August Discussion: Working Us Silly - Employment in New Zealand

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Jul 31 2010 05:09
August Discussion: Working Us Silly - Employment in New Zealand

The National Government has recently proposed sweeping changes to current employment law, with dire consequences for all workers of New Zealand (union membership or not). From the 90-day trial period to the denial of union access, these changes are the most recent in a long line of anti-worker conditions. As usual we are being squeezed at work, being pushed into more of it for less.

These changes have a historical precedent. Employment law and union access was given a major shake up in 1991 by the National Government of the time. The Labour Party has equally compromised workers rights, severely limiting the right to strike in 2000 – not to mention their hugely damaging policies of the 1980′s.

So what exactly are the proposed changes facing us today? How will they effect our working lives? And what kind of resistance can we take? What can we learn from the resistance of the past (and it’s failures)?

Join us for an open discussion on past and present working conditions and the means to resist them.

/////////////////// WEDNESDAY AUGUST 4 at the WEA (Workers’ Educational Association)
\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ 59 Gloucester Street (opposite the art gallery)
/////////////////// 7pm start — free entry

A good source on resistance to the 1991 Employment Contracts Act is ‘The Myth of Passivity: Class struggles against Neoliberalism in Aotearoa in the 1990s’ and is definitely worth checking out (download it here: )

The anarchist communist discussion nights take place on the first Wednesday of every month, and is organised by Beyond Resistance. All welcome!

cogg's picture
Joined: 27-07-10
Jul 31 2010 19:06

Jared, you don't actually say in what town the meeting is though I assume it's Christchurch.

Joined: 21-06-09
Jul 31 2010 23:03

Shit good point! I transferred it straight from Indymedia: Christchurch is the city, indeed.

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Joined: 18-03-06
Aug 1 2010 02:55

Looks good, hope the discussion goes well. The September discussion night up here in Welly (hosted by AWSM) will be on much the same topic so I'll be keen to hear what gets discussed at your event.