NZ Herald 10 October 2013A Labour government would extend paid parental leave from 14 weeks to a minimum of 26, David Cunliffe told trade unionists yesterday in his first big speech since gaining the leadership a month ago.The adoption of extended paid parental leave as policy was among employment law changes Labour would embark on soon after becoming the government, Mr Cunliffe told the Council of Trade Unions conference in Wellington.Pledging to “scrap National’s unfair labour law changes in the first 100 days” of office, he took aim at National’s “fire at will” 90-day trial period for workers, youth rates, its “attacks on collective bargaining” and legislation “taking away smoko and lunch breaks”. “The Labour Government I lead will turn back the tide of anti-worker legislation that has been flowing like a river from the Key Government for the last five years. We will be a true red Labour party, not a pale blue one.”He said Labour would also extend paid parental leave from 14 weeks to a minimum of 26 weeks as set out in social development spokeswoman Sue Moroney’s member’s bill.Mr Cunliffe said extension of paid parental leave was earmarked for the first term of a Labour government, “but we don’t know exactly what the state of the books is going to be yet and we’re having to balance that with the need to be fiscally responsible, which we will be”.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11137680
A grand jury has indicted a former American Airlines mechanic who is accused of sabotaging a plane carrying 150 passengers at Miami International Airport.The grand jury charged 60 year old Ahmed Alani with willfully damaging, destroying or disabling an aircraft. If found guilty, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Although he wasn’t charged with a terror-related crime, prosecutors say Alani saved videos showing Islamic State propaganda, and made statements about wanting Allah to hurt non-Muslims and about a brother in Iraq who has links to ISIS. “You may be very sympathetic to terrorists,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Chris M. McAliley said during a bond hearing Wednesday.Alani allegedly said he wanted the flight to be delayed because he wanted overtime work, but investigators believe he had a more sinister plot. McAliley ordered Alani to be held without bond. Jen and Bill will be speaking with an airline expert later in the show about this and other cases concerning the flying public.