Posts Tagged ‘Benefits’

Pope challenged to practise labour justice at Vatican

Friday, May 27th, 2016
Francis renews sex abuse commission but does not reappoint Kiwi

Some lay workers at the Vatican think Pope Francis should put his own house in order in terms of employment justice before slagging off other bosses. Last week, Francis condemned employers who exploit workers through temporary contracts or by not offering health insurance. He called such employers “blood suckers” who turn people into “slaves of Read more

Universal benefits challenged

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

The Children’s Commissioner wants a rethink of universal services such as pensions and free children’s healthcare so more public spending can go to the neediest families. The commissioner, Hastings children’s doctor Russell Wills, hoped the Budget to start a national “conversation” about how to use limited public spending to best effect. “We need all taxpayers’ Read more

Benefit numbers confirm NZ split into ‘two nations’

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

New welfare benefit figures confirm that New Zealand is splitting into “two nations”, with big improvements in Auckland and Christchurch but most provincial areas lagging far behind. Benefit numbers have dropped by 6.9 per cent in Canterbury and by 6.2 per cent in Auckland in the year to March, well ahead of a national decline Read more