New Zealand

New Zealand: Vineyard Workers Go Wildcat

New Zealand: Vineyard Workers Go Wildcat

On Friday 22 July some forty contracted pruners and wrappers went on strike against our contractor, Kiwi Bunkhouse, Ltd.

Diary of an anarchist hospo worker

Diary of an Anarchist Hospo Worker

An article by a member of the Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement looking at life in the hospitality industry.

Solidarity #16 - July 2011

Solidarity #16 - July 2011

The 16th issue of Solidarity, free newssheet of the Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement. Download the .pdf below (0.5MB), or visit the AWSM website to read the contents online.

Solidarity #15 - June 2011

Solidarity #15 - June 2011

The 15th issue of Solidarity, free newssheet of the Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement. Download the .pdf below (1.26MB), or visit the AWSM website to read the contents online.

New Zealand: Obscene Pay Rises For Bosses, Pay Cuts For Us

The anti-cuts budget day rally outside parliament in Wellington, May 19

The bosses of New Zealand’s biggest companies (including state-owned enterprises) received a massive average pay rise of 14% in the 2010 financial year. This has bumped up their already whopping salaries – some earn as much as $5 million per year – earned by profiting off our labour.

Remains to be seen: Tracing Joe Hill's ashes in New Zealand

Remains to be Seen traces the ashes of Joe Hill from their distribution in Chicago to wartime New Zealand. Drawing on previously unseen archival material, it examines the persecution of anarchists, socialists and Wobblies in New Zealand during the First World War. It also explores how intense censorship measures—put in place by the National Coalition Government of William Massey and zealously enforced by New Zealand’s Solicitor-General, Sir John Salmond—effectively silenced and suppressed the IWW in New Zealand.

The Progressive lockout and class struggle in Aotearoa-New Zealand

An article written in 2008 about a lockout of supermarket workers in New Zealand in 2006, looking at the role workers themselves played in the lockout, including some background to then state of class struggle in NZ.

Fournier, Sidney : New Zealand radical

Obituary for Sidney Fournier, New Zealand radical and organiser.

Rabble rousers and merry pranksters: A history of anarchism in Aotearoa/New Zealand from the mid-1950s to the early 1980s

Complete PDF of the only full book on anarchist history in New Zealand by Toby Boraman.

Looking back at anarchists and the 2006 Progressive Enterprises lockout

Locked out workers on the Mangere picket line

In August and September 2006, New Zealand was hit with the largest and most prominent industrial dispute experienced in the country for several years, when over 500 supermarket distribution centre workers were locked out for close to a month. Anarchists were involved in the nationwide campaign in support of the workers in a variety of ways.