An Auckland woman, Folole Muliaga, recently died in New Zealand
because she could no longer run her oxygen machine which kept her alive, the
reason being the electricity company Mighty River Power cut off her supply
because of a NZ$168.40 arrears. A clear example that services run for profit
surface New Zealand
is â€œboomingâ€ but it is doing so at the expense of the working class. It is not
surprising that under such conditions trade union membership has significantly
increased and strikes over collective agreements and pay have broken out.
One year since the massive
mobilisations against the introduction of draconian anti-trade union laws, the
workers of Australia today showed their determination to keep the struggle
alive. Over 250,000 turned out across Australia in rallies to protest.
After 28 days of being locked out workers belonging to the National Distribution Union (NDU) and the Engineering, Printing & Manufacturing Union (EMPU) at the 3 Progressive Enterprises supermarkets depots have won pay parity across all depots within the next 18 months in one of the bitterest dispute seen in New Zealand in a generation.
The recent Queensland
election was called against a backdrop of crisis in the public health system
and problems with water and electricity supply. The choice was between between
a right-wing Labor party and the avowedly anti-worker policies of the
Wages are abysmally low for supermarket workers in New Zealand.
Recently the National Distribution
Union organised a 48-hour stoppage. The bosses reacted with a lock-out. This
has only served to strengthen the resolve of the striking workers. Send
messages of solidarity and protest.