New Zealand

Wobbly driplines: strikes, stowaways & the SS Manuka

Built in 1903 and wrecked off New Zealand’s southern coast in 1929, the Manuka was a floating fragment of class society—and of class warfare. This article uses the Manuka to tell the wider story of syndicalism, transnationalism, anti-militarism, and the IWW in Aotearoa New Zealand.

William E. Trautmann, New Zealand Wobbly

A biographical article by Mark Derby and Jay Miller of William E. Trautmann, an early and important member of the Industrial Workers of the World.

Election 2014: why Willy Wonka shouldn't win - Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement

As the elections in New Zealand approach, the anarchist Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement give a brief rundown of the different candidates in the running and look at what they do or don't offer for working class people.

Fighting war

NOTE: this has now been edited and released as a new pamphlet by Rebel Press (April 2016)

This article highlighted the anti-war agitation of anarchists and the IWW based in New Zealand during the period before, during and after the First World War.

Auckland McDonald's blockaded in pay and homophobia dispute

Around 30 trade union activists have today blocked entry to the Auckland branch of McDonalds. They are protesting against the dismissal of union delegate, Sean Bailey who had been sacked after exposing proof that McDonald’s had been underpaying workers millions of dollars and not giving them adequate breaks. His dismissal came shortly after being threatened by his manager who told him he would be disciplined if he didn’t act ‘less gay’.

Reds and Wobblies: working-class radicalism and the state in New Zealand 1915-1925

Talk presented at the National Library of New Zealand, 22 October 2013, by Jared Davidson about New Zealand's radical history. More images are available here.

Trunk, Johann Sebastian, 1850-1933

Johann Sebastian Trunk

Short biography of transnational anarchist Johann Sebastian Trunk, by Jared Davidson.

100 years of anarchism in New Zealand celebrated today

Philip Josephs

100 years ago today, 9 July, the Freedom Group was formed in Wellington, New Zealand.

The siege of Troy: Interview with a sex worker

An interview with a male sex worker, Troy, by a group of New Zealand anarchists.

Revolting kitchens: a worker's perspective on the food industry - Red Chef

An account of working life in restaurant kitchens by the Red Chef, a member of the Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement.