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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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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Miners Strike

Up to a thousand EPMU Solid Energy miners are entering their third week of industrial action as the stand-off over negotiations over multi-employer collective agreement.

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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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Dairy Workers Union Win Union Recognition

The month-long lockout of workers at Talleys-owned Open Country Cheese is over after workers have secured their goal of a collective employment agreement to cover their jobs. 

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