Thursday, 19 February 2009


From March '09 workers in small businesses will be able to be sacked for any reason, or no reason at all, in their first 90 days of employment. The RAT PATROL has been launched by unions and community groups to make sure no worker get unfairly dismissed under the new law. 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. Come along over the next few weeks to give us a hand with the leaflets and sign-ups to build our day of action on February 28. We had a fun but wet day out with the RAT PATROL at Mangere Market on Saturday. This weekend there are a few activities planned, but it's essential that you let us know which ones you will come to in advance, so please email or text 0210 358 513. Saturday 21 Feb - Otara market meet 9am at Unite office, or 10am at Otara market. Saturday 21 Feb - Rock in the Park, Three Kings Reserve, off Mt Eden Road (Albert Road end) from 2pm Sunday 22 Feb - Avondale Market - meet 9am at Unite Office or 10 at the market. Monday 23 Feb - 6pm Unite office 6A Western Springs Road, planning meeting. REGISTER AS A RAT PATROL MEMBER to join the emergency solidarity pickets against unfair sackings. Our goal is to have several hundred people registered as willing and able to respond to appeals for help on short notice. Register with your email address and/or mobile number for text messages. TO REGISTER GO TO OR EMAIL DOWNLOAD THE POSTER FROM FEB 28: JOIN THE RAT PATROL AGAINST UNFAIR DISMISSALS: On Saturday February 28th come out on the streets to show Auckland that the Rat Patrol will be on hand to deal with unfair dismissals. Downloadable poster here:

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