Oct 30

Official – John Key knows everything

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The US National Security Agency spying scandal in which the US agency is accused of tapping the mobile phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel won’t go away. It is also suspected of widespread spying on Spain, France and other nations. In the midst of all this stands one man who ‘knows’ the United…

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Aug 13

Is Corporate Corruption here to stay in NZ?

Posted by Dave Griffith

With two of New Zealand’s largest public transport organisations investigating separate allegations of corruption have we now reached the point of having to accept that corruption is here to stay? The Serious Fraud Office is waiting for the outcome of internal inquiries regarding contracts at Auckland Transport and KiwiRail. Auckland Transport has put…

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Mar 20

Court rules Talley’s worker not seasonal

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A Talley’s worker has won an employment case that could have significant implications for other New Zealand workers ¬†and their employers. Employment Court chief judge Graeme Colgan has ruled that Lynette Turner, who worked for Talley’s for 10 years at its Motueka fish-processing plant, was not a seasonal worker as the company claimed…

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Jun 12

NZ Job ads on the rise

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The number of jobs being advertised in New Zealand is on the rise, according to the Seek New Job Ad Index, which shows a 6.4 per cent year-on-year increase. Seek general manager Janet Faulding says the rise in job ads was nationwide. “This is an encouraging sign for the New Zealand labour market.…

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Jun 7

Women worked like ‘slaves’ for $40 a week

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Two Fijian women have described how for months they worked seven-day weeks for $40 in the home of a Wellington businesswoman who is charged with exploiting them. “I was just like a slave to them. I did not feel free at all,” one of the women said in a written statement, included in…

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Jun 7

A Telstra takeover of Telecom could mean massive job cuts

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Telstra could lay off more than half of Telecom’s 7000 staff and run most of the business from Australia if it launches a takeover bid for the company, says leading Australian telecommunications analyst Paul Budde. Budde said a takeover of Telecom by Telstra “made sense” and was a reasonable explanation for talks revealed…

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May 30

NZ Workers happier than Aussies – survey

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New Zealand workers are happier than their Australian counterparts, a survey says, despite being paid less and working longer hours. One researcher said it was proof New Zealand breeds “cheap and efficient” workers. The Regus survey found nearly half of New Zealand employees said they were working harder since the global downturn in…

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May 21

Kiwi Exodus to Australia tops 50,000 in last year

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The number of New Zealanders packing their bags and heading to Australia accelerated in April, with a new record number of annual departures at 53,462. Some 4,500 people left New Zealand for Australia in April for a net loss of 3,500 in the month, according to Statistics New Zealand. That took the annual…

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May 21

Living Wage Campaign Launched

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A campaign by the Service and Food Workers Union and supported by more than 50 organisations calling for all New Zealanders to be paid a ”living wage” will be launched ahead of this week’s Budget. The union is concerned there will be little in Thursday’s Budget for low-income New Zealanders. A living wage…

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Jan 12

NZ workers ‘too pessimistic’ about job market

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New Zealand workers are too pessimistic about the outlook for the job market, a business leader says. The latest quarterly Westpac McDermott Miller Employment Index shows employment confidence has hit its lowest level in over two years. The index fell 4.6 points in the December quarter, from 104.2 to 99.6. This is its…

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