GPJA #479: Unions Auckland on how to vote




If you missed the live stream of the Wellington public meeting opposing the National-led Government’s Telecommunications Interception Bill tonight we will have video on demand available here on The Daily Blog on Tuesday September 24. – See more at:


Max Rashbrooke will be touring parts of New Zealand in September talking about New Zealand’s rising income inequality. Max is the editor of a highly acclaimed new book Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis. Please click on the links here for more information on each regional event:

Nelson: Friday 27 September, 7.30pm. Venue: Victory Community Centre, 2 Totara Street, Nelson. Supported by Page & Blackmore Booksellers

Note we do not require a RSVP to attend these events.

Max Rashbrooke’s tour is supported by the J. R. McKenzie Trust and the BWB Publishing Trust. Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis was published with the support of the New Zealand Council for Christian Social Services.


The deadline is approaching for the Bruce Jesson Foundation journalism prize competition, offering funding for high-quality critical journalism. The 2013 competition opened as recent winner Max Rashbrooke unveiled a new book supported by his Jesson award: Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis – and what we can do about it (Bridget Williams Books, 2013).

Entries for the 2013 Bruce Jesson Journalism Prizes are now invited both from self-nominating senior journalists and the Heads of New Zealand journalism schools. Entries will be assessed by members of the Foundation’s Journalism Sub-committee: Geoff Kemp (convenor), Camille Guy, Joe Atkinson, Simon Collins, and Jon Stephenson.

Details are available on the Foundation g.kemp). The DEADLINE for receipt of entries is 5pm, Monday, September 30, 2013.


  • Artful Transnational Tax Dodgers: Squeeze Them Until The Pips Squeak by Murray Horton
  • I’ve Had A Guts Full Of Lowlife Bludgers by John Minto
  • Roger Award Event: Wellington Put On A Great Night by Murray Horton
  • An Anti-Bullshit, Demystification Exercise by Murray Horton
  • Failure In Health & Safety Shows Lack Of Respect For Workers by Joe Fleetwood
  • NZ’s Workplace Health & Safety System “Not Fit For Purpose” by Victor Billot
  • An Unholy Alliance? Why One Union Is Teaming Up With The Face Of Foreign Capital by Alastair Duncan
  • The Business Of Inequality by Brian Easton
  • Justice For Poor Children A Long Time Coming by Susan St John
  • Throwing The Baby Out With the Bathwater: Asset Sales And The Decline Of Popular Control And Responsibility by Quentin Findlay
  • Blackmail & Corporate Welfare: Government Plays Monkey To Rio Tinto’s Organ Grinder by Murray Horton
  • An Economic Policy For A Post Neo-Liberal World: Escaping The Constraints Of Orthodoxy by Bryan Gould
  • A Contemptuous Process by Jane Kelsey
  • Outsourced! Privatisation Of State Power Extended To Treaty Negotiations by Jane Kelsey
  • The Idiot’s Guide To The GCSB by Liz Gordon
  • GCSB Bill A Threat To Anti-TPPA Campaigners by Jane Kelsey
  • Insurance, Potentially One Of Mankind’s Greatest Inventions! by Sarah Miles
  • Anchors by Fiona Farrell
  • Reviews by Jeremy Agar – Hidden Agendas: What We Need To Know About The TPPA by Jane Kelsey; Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis edited by Max Rashbrooke by Cybele Locke; Enough Is Enough by Rob Dietz and Dan O’Neill; Salt, Sugar, Fat by Michael Moss.
  • Living Wage Recommended For Organiser by Brian Turner


Wednesday, 6-8pm, September 25, Dance Studio, Toi Poneke, 61 Abel Smith St, Wellington.

You are warmly invited to a meeting on Denniston, the fossil fuels divestment movement, and the campaigning we can do in Wellington to urge financial institutions to divest from Bathurst. Bathurst is the Australian coal company who wants to turn the beautiful Denniston Plateau into an open cast mine.You are warmly invited to a meeting on Denniston, the fossil fuels divestment movement, and the campaigning we can do in Wellington to urge financial institutions to divest from Bathurst. Bathurst is the Australian coal company who wants to turn the beautiful Denniston Plateau into an open cast mine.


Facebook event:!/events/457375387709529/

Where: Entrance is from the rear of the Arts Centre – follow the signs!

Hosted by: Coal Action Network Aotearoa (CANA), and the Keep the Coal in the Hole Wellington network. 6:00 – 7:00pm: Speakers from CANA, and Forest and Bird 7:00 – 8:00pm: Facilitated discussion on what we can do here in Wellington. Come along if you are keen to get involved, or want to learn more. Koha appreciated for room hire (but it’s a free event)

About Denniston:

About divestment:The global divestment movement was initiated by the international climate action organization, Here in Wellington, it was launched by Bill McKibben at his Do the Math tour earlier this year.


For more information, please email coalactionnetwork

Thursday, September 26, 6pm to 7.30pm, Stone Lecture Theatre, Level 3, Law Shool Building, 9 Eden Crescent, Auckland CBD

“The Arms trade Treaty – will it curb the power of the gun?”. Chair: Treasa Dunworth, Associate Professor of Law, Auckland University. Speakers: Prof Alexander Gillespie, School of Law, waikato University; Grant Bayldon, Exec Director, Amnesty International; Barry Wilson, President, Auckland Council for Civil Liberties.

Friday, September 27, 6.30pm, Spectrum Threatre, BP House, Cnr Customhouse Quay and Johnson St, Wellington

The Importance of Making Social Documentaries. An exclusive talk by award winning documentary maker Bryan Bruce followed by an special screening of his latest work on inequality in New Zealand – “Mind the Gap”. Tickets $20 each includes refreshments. Get more information

Saturday, September 28, 2.30pm-4.30pm, Albert Park Band Rotunda, Auckland

Pro-Choice Picnic, (The Quad at Auckland Uni as a rain venue if it’s really horrible). Come along and celebrate how choice is it to be pro-choice (and mark the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion) at our Pro-Choice Picnic. There’ll be a stall with baked goods for sale, the Pro-Choice Highway stall making an appearance, and general fun times with quite a few awesome people. We’re more than happy to discuss the current (crappy) status of abortion in New Zealand law and how you can help us reform it. Brought to you by Auckland Pro-Choice People, Pro-Choice Highway, ALRANZ and our friends and supporters. BYO picnic blanket, food, (or buy from the stall), and non-alcoholic drinks. More info here on the Global Day of Action:

Wednesday, October 2, 1pm, Student Union Quad, Auckland University

“Publicly funded but privately run – who really runs the university?” Tertiary Education Union Rally and AUSA are calling for a public rally this Wednesday 2nd of October 1.00pm in the Student Union Quad. The rally is a joint action between the TEU and AUSA to bring attention to two key issues: The lack of serious Government investment in the tertiary sector; and The disturbing centralized style of management and the attack on student democracy and academic freedom at this university. The Rally theme will be “Publicly Funded, Privately Run – Who controls the University?” Speakers: MC is Martyn Bradbury; Speakers: Vernon Tava; John Minto; Jane Kelsey; Campbell Jones; Hannah Williams (AUPISA Rep). Free food will be available on the day.

Saturday, October 5, 4 pm, Trades Hall 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland

Jeremy Bally is Peddling for Papua. West Papua Action Auckland and Global Peace and Justice Auckland invites you to an event with Jeremy Bally a young Canadian who is “Peddling for Papua” through 7 Countries and 12,000 kilometres. Jeremy has been inspired by his visit to West Papua to tell the story of the West Papuan struggle for freedom from genocide and Indonesian occupation He offers a one man multi-media show which highlights the voices of West Papuan people. He will be cycling the North and South islands promoting awareness of the hidden conflict in West Papua.

Facebook event

Thursday, October 10, 5pm, BECA Auditorium, 21 Pitt Street, Auckland central

5.00 pm doors open (drinks and nibbles); 5.30 pm presentations; 7.00 pm event closes. Streets for People – Learning from New York. Paul Steely White – Executive Director Transportation Alternatives. Transportation Alternatives is a non-profit organization in New York City which seeks to change New York City’s transportation priorities to encourage and increase non-polluting, safer and calmer neighborhood streets, and city-friendly travel that decreases private car use. The organisation is committed to reclaiming New York City’s streets for people and ensuring every New Yorker has safe public spaces in which to walk and bike and access to public transport. Paul will share his first hand experience in the revitalisation of New York for place, people and active transport and take part in a conversation on key learnings for Auckland. Transportation Alternatives:

Wednesday, October 30, 6.30pm, Maidment Theatre, Alfred Street, Auckland University

Jesson Memorial Lecture: Rt Hon Sir Edmund Thomas on “Reducing Inequality – A Strategy for a Cause”. Bar opens at 5.30pm.


Witness a people’s revolution in action. The Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network’s 14th international solidarity brigade to Venezuela this December is a very special opportunity to observe, learn about and be inspired by the Bolivarian revolution that is transforming Latin America and challenging the greed and exploitation of global capitalism by showing that a better world is possible.

Brigade registration and costs

The registration deadline for the 2013 brigade is October 1, 2013. Accommodation, transport within Venezuela and English-Spanish translation throughout the brigade will be organised for all participants by the AVSN.

Participants will need to book their own international airfares. Please do not purchase your tickets before the registration deadline of September 1.

In addition to your international airfare, you will need to budget for approximately $1200. This will cover your brigade registration fee ($500 for waged workers or $350 for students/pensioners), and your food, transport and (shared) accommodation in Venezuela.

To register or for more information: EMAIL: brigades

December 7-13, 2013


The Festival is a unique opportunity to meet with youth and students from around the world to discuss how to advance social and political struggles today on an anti-imperialist axis. It will be held in Quito, Ecuador this December 7-13 and will be hosted by the Ecuadoran government. They are ready to receive thousands of young people. The 17th Festival was in Pretoria, South Africa in 2010 with some 12,000 participating. Discussion and debates will take place at the Festival on the fight against the consequences of imperialism and the worldwide capitalist economic crisis, the struggle for democratic rights and sovereignty, how to advance culture and education, and protect the environment. For more information email:

January 24-26, 2014

CLOSE THE WAIHOPAI SPYBASE NOW! Organised by the Anti-Bases Campaign, P.O. Box 2258, Christchurch. E-mail abc



Nominations are open for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa – New Zealand in 2013. Download a nomination form here


Candidates will be asked by communities to step up for a Living Wage at this year’s local body elections in Auckland, Wellington and beyond. The Living Wage Movement will hold seven meetings in Auckland with communities that want to see employees and contracted workers at Auckland Council paid a Living Wage. Living Wage Aotearoa NZ will join with the following Auckland communities to call for a Living Wage and to support other critical issues that really matter to their communities:

Pacific Communities @ Pacific Island Church Otara | October 4, 5-7pm

And for Wellington they are:

St Peters on Willis, 7-9pm, Monday, 23 September

Victoria University, 1pm, 25 September

Pacific Islander Presbyterian Church, Newtown, 2-4pm, Saturday 28 September


“BusinessNZ certainly understands that Working for Families is subsidising employers. Conversely they also understand that a worker on Working for Families, who does get a pay increase, actually gets nothing more as his/her Working for Families welfare is consequently reduced. So a worker could be forgiven for thinking, why do I try harder, work harder, get more skilled etc to get more wages only to have a corresponding cut in welfare payments or tax credits?” Alasdair Thompson



Gordon Campbell on Nick Smith’s latest steps to undermine river quality

Gordon Campbell on the Nick Smith saga, and the America’s Cup

Google hits out at Govt over spy bill

The “hard questions” of the antichoice movement

Coal Trumps Climate At Supreme Court

Police stranglehold on justice – victims

Beautiful Palestinian Resistance: An exceptional lucid 45-minute Radio New Zealand interview with Dr Rand Hazou, who is a Lecturer in Theatre at Massey University in Auckland. The interview on 17 September explored Rand’s interest in the theater and the role it played in the Asylum Seekers movement in Australia where the mainstream media tried to ignore the issue and/or take the government stand on it. Rand also explains how he got involved in the Palestinian theatre movement which plays a major role in fighting both the stereotyping of Palestinians and the pervasive attempts at denying proper expression of the Palestinian narrative regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Listen to replay at:

80% of countries use torture – New Zealand is one of them

Finally – an inspiring meeting on the campaign trail By John Minto – See more at:

MANA: Voices of resistance and rebellion from South Auckland

Student Voice under a National Spotlight

National’s delay to rail link will cost us half a billion (and counting) – See more at:

The America’s Cup con job

The Hrf’s Tim Mcbride On International Day Of Peace


State bosses pocket large salary rises

Thousands of Kiwi kids homeless,


Bryan Gould: Perils of a free market free-for-all


Dita De Boni looks at the TPP (3:52)

CTU: Some GDP growth – but jobs way behind

The jagged edges of the TPP by Vikram Kumar

Trade agreement threatens access to affordable medicines

Kiwis work longer but produce less


Living wage offers hope to low-paid workers

Former CEO for bosses now backs ‘living wage’

Government may step in on pay court case

Govt intervention in Pay Equity case no way to mark Suffrage Day

KFC policy lets it ditch disabled

KFC hates the disabled

Migrant workers exploited

Editorial: Workers must not be exploited

Court backs KiwiSaver ruling

Interview with Mike Treen: “The fundamental element was our confidence in the working class”

Working Safer : H&S Reforms Announced

Landmark gender pay equality ruling appealed

Jennifer Curtin: Winning women’s votes – 120 years on

The triumph of bullshit jobs – We were meant to be working less, and relaxing more. We’re not. And the rise in the meaningless jobs is to blame.


What do we want from a labour-led government By Mike Treen – See more at:

Hail To The Chief! Reviewing David Cunliffe’s First Moves. By Chris Trotter – See more at:

Cunliffe needs to commit to Left


Wobblies and Cossacks: The 1913 Great Strike

120 years of NZ Women’s Suffrage 19 September 1893-2013

Suffrage milestone, but work continues

Suffrage Day marked in New Zealand

Fight for equality remains 120 years on


“From 2009 to 2012, average real income per family grew modestly by 6.0% (Table 1). Most of the gains happened in the last year when average incomes grew by 4.6% from 2011 to 2012. However, the gains were very uneven. Top 1% incomes grew by 31.4% while bottom 99% incomes grew only by 0.4% from 2009 to 2012. Hence, the top 1% captured 95% of the income gains in the first three years of the recovery. From 2009 to 2010, top 1% grew fast and then stagnated from 2010 to 2011. Bottom 99% stagnated both from 2009 to 2010 and from 2010 to 2011. In 2012, top 1% incomes increased sharply by 19.6% while bottom 99% incomes grew only by 1.0%. In sum, top 1% incomes are close to full recovery while bottom 99% incomes have hardly started to recover.”

Cost Of War:

  • Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered In US War And Occupation Of Iraq “1,455,590”
  • Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’s War On Iraq: 4,883
  • Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 3,277
  • Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan – Total Cost of Wars Since 2001 $1,474,318,743,472


“BusinessNZ certainly understands that Working for Families is subsidising employers. Conversely they also understand that a worker on Working for Families, who does get a pay increase, actually gets nothing more as his/her Working for Families welfare is consequently reduced. So a worker could be forgiven for thinking, why do I try harder, work harder, get more skilled etc to get more wages only to have a corresponding cut in welfare payments or tax credits?” Alasdair Thompson

” The owners of this country know the truth… it’s called the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it!” – George Carlin

“I’ve always resented the smug statements of politicians, media commentators, corporate executives who talked of how, in America, if you worked hard you would become rich. The meaning of that was if you were poor it was because you hadn’t worked hard enough.” – Howard Zinn – You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train

“If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire.” – George Monbiot

“Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” – John Steinbeck

“The American Dream has become a death sentence of drudgery, consumerism, and fatalism: a garage sale where the best of the human spirit is bartered away for comfort, obedience and trinkets. It’s unequivocally absurd.” – Zoltan Istvan, The Transhumanist Wager


Capitalism, sexual violence and sexism

Beyond the Economic Crisis: The Crisis In Trade Unionism

On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs

Naming the Dead: A new Bureau project is recording the identities of people reportedly killed by CIA drones in Pakistan.


Capitalism Is The Crisis (Full Movie)

Anwar Shaikh: Structure of the Global Crisis – “the first great depression of the 21st century’


A recent interview with Naomi Klein has sparked a furious debate amongst activists on the right and left of the North American environmental movement. Chris Williams examines the critical issues involved, and their implications for the future of the movement as a whole, and of its growing ecosocialist wing in particular.

Auckland diocese to divest from fossil fuels

Agrarian Sovereignty and the Agrarian Question


America’s Afghan Victims – Even among staunchly antiwar politicians and pundits, few bother to mention the cost of the war to civilians.

How the US War in Afghanistan Fueled the Taliban Insurgency – Gen. Stanley McChrystal himself put it best: “Because of civilian casualties, I think we have just about eroded our credibility here.”


The business sector is finding its voice and the Government’s ear

Slaves of fashion: outworkers in the garment industry – See more at:

Still no justice for black deaths in custody

The fight for free information By Simon Butler – Leaks that promote the agenda of political leaders are never punished. About 1000 people packed the Sydney Opera House on September 16 for a public forum featuring Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning’s defense lawyer David Coombs, independent US journalist Alexa O’Brien and Australian academic Robert Manne. – See more at:


Killing in the name of Buddhism – Tom Fawthrop investigates what is behind Buddhist monks inciting attacks on Muslim communities in Myanmar.


In Vancouver, tens of thousands walk for sovereignty and justice for First Nations

Thousands march in Montreal against proposed ‘Charter of Quebec Values’

After Lac-Mégantic, further oil-by-train dangers exposed in Canada

First Nations leader calls on British Columbians to ‘take to the street’ to repel tar sands industry offensive


From the anti-coup front lines: Kirdasa: The Egyptian Hama – The military turns really ugly in Egypt


The German Election, 2013 – Interview with Katja Kipping, co-chair of Die Linke


Slain Greek anti-fascist rapper: ‘I won’t cry, I won’t fear’ – See more at:


A dark day in Caribbean history- Verdel Bishop reports on Bruce Paddington’s documentary on the Grenada revolution


Depleted uranium contamination still blights Iraq -A decade may have elapsed since the US invasion of Iraq but the depleted uranium it left behind continues to take its toll.


A People’s Assembly outside Irish parliament


Human rights group coordinator to be charged for screening controversial documentary


Mexican teachers expand strike – Todd Chretien reports on new efforts by teachers in Mexico to step up their struggle.


The Norwegian National Election: Europe’s Most Leftist Government Defeated by Right-Wing Coalition by Asbjørn Wahl and Roy Pedersen


Papua Ablaze! The Need for a Touch of Hearts

Starvation and poverty in Indonesia: civil society organisations appeal for suspension of MIFEE project in Papua pending redress for local communities


How Occupation Was Dressed Up as Peace – Interview with Ali Abunimah

Take action: Palestinian lawyer Anas Barghouti arrested by Israeli occupation

Facing imprisonment in Israeli Jails: A Palestinian Woman’s Testimony by Leena Jawabreh


Catalonia: Showdown with Spanish state looms after huge protest

Indefinite teachers’ strike provoked by language rights’ attack – See more at:


Why fruit is picked by migrant workers – The debate over the decision to scrap a seasonal workers’ scheme cuts to the heart of an ambiguity in conservatism Why fruit is picked by migrant workers

London’s rich get 18 more healthy years


Wealth inequality grows fives years on from Lehman collapse – See more at:

Jonathan Ferrell, Former Football Player, Killed by Police After Seeking Help Following Car Wreck

Gary Younge: The American dream has become a burden for most

Occupy Wall Street Returns To New York City Streets On Second Anniversary

“I Am Troy Davis”: Supporters, Family of Georgian Man Executed in 2011 Push to End Death Penalty

Puerto Rico and the Puerto Ricans – Versus – 115 Years of Yankee Imperialism and Colonialism By Professor Francis A. Boyle: Eight charges that I filed against the United States government for committing international crimes against the People and State of Puerto Rico.

U.S. Textile Plants Return, With Floors Largely Empty of People


Is Fight for 15 for Real? A hard look at the campaign by retail and fast-food workers to earn a living wage.

Is Fight for $15 making unions cool again?–Is-Fight-for-15-making-unions-cool-again

Household Incomes Remain Flat Despite Improving Economy

AFL-CIO Convention – Leaving Existing Members Behind? By Steve Early

Some Restaurant Owners Thought They Could Pull A Fast One On Their Workers. Wrong Move, Dudes.

Weisbrot: Restaurant workers deserve minimum wage, just like everyone else

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