Central Leader : April 1st 2011
5 CENTRAL LEADER, APRIL 1, 2011 TIMES ARE TOUGH, BUT THINGS This week the rights of all New Zealand workers are taking a hammering. From April 1st workers can be employed for 90 days with no right to appeal against unfair dismissal. Your boss can demand a sick note from you after only one day off work. And your right to meet with your own union in your own workplace may also be restricted. Things are already tough for workers. The cost of living has gone up by 4% and it's still rising. Unemployment has doubled. Now when you start a new job, or the business changes hands, under the new law you can be put on 90 days' notice. Since the law came in for small businesses two years ago, one in five new workers has been dismissed under the 90 days law. For workers, the choice is clear. If you want fairness at work, it's time to take action. Call your union or go to epmu.org.nz. IT'S NO JOKE. SHOW YOUR BOSS YOU MEAN BUSINESS For more information about what you can do in your workplace, contact your union organiser or EPMU at epmu.org.nz, freephone 0800-1-UNION (0800 186 466). JUST GOT TOUGHER EPMU0311--5* Latest on pensions Are you worried about what the future holds? Then go and hear retirement commissioner Diana Crossan talk about provision of the pension in Mt Albert. The talk is at the Mt Albert Senior Citizens Hall, 2 Wairere Rd, Mt Albert, from 10am on April 5. Teen thespians go global Going global: Arlo Gibson and Molly Tait-Hyland get to perform in the Globe Theatre. Photo: JASON OXENHAM By HANNAH SPYKSMA All the world s a stage for two teenagers who have been selected to perform at the Globe Theatre in London. Molly Tait-Hyland and Arlo Gibson are two of a handful of young thespians from around the country invited on a three-week trip to work- shop and perform at the prestigious theatre. Arlo and I just kind of ran around and jumped upanddown---itwasso awesome when we found out, Molly, a former Western Springs student, says. The duo will be going as part of the Shake- speare Globe Centre New Zealand contingent in July, involving 24 tal- ented Kiwi youth. The whole experience is really exciting. It s completely terrifying but exhilarating and I cannot wait to see what it s like to perform at the Globe, Arlo, a year 13 student at Western Springs College says. Selection has been an ongoing process, with both pupils finding out late last year that they were offered a place. Molly and Arlo com- peted in several theatre festivals on a local, regional and national level to be accepted. Molly and school friend Greta Gregory won the regional competition for a five-minute Shakespeare performance that flung them into the national category. Arlo was selected from the regional competition for his part in a 15-minute enactment of Mercutio s death scene from Romeo and Juliet. He went straight into the top pool of 48 youths from across the country. Candidates spent a week in Otago last Sept- ember, workshopping and performing with peers, where the tour group was whittled down to 24 people. Both say it s a once-in- a-lifetime opportunity, reaffirming the import- ance of Shakespeare in the theatre world and his broader significance. The stories in his plays are just astounding. The language is just beautiful, it s timeless and speaks to everyone, Arlo says. But now the challenge for the young theatre- goers is to secure enough money to get them half- way around the world. Each attendee must fundraise $7500 plus $650 personal expenses for the performance- based trip. Molly, who is leaving early to stay with family for a few months before- hand, is holding a fundraising evening this Saturday. Her performance, called Molly goes Globel, will be a showcase of act- ing and singing pieces from herself and well- known Auckland musicians and actors. Held at Western Springs College Hall, doors open at 6.30pm with performances starting at 7pm. Entry by koha. Molly says that 10 percent of the proceeds will also be given to the Christchurch earthquake relief appeal.
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