Thursday, April 29, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
At 9.45 am on Saturday 1st May at the Piha Surf Life Saving Club we are going to put Paula Bennett and the National Party on the spot about their anti-welfare policies, the proposed mining of national parks, and the creation of the anti-democratic Super City.
We will ask her to justify:
Taking the Waitakeres out of local control and putting it in the hands of developers
Abolishing the Training Incentive allowance which enabled Paula herself to further her career
Forcing stretched mothers into non existant paid employment
- Stopping benefits for people who fail work tests (Does this mean people who fail to find the non existant work?)
- Expecting the already over -stretched Salvation Army to pick up the tab to feed hungry children and families
- Taking policy advice from those who make profits from unemployment (see article below, Paula Bennett's strange panel)
- Forcing an anti -democratic Super City upon Aucklanders; which will be mostly run by private companies with little to no accountability
- Proposing to mine the beautiful National Parks in the Coromandel, Great Barrier Island, and the West Coast when the planet is already running out of precious resources
- Shifting money from the poor to the rich by raising GST
- Increasing surveillance of innocent people with the Search and Surveillance Bill
- Cutbacks in ACC, Health, and Education and moves towards their privatisation
- Privatisation of prisons.
- Closing the Titirangi mental health service run by Mind Matters Trust
- Cutting funding to women's refuges
- Closing down community education programmes
- Keeping the minimum wage and benefits at below a living income
These are just a few of the attacks upon us all! And they will not be the last!
With Attacks from all sides, we need to Unite the Fight against this National Government!
Join Us at Piha Surf Life Saving Club to show Paula that we will not accept this attack upon our civil and democratic rights, our livelihoods, our communities, and our beautiful land!
Afterwards we will join the anti-mining protesters, the May Day celebrators and the JB Hi FI Strikers in Queen St on this International Workers Day 2010.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Paula Bennett's Strange Panel
Check on MSN NZ Money for a hand Feeling the financial pinch?
Sunday, April 18, 2010
For the view of John Minto (who works for Unite) visit
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Mining the land and undermining the children
Monday, 29 March 2010, 1:55 pm
Column: Anne Else
Letter from Elsewhere - By Anne
Else Mining the land and undermining the
What do conservation estates and
domestic purposes beneficiaries have in common? Both of them
look after the countryâ€™s most valuable assets. But you
wouldnâ€™t know it from the way John Key and his government
have been acting lately.
In the latest Sunday Star
Times (28 March), Rod Oram lambasts the government for
â€œfailing to seek a robust, long-term solutionâ€ to the
mining versus conservation issue â€" one which would ensure
that â€œthe economy and environment, treated well, can
enhance each otherâ€. Instead, he says, â€œtthe government
has failed utterly to be strategic. Instead it is trying to
get by being simply tactical.â€
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
The person I was supporting has 3 children, 2 of whom are under school age, and unable to drive. To get to a WINZ review appointment at 9am they gave her 48hours notice, and the paperwork arrived by courier at 5pm the preceeding day. To get to the appointment she had to arrange safe supervision for her children, leave the house at 7am with her children to get to a sitter, and walk to the office from Green Bay.
More often than is admitted because of the imposed complexity of the administartive regime staff do not have a whole lot of incentive to be fair as opposed to being expedient. The situation often demands that to be safe a support person is needed to accompany people to even reletivly insignificant WINZ, CYFS, or Justice department meetings to ensure that people are not taken advantage of. These people are not readily available in the community.This is time consuming and often happens at least once or twice a week, sometimes more. This comes at a time when 3 major support organisations, 1 being in existence for 100 years, have had their funding slashed or in most cases removed altogether.
I predict a whole lot more teen pregnancies, drug addiction, especially meth, and alcohol problems and less relinquishment of smoking habits,violence and property crime and increase in mental ill health as a result of increased stress from having an already inadequate income slashed as punishment for not obtaining those jobs that must only exist in Paula Bennet's imagination.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
On top of that many people on invalids benefits have already been transferred to sickness benefits , dropping their incomes by $49 per week.
This follows National's earlier abolition of the Training Incentive Allowance which gave single parents a chance to develop a career.
Worse is to come in October when the official changes come in.(See post: Workers and Beneficiaries Unite Against this Rotten Government .)
These scandalous cuts are a dramatically worsened continuation of a trend already started by Labour with its abolishing of the Special Benefit and hidden benefit cuts inside increased family Support for all, and its intensive case management.
Unite Waitemata Branch held a protest outside Paula Bennett’s office, Saturday 11 am, 27 March
429 Great North Rd, Henderson, against the National Government's attacks upon beneficiaries.
The National Government plans to force all single mothers into part time work, once their children are six. Those on Unemployment benefit who fail work tests will have their benefits halved or stopped. Sickness benefits are to be re-assessed and hardship grants are to be tightened. All benefits are to be stopped after one year and must be re applied for.
And even before these measures officially come about, National has already been forcing people off the Invalids Benefit and onto Sickness Benefits-where they lose $49 per week!
These measures show a “disturbing lack of empathy” towards those who cannot work or who can only work part time while on a benefit” (Child Poverty Action Group). It is simply not appropriate for all mothers on the DPB to be forced into outside work when their child reaches a particular age. Mothering is work, and must be fully supported by society. Family needs vary and it must be the mother’s decision when she undertakes paid work.
The attacks upon benefits are part of the government’s agenda make its capitalist friends rich at our expense. In a time of rising unemployment it is absurd to bring in measures that force beneficiaries to work in order to qualify for a benefit. It’s work for the dole by another name.
The government is trying to to whip up sexist, racist, beneficiary -bashing sentiments; to get support for its greedy and heartless attacks upon our livelihoods. It tries to divide the “deserving” poor-eg widows, against the “undeserving” eg single mothers.
It is also trying to divide non beneficiaries (those who rely on paid work as their main income) against beneficiaries (those whose main source of income is a benefit). In fact our interests are the same: we all need living incomes-whether in the form of wages, benefits, accommodation supplements; student allowances, pensions, family support etc or any combination of these.
In today’s economy many workers rely on state support at times, and many beneficiaries also do paid work. When benefits rise, so do wages.
Workers and Beneficiaries Unite for a Living Income for All! Raise the Minimum Wage to at least $15 per hour! Raise all Benefits to a living income! Say no to punitive Benefit Threats and Cuts! End Child poverty NOW! Say No to youth rates!
We won’t pay for their crisis! Make the bosses pay! I
Issued by the acting President of the Waitemata Branch of Unite!
Tel: (Secretary) 8369104 txt: (President) 021 2166937
Unite! is a community union for low paid workers, students and beneficiaries
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