Rape Culture

So there has been a bit of discussion over the last few weeks about whether we have a rape culture in NZ or not. Paula Bennett the Minister responsible for sexual violence denied rape culture in NZ “I wouldn’t say that we’ve got a rape culture or a sexual violence culture in New Zealand. Actually […]

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Government undermines women’s work conditions – part A

The Government has recently reported to the United Nations on the progress New Zealand has made towards gender equality and women’s empowerment over the last twenty years. In the report they point out that ‘changes to the Employment Relations Act 2000 have had positive impacts on working conditions for women’. These positive changes include Part […]

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Giving money to beneficiaries – if only.

Yesterday in another attempt by the government to distract us from their rapidly accumulating list of dodgy deals they announced a $3000 relocation grant to beneficiaries who can get a confirmed job offer for over 91 days in Christchurch. This seems to be a very poorly thought out response to a genuine problem in Christchurch. It shows us what happens when […]

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All New Zealanders deserve to live in dignity – stories from the frontline of Work and Income

Over the last week or so several very brave people have shared their experiences online of the challenges they are experiencing dealing with Work and Income. It is important to acknowledge how brave it is to share these experiences when the government has continued to characterise people requiring income support as work shy, drug taking, […]

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Protection for migrant workers – bad legislation to address a real problem

Today we heard submissions on the Immigration Amendment Bill. The primary purpose and the flagship of this bill is making the exploitation of migrants on a temporary entry visa with work conditions an offence and making the employer liable for deportation. Previously, these sections covered only unlawful workers. It will enable employers who exploit workers […]

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