Ihumātao is a place that most people had not heard of until recently due to the escalation in protests on this land. At present there are approximately 1,500 people on the site, which has been cordoned off by the police.
Why is this protest being undertaken?
The maintenance workers responsible for safety checks on Auckland Transport passenger trains have been locked out for thirty days, from the 13 May, following industrial action. The dispute came about because of the difference in pay between the workers - contracted by spanish multinational CAF (Construcciones y Auxiliares de Ferrocarriles) - and Kiwirail workers. The technicians receive about $7000pa less than Kiwirail workers doing the same job.
Strike action was taken by over 50,000 teachers throughout New Zealand on 29 May to demand a 16 percent pay increase and improved working conditions. Their strike is the result of a breakdown in pay talks between the New Zealand Educational Institute, the Post-Primary Teachers Association; and the government Ministry of Education.
(Article reprinted from Socialist Appeal newspaper Autumn 2019. To buy a copy send us an email for further details)
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