The National Party announced at its Annual Conference what Russel Norman described as “setting employment relations in New Zealand back two decades”. If passed the changes will take away workers' rights, remove protections, cut pay, reduce holidays and diminish access to sick leave. The NZ Council of Trade Unions is leading a fightback against these proposals, and has the full support of the Green Party. There will be lots to do - submissions to write, rallies and marches to attend, and industrial action to support – if we are to defeat these attacks on workers’ rights
The Government has introduced a Supplementary Order Paper 85 (SOP 85) to the Crimes Amendment Bill (No 6). It is a first step towards allowing massive interception of electronic communications by our security and intelligence organisations.