Monday, October 11, 2010

Why you need to Join Unite!

Why you need to Join Unite! Union- and Waitemata Unite

Unite! is a union for low paid and casual workers:

Unite is one of New Zealand’s fastest growing unions with over 10,000 members. Many young people who had never been in a union before are now proud Unite members. We are a lively and strong union who have had many successes! We successfully campaigned to abolish youth rates and to raise the minimum wage. Many of our members, such as those in the fast food industry, now have better wages and conditions protected by collective contracts. They are learning how when we unite together and stand strong, we can win!

Unite! is a union for unpaid workers:

Mothers are bringing up the future workers of our society. Carers care for the sick and elderly. Students spend hours studying and earning pay. Unemployed workers are workers.

Unite! is a community union:

Unite! is for those who are not in paid work for any reason such as illness, disability or caring for others. We are all members of a community or whanau and of the working class.

Unemployment rates are soaring. The government is not doing anything to create suitable jobs that meet our health needs or family responsibilities. It doesn’t value our contributions. It just wants to cut spending on benefits and make us look for non- existent work. Then it can give tax cuts to the rich and help employers keep wages down.

Work Tested Benefits and the 90 Day Fire at Will Act .

The 2010 Social Security Amendment Act comes into effect in October. This means that mothers with children over six , and those on sickness benefits, now join those on unemployment benefits in having to be available for paid work, whether it suits our family or health needs or not. We will be punished by having half our benefits slashed if we don’t comply. If we still don’t after four weeks, our benefits are stopped altogether!

Whenever we apply for a benefit, we face a thirteen week stand down if we left a previous job “for no good reason’ or were sacked for “misconduct”. Now the 90 Day Fire-at-Will Act means that we could be sacked from a job for no reason, and then could face a benefit stand down for another 91 days for being sacked!

Even worse, the Welfare Working Group and Treasury are thinking of reducing our entitlements even further and contracting out our benefits to private providers!

This is why you need Unite! Unite can fight these laws!

Unite! union fights for the rights of employed and beneficiaries!

Waitemata Unite! is a branch of the Unite! union.

If you are a paid worker, Unite! will represent you in any disputes with your employer. If you become unemployed, you can still be a member of Unite!

If you are a beneficiary, Waitemata Unite! will support you if you have trouble getting the benefit you are entitled to. We will attend WINZ appointments with you, and can call a picket if WINZ persists in treating someone unfairly.

Unite! is picketing employers who try to sack any worker under the 90 Day legislation. We intend to make this law unworkable!

Lower benefits mean lower wages! Employed and unemployed need to Unite! for a living income for all ! Join Unite! Fight for living benefits and living wages!

These employment and benefit laws are unjust, and they must be changed! We need to stand strong and show the Government we will not take it!

Workers in paid employment can go on strike. Beneficiaries can refuse to go shopping or take our kids out on a demonstration instead of doing the housework. We can all go on pickets. We need to support each other. Together we are strong.

Employed and unemployed, you will always be welcome with us!

We meet every 3rd Saturday of the month at 11 am at the Avondale Community Centre, and have regular pickets and forums.

Come along, have a cuppa, get involved!

Unemployed and Employed, Join Waitemata Unite today!

Issued by Waitemata Unite! 8369104 021 2166937

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