Giant US-based food processing company Mondelez announced on Thursday that it plans to close its confectionery-making plant ‘Cadbury’ in Dunedin at the end of the year, leaving over 350 workers without jobs. There is no good reason to close the plant. It turns a profit every year. Continue reading
Most of our elected officials want to do the right thing. They want everyone to have a reasonable standard of living. But they are being led astray. Corporate heads tell our politicians that they can help with this, and our politicians believe them.
These corporate heads have got national and local politicians of every stripe falling over themselves to assist their corporations to make money in New Zealand, in the mistaken belief that their corporations are going to make money for New Zealanders. Continue reading
What’s cooking in our hospital kitchens? Not much if Compass Group has anything to do with it.
Compass Group has convinced the now-disbanded crown entity, Health Benefits Ltd, that outsourcing hospital food services to them nationwide will result in substantial savings for inadequately funded District Health Boards. Health Benefits Ltd in turn put pressure on District Health Boards to outsource to Compass Group. And apparently charged them for the privilege of doing so. For example Southern District Health Board will have to pay $230,000 towards the cost of developing the proposal even if it decides not to outsource. Continue reading
Paula Bennett’s press release this week has sparked fears that the elections will descend into a beneficiary-bashing fest.
New Zealand was one of the first countries to embrace a social welfare system and has always been well regarded internationally because of that. It is one of our greatest achievements, along with being the first to give women the vote and declaring our nation nuclear free.
The recognition that the state should not just be there in the case of unexpected misfortune, but actively promote the welfare of all citizens, was innovative and visionary. It is what defines New Zealand as a great place to live. It means that we are all equal. Everybody can participate in the things that we all enjoy. Continue reading
There has been very little constructive debate on the value to New Zealanders of the government’s $40 million odd dollar contribution to the recent America’s Cup campaign and plans to sink more money into the next challenge. The argument that the jobs created during the building of the yachts and flow on economic benefits far exceeded the government’s contribution seems to have been taken at face value.
The Alliance Party concedes that boat building on this scale creates well paid skilled jobs. We would like to see more of this type of work for New Zealanders. But that does not necessarily mean the government money was well spent. Continue reading
Solid Energy is going down the gurgler, NZ Post is trying to get out of delivering mail, KiwiRail is closing railway lines and ordering all its new stock from offshore, and Mighty River Power is throwing money at exploration work in Chile – $250 million to date and growing – desperate to find a viable geothermal field to exploit Chileans facing power price hikes because of drought conditions.
What do all these entities have in common? They’re all State Owned Enterprises working against the best interests of New Zealand. Continue reading
The Alliance Party says the announced closure of Hillside railway workshops cannot be justified on cost grounds at the same time as KiwiRail is pumping cash into corporate salaries. Continue reading