Mark Peck

Why do the Unions have so much Sway over Labour? Ctd

Yesterday we looked at how little money the Union movement has given to Labour, yet they remain captured by the Unions who don’t pay for Labour’s upkeep.

Today we look at whether unionists are electable, and whether union leaders can win over the middle New Zealand.

If the union movement’s best and brightest were able to win seats from National they would be valuable to Labour as good vote winning candidates.

So over the past 20 years which union reps have won National seats?

This is a bit of an unfair question because Labour have been so useless that they have not won National seats in any number since 2002. In 2014 Stuart Nash won the vacant Napier seat. In 2011 Damien O’Connor, famous for his “gaggle of gays and self serving unionists” won back the West Coast seat he had lost at the previous election. Two good keen men but they are not from a union background.   Read more »

Wellington Council faces living wage blowout

The stupid politicians in Wellington who handed over their wage negotiations to Rev Charles Waldegrave are now facing the prospect of a massive blowout in the wages bill after the Rev. Charles Waldegrave decided to unilaterally increase his Living Wage assessment.

Wellington City Council is facing a budget blowout on its living wage policy, just two months after becoming the first council to adopt it.

Councillors voted 9-5 in December to adopt the living wage for its staff at a rate of $18.40 an hour. But Living Wage Aotearoa, the group that sets the rate, has now raised it to $18.80.

Andy Foster, who voted against the living wage in December, said the increase would lift the wage bill for the 400 staff directly employed by the council by $332,000 a year.

But he warned that figure could blow out to as much as $5 million if it was extended to people working for council-controlled organisations and on council contracts, and if relativity adjustments were made for other staff.

“These are big numbers,” he said.

The latest rise highlighted his philosophical concern that the council had effectively handed control of staff pay-setting to an outside organisation.  Read more »

Mark Peck voted for Living Wage, but won’t be paying it to his own staff

Wellington Council hypocrite, Mark Peck voted to implement the ‘Living Wage’ at an extra cost to ratepayers of $750,000, but when asked to extend it to his own staff h point blank refused.

It wasn’t within the rules, but new councillor Nicola Young attempted to make a point about the living wage with an amendment yesterday.

Before voting against the living wage plan, Ms Young tried to move “that all councillors who support implementation of the living wage assure us that they will pay the living wage to their employees – including cleaners, baby-sitters, gardeners – with the same implementation date as Wellington City Council”.

The move followed fellow fresh councillor Mark Peck – who supported the living wage – admitting that he did not pay all his hospitality staff $18.40 – “and I won’t”.  Read more »

Mark Peck & The Living Wage

Appears Mark Peck’s backer, Grant Robertson, is backing the living wage decision by the Wellington City Council.

Of course these changes will be worn by the ratepayer.

Local Wellington MPs, Grant Robertson and Annette King, today congratulated the Wellington City Council on its decision to become a Living Wage employer in principle, and for Wellington to be a Living Wage Capital.

“This is a great step forward for low paid workers in our capital city. As Labour Wellington City Councillor Paul Eagle said, this is about Wellington City taking a leadership role in addressing inequality and poverty.  Read more »

Is Mark Peck paying his staff more now?

So, Mark Peck is standing for council in Wellington, he has Grant Robertson as his authorised person and is standing under a Labour banner all the while sharing an office that the taxpayer is funding. I just love how the left-wing rolls.

Funny though, since Grant’s his electorate agent…I wonder if they have resolved his disagreement over Labour’s plan for a $15 minimum wage.

He pays above minimum wage to all his nine staff, although “not a lot in some cases”. The critical issue is the level the wage is set, he says.

“What I’ve learnt  is that in an industry with low margins, wage costs are very significant. I just don’t think people understand the effect a $15 minimum wage would have on businesses like this. Prices would have to go up.”

And, if prices go up, customers already feeling the economic squeeze, change their spending habits. Instead of ordering off the menu, they buy cheaper pre-made food out of the cabinet. Or they eat out less. the result: less profit for the owners; less money to employ staff.”

That was before Labour upped the bribe to make it a living wage at $19 an hour.

So Mr Peck, you’re running under a Labour banner – are you paying your staff $19 an hour now?

Of course, Grant Robertson’s office has come to my attention before.

Labour goes where John Key fears to tread

One of the reasons Maurice Williamson didn’t stand was John Key’s and National’s reluctance to use the National party brand in local body elections.

Labour has no such qualms, going so far as to even have their Deputy Leader authorise candidates campaign materials including their Facebook page.

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It’s interesting that Labour’s candidate for Wellington City Council’s Lambton ward, Mark Peck, is having his advertisements and Facebook page authorised by Grant Robertson MP – at his constituency office address (220 Willis Street).

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Aren’t constituency offices funded by Parliamentary Services and, if so, is that a valid use of taxpayers’ funds?

Robertson’s website states his electorate office is at 220 Willis Street.

Random Impertinent Questions for Celia Wade-Brown and the Greens

  1. Is the cycling Mayor of Wellington really an Independent?
  2. Why did Green Party leaders, Russel Norman & Metiria Turei pay her an unexpected visit in early April?
  3. Was the visit linked to Celia’s confession that she, and her ‘flat earth’ councillors, didn’t have “our hands not on the steering wheel” because they didn’t know about the 150 jobs axed in early April from WCC’s CityOperations division?
  4. Or that the electric-cycling Mayor was unaware that the renovations of her temporary office were budgeted to cost $350,000?
  5. How can Celia be so out of touch with reality?
  6. Was Russel and Metiria’s visit just an excuse to sip green tea and organic biscuits?
  7. Or did they tell Celia that her clumsy screw-ups could cost the Greens the 2014 General Election.
  8. So what’s so Independent about a mayor that gets a visit like that?  Read more »

Kiwi twist to Nigerian scam

[Imported from Whale Oil Beef Hooked on Blogger]

I saw this article the other day and thought to myself, ha ha ha now the Nigerians can accept EftPOS and Credit Cards for their scams.

“So what we’ve done is work with this company in Sydney made up of several Nigerians living in Australia but [who] have very high level contacts to Interswitch in Lagos, and into the political arena in Nigeria.”

I bet they are high level….just imagine the Nigerian emails now.

Date

FROM: Mr. Ben Ahore
Central Bank of Nigeria
Lagos, Nigeria
[Phone Number]

TO: D. Umbass
Address

Dear Sir:

I have been requested by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company to contact you for assistance in resolving a matter. The Nigerian National Petroleum Company has recently concluded a large number of contracts for oil exploration in the sub-Sahara region. The contracts have immediately produced moneys equalling US$40,000,000. The Nigerian National Petroleum Company is desirous of oil exploration in other parts of the world, however, because of certain regulations of the Nigerian Government, it is unable to move these funds to another region.

You assistance is requested as a non-Nigerian citizen to assist the Nigerian National Petroleum Company, and also the Central Bank of Nigeria, in moving these funds out of Nigeria. If the funds can be transferred to your name, in your United States account, then you can forward the funds as directed by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company. In exchange for your accomodating services, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company would agree to allow you to retain 10%, or US$4 million of this amount.

However, to be a legitimate transferee of these moneys according to Nigerian law, you must presently be a depositor of at least US$100,000 in a Nigerian bank which is regulated by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

If it will be possible for you to assist us, we would be most grateful. We suggest that you meet with us in person in Lagos, and that during your visit I introduce you to the representatives of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company, as well as with certain officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

If you are unable to meet in person, then not to worry we have now obtained very good EFTPOS technology from much good New Zealand company and can now accept credit card transaction over the Interweb.

Please call me at your earliest convenience at [Phone Number]. Time is of the essence in this matter; very quickly the Nigerian Government will realize that the Central Bank is maintaining this amount on deposit, and attempt to levy certain depository taxes on it.

Yours truly, etc.

Ben Ahore