Thursday, April 29, 2010

TUMEKE!: Bennett: who pays?


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11:23pm Apr 29th
TUMEKE!: Bennett: who pays?
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Come to the public meeting with Paula Bennett tomorrow morning, May 1st -9.45 am Piha Surf Life Saving Club. Ask her about why she revealed personal details of a beneficiary's case to the public- and why she is slashing benefits

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Monday, April 26, 2010

nzherald.co.nz - Denied help for sexual abuse, dead days later


sarah bogle thought you would be interested in the following item from nzherald.co.nz:
 
Denied help for sexual abuse, dead days later
 
A review of new rules for sexual abuse counselling has come too late to save a South Auckland mother who died four days after her claim for ACC-funded counselling was rejected. Counselling Services ... More
 
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Cuts Kill!
 
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Living Wage Party 1st May


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Janet Bogle
5:26am Apr 26th
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MAY DAY! RADICAL REGGAE SOUNDS WITH TIGI NESS& UNITY PACIFIC AND HIP HOP ACT SHINE FORUM THIS SATURDAY 1st MAY 7.30pm till Late- BLUESTONE ROOMS 9-11 DURHAM LANE, AUCKLAND CBD Celebrate International Workers Day with Unite Union. Support the JB Hi Fi workers fighting for better pay. Campaign for a Living Wage PARTY! Koha at the door.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Mayday! Unite the Fight against National's Attacks!




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.




Paula Bennett May Day Challenge


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Janet Bogle
9:37am Apr 20th
Paula Bennett May Day Challenge
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Monday, April 19, 2010

Paula Bennett's Strange Panel



Paula Bennett's Strange Panel 



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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Whanau Ora? Empowerment or Privatisation?


Will  Whanau Ora  empower  families to get their needs met by  bringing  services directly  to them , as Tariana Turia says it will; or is it just another move towards privatisation of social services  on National's part?

For the view of John Minto (who works for Unite) visit

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1004/S00111.htm

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Why Paula? May 1st, Piha Surf Club 10 am


We'll be attending Paula Bennett's Community Meeting at Piha Surf Club on May 1st-May Day- at 10 am, to ask her why she 's attacking beneficiaries and why she wants to take the control of the Waitakere Ranges out of local hands . More info later, or contact the Secretary keithhend@gmail.com

Scoop Link: Mining the land and undermining the children


http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1003/S00303.htm
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
children
What do conservation estates and
domestic purposes beneficiaries have in common? Both of them
look after the country’s most valuable assets. But you
wouldn’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
“failing to seek a robust, long-term solution” to the
mining versus conservation issue â€" one which would ensure
that “the economy and environment, treated well, can
enhance each other”. Instead, he says, “tthe government
has failed utterly to be strategic. Instead it is trying to
get by being simply tactical.”
[....]



Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Structural adjustment a major cause of poverty?


A member sent us in this link. What do you think? What causes poverty?


http://www.globalissues.org/article/3/structural-adjustment-a-major-cause-of-poverty

May Day - Workers Day! Party for a Living Wage


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Janet Bogle
1:59am Apr 14th
May Day - Workers Day! Party for a Living Wage
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It would be good if the May Day celebraters would get out on the streets in the morning as well alongside the anti mining protestors.
We need a living income for all-waged and unwaged! We need living benefits now and to stop the cuts on benefits!

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March against Mining New Zealand


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1:52am Apr 14th
March against Mining New Zealand
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On May Day : Unite the Fight against this rotten government- Unite for workers and beneficiaries rights , No to the super city, and stop mining.

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Welfare reforms discriminatory | http://www.facebook.com/l/fb256;Stuff.co.nz


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9:05am Apr 9th
Welfare reforms discriminatory | http://www.facebook.com/l/fb256;Stuff.co.nz
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Susan St John: Govt's sums on welfare savings don't quite add up - Politics - NZ Herald News


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9:05am Apr 9th
Susan St John: Govt's sums on welfare savings don't quite add up - Politics - NZ Herald News
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A member writes about the hardships of being a beneficiary


WE all apreciate what you guys are doing on our behalf. At the moment we are struggling to keep roofs over our heads and our kids out of the justice and mental health system. What makes us all so ultimatly fearful is that the logistics of being on a low income means that it takes us 4 times as long to do what "normal" people do every day, just to survive the increasing burden of beurocracy to maintain an income. Working poor, a group that will increase under Paula Bennet do not have the luxury of affording fast food, housekeepers, or transport, and often telephones. Food parcels are often inaccessible due to lack of transport. Even bus fares become unaffordable in many cases, money for multiple meetings, appointments, and comply with a host beurocratic demands to even receive what we get now. This is possibly the most underrated and difficult aspect of Paula Bennet's proposed regime. Her proposals threaten to increase this demand as well as expecting usually sick, disabled or parents and otherwise impaired people to comply with 15 hours work a week on top of this. I was shocked to see people still in pajamas waiting for some considerable times at New Lynn WINZ office.


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.

Winz moves early to bring in tough stance on benefits - National - NZ Herald News


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4:16am Apr 9th
Winz moves early to bring in tough stance on benefits - National - NZ Herald News
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Domestic violence cases increasing | http://www.facebook.com/l/32e58;Stuff.co.nz


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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

$20 increase not for Unemployment benefit


The $20 increase in allowed earnings from $80 TO $100  per week- promised in National's election policy-  will not be permitted for people on unemployment  or sickness benefits- only for those on the DPB, widows and invalids benefits.
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.

Amy Gets Her Pay!


Waitemata Branch member Amy's pay had been owing for nearly three months from a finance  company  which shares a flash office space on the Auckland waterfront with  another  finance company and and a right wing politicician. A short visit from Amy and supporters in her branch and the problem was resolved. Amy received her pay!

Beneficiaries and Workers Unite Against Cuts!


Unite Waitemata members and supporters demonstrate against benefit cuts   at the  office of Paula Bennett, Minister of Social Wefare on 27 March 2010.
  

Beneficiaries and workers unite


Campaigners for the Unite's  Living Wage Campaign at the Unite Waitemata Branch's demonstration against benefit cuts

Beneficiaries and Workers Unite Against This Rotten Government



 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

If you want to take part of  more actions against these cuts get in touch!
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Children Protest against Cuts


Children joined their mothers at the Protest outside Paula Bennett's office against attacks on Benefits organised by the Unite Waitemata Branch on 27th March.

Protest Against Attacks on Benefits



 On 27th March Unite Waitemata Branch organised a protest  outside Paula Bennett's office in Henderson against the savage attacks upon beneficiaries by  the National Government.  About fifty people attended including beneficiaries, single mothers and their children, carers, students, anarcha- feminists, socialists,  the Green Party,  Unite Union, Living Wage Campaign and Socialism Aotearoa

Living Wage Flying Picket



Beneficiares and Workers Unite for  Living Income for All!

Unite Flying Picket



Unite Waitemata Secretary Keith (far left) and Living Wage Campaigner Joe (centre) with Living Wage crew on Queen St on April 1st.
25 Cents Won't Pay the Rent
and
Strike Strike -- Strike strike strike! they chanted outside Burger King, MacDonalds and other low paying fast food outlets.



Unite Waitemata Branch members attended a flying picket of low wage food outlets on April 1st, 2010-John Key's a Fool Day.
We picketted MacDonalds, JB Hi Fi, Burger King, Hollywood Cafe, and many others up and down the length of Queen St.
Waitemata Branch members have been very busy supporting the Living Wage Campaign organised by the Unite Union. The campaign aims to raise the minimum wage to at least $15 per hour. Alongside that we need Living Benefits. Beneficiaries and Workers Unite for a living income for all!