Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement

New Zealand: Secondary School Teacher's Strike

New Zealand: Secondary School Teacher's Strike

On September 15th over 1,000 teachers and supporters from Wellington, Hutt Valley and Kapiti Coast marched from Wellington High School to Parliament as part of a national one day strike action. The strike was called in support of teachers’ claims for a 4% wage increase an improvement in working conditions and opposition to such measures as the 90 Day Act.

New Zealand: A Mini Strike Wave?

If you believe the media, there seems to be heaps of unruly workers going out on strike at the moment. And yes, it appears so – the recent teachers’ strike of up to 16,000 surpasses the total number of workers going out nationwide in 2008 and 2009 put together! (8,950 in 2009 and 4993 in 2008).

Solidarity #13 - October 2010

Solidarity #13 - October 2010

The 13th issue of Solidarity, free newssheet of the Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement. Download the .pdf below (1.37MB), or visit the AWSM website to read the contents online.

Contents:

* Amongst The Rubble
* A Mini Strike Wave?
* Teacher's Strike
* Direct Action vs Burger Fuel
* News Briefs
* Upcoming public events

Behind the spectacle of The Hobbit

One of the most popular products exported from New Zealand has been the atmospheric Lord of the Rings films. They invoke images of a far off land called Middle Earth complete with massive mountains, panoramic landscapes, and furry wee Hobbits fighting the evil Dark Lord. The next film based in the same fantasy world, The Hobbit, is to be shot in NZ next year.

New Zealand: Workers Rally Nationwide

Saturday August 21st saw thousands of workers rally in the main centres across New Zealand against the National Government's proposed changes to employment laws. The Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement has previously produced a backgrounder to the attacks - Workers Set To Face More Attacks - and some ideas for resistance - Let’s Kill The Bill!

Solidarity #12 - September 2010

Solidarity #12 - September 2010

The eleventh issue of Solidarity, free newssheet of the Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement. Download the .pdf below (1.1MB), or visit the AWSM website to read the contents online.

Contents:

* Workers Rally Nationwide
* NZ Soldier Dies For Tyranny
* Abortion On Demand? Not In New Zealand
* Upcoming public events

New Zealand: Mana Coach Services Strike

On August 31st drivers employed by Mana Coach Services went on strike at the depot outside Paraparaumu Station, an hour north of Wellington, New Zealand. The workers took the strike action after the company refused to budge on wage rates, despite the Tramways Union reaching a settlement of 11.5% over two years with two other companies in Wellington.

Solidarity #11 - August 2010

The eleventh issue of Solidarity, free newssheet of the Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement. Download the .pdf below (1.1MB), or visit the AWSM website to read the contents online.

Contents:

* The Fightback Begins
* Beneficiaries Burn Bennet In Rotorua
* Workers Set To Face More Attacks
* On Pulling Sickies
* Upcoming public events

Interview: beneficiaries burn Bennett in Rotorua, New Zealand

Just like in 1991, New Zealand's governing National Party is attacking both the waged and unwaged wings of the working class at the same time. The Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement interviewed Paul Blair of the Rotorua Welfare Action Group about their response to National’s assault on beneficiaries (for example, by cutting emergency benefits and forcing many sickness and domestic purposes beneficiaries to work). They held an incendiary protest on July 12 in Rotorua.

New Zealand Workers Set To Face More Attacks

The National Government recently announced a series of new attacks on workers across New Zealand. The raft of proposed changes to the anti-worker Employment Relations Act (ERA, brought in by the previous Labour Government in 2000) and the Holidays Act will serve to further cut job security, wages and conditions for hundreds of thousands of workers in both the public and private sectors.