Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Why You Need To Join Unite! Low Paid, Unemployed and Beneficiaries!

Why You Need To Join Unite!
Unite! is a Community Union.
Unite! is for low paid  and casual workers, and for those who are not in paid work for any reason, such as  unemployment, illness disability, studying or parenting. We are all members of a community or whanau. We are all members of the working class. 

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 work hard on their studies.
The sick and disabled need support to belong in ways that suit them.
The unemployed need real jobs. Youth need a future.

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. Young people who had never been in a union before are now proud Unite members. Many of our members, such as those in the fast food industry, now have better wages and conditions protected by collective contracts. Low paid workers are learning that when we unite together and stand strong, we can win!

Join Unite! For living benefits, living wages and real jobs!
Issued by Waitemata Unite!     8369104    0272800080
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Waitemata Unite!  is a branch of  the Unite!  Union.
We fight for the rights of employed and beneficiaries!
·       Waitemata Unite!  will help you get the benefits, grants and allowances  you are entitled to. We will attend WINZ appointments with you, and help you with reviews and appeals.
·       If you are sanctioned, we will help you get your benefit back!
·       If you are on a “training scheme” and have to work for nothing, let us know!! We will picket employers using slave labour!
·       If you get a job, Unite! will make sure you get  your legal wage and conditions, and help you get better ones.
·       If your job ends, you can still be a member of Unite!
·       Lower benefits and slave labour by beneficiaries mean lower wages for workers ! Employed and unemployed need to Unite! for a living income for all ! Join Unite!
·       Fight for a living benefit and a living wage!  
·       The welfare and employment laws deny us our human rights!
·        Unite! now to defeat them!
·       Workers can go on strike! Beneficiaries can go on pickets.  We need to support each other. Together we are strong.

We meet every 3rd Saturday of the month at 10.45 am at the Avondale Community Centre, Rosebank Rd, and have regular pickets and forums. Come along, have a cuppa, get involved!
Unemployed and Employed     Join Waitemata Unite today!

Unity is Strength!
Welfare Rights are Under Attack!
Unite! to Fight Back!
The Government’s new benefit categories, Job Seeker Allowance, Parent Support Allowance, and Supported Living Allowance, mean that nearly all us have to look for work; even if we are sick, or caring for children.

 The government has abolished the Sickness Benefit.  The sick are now “Job Seekers.”  Only people with exemptions, or those who get the Supported Living Payment, don’t have to work. But WINZ designated doctors make it almost impossible to get this benefit.

 Most single parents, carers and even grandparents have to be available for full or part time work, including some mothers with babies as young as one year old! Parenting and caring is vitally important work! We need support, not harrassment!  

WINZ’s punitive sanctions are causing misery, hunger, and destitution for thousands of beneficiaries and their children! If we refuse a job, are late for an appointment, don’t take our child to childcare or the doctor’s, or fail a drug test, we can lose half or all of our benefit.  
 WINZ pays private contractors a fortune whilst increasing our poverty!
WINZ makes us attend pointless Job Seeking courses run by contractors.
Their “training” includes doing slave labour for private businesses!
WINZ pays employers $5000 per year to employ us at poverty wages! Some employers have broken labour laws, and made workers work long hours for low or no pay!
WINZ will pay thousands to contractors to put the mentally ill into work

Young people only get pocket money and a card for basic necessities. Their lives are controlled by private contractors. Some young mothers are forced to do full time “training” and put tiny babies into full time daycare.

Older women and widows are also being forced onto the already crowded labour market competing for scarce jobs.

Unite!  for Social Welfare!
The welfare state was was created so that everybody would have good education, healthcare, housing, real jobs and a living income.
Benefits are meant to support people who are raising children, caring for people, are sick or cannot find work.

Unite! for Real Jobs!
The world economic system is in crisis. Profits are falling.
Millions are out of work. In NZ, 6.7% and 30% of youth are unemployed.
But our government is not creating jobs!  It is cutting our welfare!
Unions have always been a major way that we protect our rights!
The Government wants to make it harder for workers to join unions to organise for living wages, benefits, and conditions.
Fight Back! Join your union!

Stop Corporate Welfare!
The government wants us all to compete for non existent jobs so that employers can pay lower wages, and get higher profits.
It  slanders us, because it wants people to think that the crisis is our fault , when really it is the fault of the banks and the corporates, the 1%.
National plans to save more than a billion dollars by cutting our welfare.
Many of us are giving up altogether rather than face endless sanctions!

No forced work for mothers, the sick and disabled!
No “income management” for youth!
No forced “training”!  No sanctions! No work for the dole!

Beneficiaries and workers need Unite!
 Unite! can fight these attacks!

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