GPJA #461 (Part 2 of 3): News from Aotearoa / TPP action Sat

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION: SATURDAY 11 MAY

This Saturday activists across five countries will run coordinated actions against the TPPA. The day was chosen to send a shot across the bow for the next round of TPPA negotiations in Lima, starting on 15 May. A number of activities are planned in here:

Ø Wellington: The New Zealand Nurses Organisation is organising an event to raise public awareness of the implications of the TPPA on public health. On Saturday 11th May outside PHARMAC (Cnr of Victoria Street opposite Civic Square) from 1-3pm. All welcome – please contact Marilyn Head marilynh ‘We’d love some help and support!’, including for ongoing pamphleting.

Ø Auckland: banner drops on Southern, Western and Northern motorways, Friday rush hour, 4.30 to 5.30pm, 10 May. If you are available for Northern or Western motorways, please contact Jane Kelsey. We would like to make this a regular event. If you would like to help organise this, please let Jane know.

Ø Jane Kelsey’s e-book Hidden Agendas: What we need to know about the TPPA . This hard-hitting contemporary analysis, published as a short e-book by Bridget Williams Books, picks apart the current negotiations surrounding the proposed TPPA and comes to some disturbing conclusions. The book is being launched as part of New Zealand’s contribution to the International Day of Action. Order your downloadable copy online for $4.99 at www.bwb.co.nz from Saturday 11 May.

Ø Adopt an MP starts on Saturday 11 May

Here is your chance to play the teacher to give your local MPs a sense of what’s at stake. Adopt a local MP of your choice to visit and talk. Sign up for that MP on the itsourfuture.org.nz website (on the adopt an MP tab). An information pack will automatically be emailed to you. It will have suggested questions, links to the fact sheets on the itsourfuture website and the party policies (that we have been able to find!) You don’t need to know a lot – we will provide questions and simple support information and a mechanism for providing feedback. The campaign will begin on the international day of action, Saturday 11 May and run for a month. This is your chance to make a difference! For more detail click on here!

It’s Our Future Bulletin #33 – 09 May 2013 http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=2af728ed394d2e3c92f383cd5&id=e7268d7a71

NEW ZEALAND

Nakba – Auckland protest against Veolia http://socialistaotearoa.blogspot.co.nz/2013/05/nakba-auckland-protest-against-veolia.html

Nicky Hager: Uncomfortable truths, NZ foreign policy in the ‘war on terror’ http://blog.labour.org.nz/2013/05/04/nicky-hager-uncomfortable-truths-nz-foreign-policy-in-the-war-on-terror/

Dean Parker: Lenin deserves a happy birthday http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10880726

Mana’s John Minto speaks at the Auckland ANFS rally. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK6uYhLD9Nc

Protesters ‘privatise’ road to National Party conference http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10880230

Kiwis Say NZ is a Racist Country on TV3’s the Vote http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1304/S00352/kiwis-say-nz-is-a-racist-country-on-tv3s-the-vote.htm

Campaign to Stop Killer Robots: Urgent Action Needed http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1304/S00329/campaign-to-stop-killer-robots-urgent-action-needed.htm

Key dismisses paid parental leave http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/key-dismisses-paid-parental-leave-video-5420294

Keith Locke: Who are the 85 SIS targets illegally spied on by the GCSB? http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/04/15/who-are-the-85-sis-targets-illegally-spied-on-by-the-gcsb/

Keith Locke: West Papuan cause getting new international support http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/05/06/west-papuan-cause-getting-new-international-support/

GCSB

Full hearing could threaten spy agency’s secrecy http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/8651070/Full-hearing-could-threaten-spy-agencys-secrecy

Penniless priest unlikely to pay up http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/8656032/Penniless-priest-unlikely-to-pay-up

Spy-base trio’s argument makes property rights ‘unenforceable’ – Crown http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10882629

GCSB Bill: & Dotcom versus FBI, “NZ Intelligence Community” et al http://thestandard.org.nz/gcsb-bill-dotcom-versus-fbi-nz-intelligence-community-et-al/

Kim Dotcom Internet Copyright Case White Paper http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1305/S00085/kim-dotcom-internet-copyright-case-white-paper.htm

Gordon Campbell on the GCSB’s enhanced role http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2013/05/07/gordon-campbell-on-the-gcsbs-enhanced-role/

GCSB vs Three Kiwi Heroes http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1305/S00168/gcsb-vs-three-kiwi-heroes.htm

PMA: Waihpai Ploughshares’ Court of Appeal hearing http://community.scoop.co.nz/2013/05/waihpai-ploughshares-court-of-appeal-hearing/

Spy-base trio: ‘We have no intention of paying a cent http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10882368

Who Guards The Guardians? On the Dangers and Futility of Expanding Surveillance Powers in Aotearoa-New Zealand. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1305/S00088/who-guards-the-guardians.htm

New GCSB Powers Are Facist And Dangerous Warns Mana http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1305/S00126/new-gcsb-powers-are-facist-and-dangerous-warns-mana.htm

Key to allow GCSB Eye of Mordor to spy upon the Shire http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/05/07/key-to-allow-gcsb-eye-of-mordor-to-spy-upon-the-shire/

NZ ECONOMY

Roger Award 2012: Taejin Fisheries Wins – Rio Tinto & King Salmon Equal Runners Up http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/05/02/roger-award-2012-taejin-fisheries-wins-rio-tinto-king-salmon-equal-runners-up/

CTU: Aim should be jobs for all http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1305/S00112/aim-should-be-jobs-for-all.htm

Fear of Democracy By Wayne Hope http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/04/29/fear-of-democracy/

The Great TPPA Education Drive – Adopt an MP! http://www.itsourfuture.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Education-Drive-5.pdf

Key fails to keep jobs promise http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1305/S00147/key-fails-to-keep-jobs-promise.htm

Mighty River Con Revealed http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1305/S00132/mighty-river-con-revealed.htm

CTU: Don’t hit first home and low income house buyers http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1305/S00297/dont-hit-first-home-and-low-income-house-buyers.htm

Housing Affordability – What the Government Should Be Saying http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1305/S00126/housing-affordability-what-the-government-should-be-saying.htm

POVERTY & WELFARE DEBATE

Denis Browne: NZ needs to talk about food poverty http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10881169

CPAG: No room for complacency in report http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1305/S00104/no-room-for-complacency-in-report.htm

CPAG’s latest Quarterly Update is out now – please have a look at what CPAG has been up to and the many ways in which you can help. http://www.cpag.org.nz/assets/Quarterly%20Reports/1300502%20QU%20Q1%202013.pdf

Key Govt transfers wealth to those at the top http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1305/S00145/key-govt-transfers-wealth-to-those-at-the-top.htm

NZ can do better for mothers and children, report says http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/nz-can-do-better-mothers-and-children-report-says-5431205

Legislation Is Absolutely Needed to Feed Our Kids http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1305/S00096/legislation-is-absolutely-needed-to-feed-our-kids.htm

Harawira Urges Key to Back Feed the Kids Bill http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1305/S00097/harawira-urges-key-to-back-feed-the-kids-bill.htm

MCD’S ON STRIKE

McD’s Picketers assaulted http://unitenews.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/mcds-picketers-assaulted/

Cops used as McDonald’s private security guards says Unite Union http://unitenews.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/cops-used-as-mcdonalds-private-security-guards-says-unite-union/

McStrike Linwood photos https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151840912302345.1073741833.548682344&type=1

Mike Treen Speaks At Picket Against Mc Donalds

McDonalds Picket Unite Union http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=AE54nyYqP5c

Youth rates will take work from other young workers http://unitenews.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/youth-rates-will-take-work-from-other-young-workers/

McDonald’s Worker Speaks Out

Sid Vyas, Unite union Speaks Out

McDonalds strike protest today. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=537662396280323

Joe Carolan’s Post Picket Speech – Picket Against McDonald’s

Interviews With Some Protestors On The McD’s Picket Line https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssr4h58mgC0

McDonald’s staff set to strike http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/8614744/McDonalds-staff-set-to-strike

Unhappy NZ McDonald’s employees plan to strike http://www.franchise.net.au/news/unhappy-nz-mcdonald-s-employees-plan-to-strike

Maccas staff set to strike http://nz.finance.yahoo.com/news/maccas-staff-set-strike-180313307.html

McDonald’s worker told ‘don’t act gay’ VIDEO: http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/mcdonald-s-worker-told-don-t-act-gay-5424349

Joe Carolan on BFM http://www.95bfm.com/assets/sm/210924/3/joecmcds.mp3

Britomart McDonalds Occupied on Mayday

McDonald’s worker told by boss to ‘act less gay’ http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/mcdonald%E2%80%99s-worker-told-boss-%E2%80%98act-less-gay%E2%80%99010513

New Zealand: McDonald’s worker told ‘If you turn anyone else in the store gay, I will punish you’ http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/05/02/new-zealand-mcdonalds-worker-told-if-you-turn-anyone-else-in-the-store-gay-i-will-punish-you/

McStrike: Interview with Unite delegate Sean Bailey http://socialistaotearoa.blogspot.co.nz/2013/05/mcstrike-interview-with-unite-deledate.html

BFM Radio interview with SeanBailey http://www.95bfm.com/assets/sm/211052/3/SeanBailey-McDonalds.mp3

WORKRIGHTS NZ

FIRST living wage victory for retail workers http://firstunion.org.nz/content/first-living-wage-victory-retail-workers

Maritime Alert: Ports of Auckland dispute update 10 May 2013 http://www.munz.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/maritime_alert_10_may_2013.pdf

NZ workers under attack http://www.equaltimes.org/opinion/new-zealand-workers-under-attack

Why Cut Our Pay – Campaign Against the Latest ERA Changes http://union.org.nz/whycutourpay

Name the Date – Stop Work / Stop National http://socialistaotearoa.blogspot.co.nz/2013/05/name-date-stop-work-stop-national.html

Unionist slams ‘assault on workers’ http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/8602700/Unionist-slams-assault-on-workers

Government acts to cut wages http://www.odt.co.nz/news/business/255424/government-acts-cut-wages

Tiwai Pt owes workers millions http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/8642596/Tiwai-Pt-owes-workers-millions

Youth ‘starting out’ wage to come into effect http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/youth-starting-wage-come-into-effect-5422983

Supermarket workers protest pay cuts http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10880844

Introduction of Youth Rates Won’t Be Taken Lying Down http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1305/S00001/introduction-of-youth-rates-wont-be-taken-lying-down.htm

Forestry industry safety record under fire http://www.3news.co.nz/Forestry-industry-safety-record-under-fire/tabid/309/articleID/295819/Default.aspx

Green Party backs call for forestry inquiry http://www.greens.org.nz/press-releases/green-party-backs-call-forestry-inquiry

Pay gap between men and women slowly widening http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10880050

We don’t get fooled again http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1304/S00351/we-dont-get-fooled-again.htm

Laila Harre: National’s war on NZ Unions http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/04/30/nationals-war-on-nz-unions/

TEU: Possible new employment law removes workers’ right to choose http://teu.ac.nz/2013/04/possible-new-employment-law-removes-workers-right-to-choose/

Rail accident exposes staff cuts: union http://news.msn.co.nz/nationalnews/8655759/rail-accident-exposes-staff-cuts-union

CTU: Select Committee needs to listen to calls for an inquiry into forestry http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1305/S00103/select-committee-needs-to-listen-to-forestry-inquiry-calls.htm

Critical Pike River failings revealed http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/pike-river-mine-disaster/8638681/Critical-Pike-River-failings-revealed

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