Us &Them

What Bankers!

What do you give a failed Wall Street bankers that have been bailed out by the tax payer? If you think the sack then think again. According to The BBC Wall Street bankers bonuses for 2009 have gone up a whopping 17% or US$ 20.3 billion. Just mention this to your boss when next negotiating pay!

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Kick the Nats Out in 2010!

As the year closes and another one begins, and we rush off to the beach for our summer holidays, now is  a good time to reflect on the brief reasons why it would be good to kick the Nats out in 2010!

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CTU 10th Biennial Conference Report

The Council of Trade Unions (CTU) held its biennial conference in Wellington, New Zealand, on October 21st and 22nd, 2009.

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Socialist Appeal opposes privatisation of ACC

The proposed opening up to competition of the ACC work account ( the part paid by employers for workplace accidents) is the first step in the privatisation of the state run accident insurance scheme.  The Minister of ACC, Nick Smith, is scaremongering when he says that the ACC scheme is financially unsustainable.  Such “smoke and mirror” statements by Nick Smith bears no serious scrutiny as the basic fact that more is collected in levies than is paid out!  To qualify this ACC has $11 billion in reserves and last year collected $1 billion more than it spent on claims.

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Labour Goes Back to “Core Values”

The recent national conference of the Labour Party – held after their recent defeat in the elections – produced some interesting controversy around the question of what Labour should do if it gets back into office. The ideas of Marxism were present in the debate.

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