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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

RAT PATROL LAUNCH 12 NOON AOTEA SQUARE SAT FEB 28


On Saturday Unite Union is presenting the "Rat Patrol" to help fight
unfair sackings to the public in Aotea Square at 12 noon. Dozens of
people have volunteered to join an on-call squad to protest against
employers who sack people unfairly. They will be marching

A new law comes into force on Monday which allows workers in small
businesses to be sacked for any reason, or no reason at all, in their
first 90 days of employment. The law has been dubbed the 90-day fire
at will law by unions. Unite National Director Mike Treen says “The
Rat Patrol volunteers are telling employers that if the government
takes away peoples' right to legally challenge an unfair dismissal
then we have to take action outside the framework of the courts.” The
Rat Patrol is named in reference to a 6metre high inflatable rat the
Unite Union uses when picketing employers’ premises with a sign around
its neck saying "Don't be a rat: Give workers a fair deal”.

“We want as many volunteers as possible to join the Rat Patrol by
registering our website www.unite.org.nz “ said Mike Treen. “Our goal
is to have several hundred people registered as willing and able to
respond to appeals for help on short notice. There is loads of anger
in the community about the new law, and people love the idea of
bringing the giant inflatable rat to shame their own rat bosses.”

TO REGISTER AS A RAT PATROL MEMBER to join the emergency solidarity
pickets against unfair sackings GO TO http://unite.org.nz/?q=contact
OR EMAIL wewontpayforyourcrisis@gmail.com

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