Television came to interview workers. The numbers doubled from yesterdays picket and more than $700 was gathered in donations.

Ex All Black Robin Brooke, who owns the local New World, has sent food donations and guarantees of %100 support to locked out workers.

Set up a 6 foot tall 'Spotless Clown' in the main street to get attention for their picket - visits by IRIS and other Union Reps.  Tomorrow the members will be visited by Minister of Community Affairs, Mark Burton along with local religous leaders.

Members and their story appeared on the front page of the Gisborne paper and will be getting a visit tomorrow by local religous leaders.

Members have been in the centre of town gathering donations and getting support from the public.

Members are still out in the rain standing strong - but getting wet.

Palmerston Nth
Donations of food and money are pouring in from other unions and even the local paper. Plus they have recieved $136 in donations on the picket line from members of the public.

Recieved a $2000 from the Meat Union. Still trying to meet with hospital CEO Nigel Murray with no luck yet. Members collected another $300 in donations from the 'Lockout Cafe


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Rationing Of PPE Gear, Masks And Everything Else

From the outset, the perceived need to ration our scarce resources seems to have driven the response to Covid-19. Rationing still appears to be limiting the ability of nurses and other frontline workers to access and routinely wear the PPE gear they need to do their job safely. Initially at least, we were also rationing the public’s access to Covid-19 testing. We also continue to pick and choose among the scientific evidence to justify advising the public against the need for them to wear masks…. If it hasn’t done so already, this trend will end up eroding public confidence in the Ministry of Heath assurances that hey don’t worry people, we have enough PPE gear, testing kits and masks to go around. Counter factual : if we’re rationing it, we haven’t got enough... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Ethics (and Some Of The Economics) Of Lifting The Lockdown

As New Zealand passes the half-way mark towards moving out of Level Four lockdown, the trade-offs involved in life-after-lockdown are starting to come into view. All very well for National’s finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith to claim that “The number one priority we have is to get out of the lockdown as soon as we can”…Yet as PM Jacinda Ardern pointed out a few days ago, any crude trade-off between public health and economic well-being would be a false choice... More>>


Police Commissioner: Christchurch Terrorist Pleads Guilty

Police acknowledge the guilty pleas in the Christchurch Mosque attacks prosecution that were entered in the Christchurch High Court today. The guilty pleas to 51 charges of murder, 40 charges of attempted murder and one charge of engaging in a terrorist ... More>>


Transport: $54 billion Investment In Draft GPS 2021

The Draft Government Policy Statement (GPS) 2021 on land transport confirms that the Government will invest a record $54 billion in its balanced transport policy over the next decade. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Loss Of Abortion Safe Zones

No doubt, last night’s defeat of abortion law reform provisions that would have created safe zones around abortion clinics will be portrayed, by some, as a victory for free speech. It isn’t. It was a victory for bigotry and intimidation directed ... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On National's Regulation Crusade

Lets step back in time now, to simpler days and to simple-minded solutions. So…. if National gets elected, landlords will once again be able to evict tenants at will, raise rents anytime they like, and ignore the need to install a healthy standard of heating in the homes they put out to rent. This promised ‘bonfire of regulations’ is being done in the name of cutting red tape... More>>


SMC - Expert Reaction: PF2050 Strategy

DOC has released a strategy to reach Predator Free 2050, along with an action plan through to 2025. The predator-free goal focuses on three groups of mammals: possums, three species of rats, plus stoats, ferrets and weasels... More>>






InfoPages News Channels