Why Labour must learn from the past

The General Election is now set for Saturday 19 September 2020. The Labour Party was elected in 2017 using the slogan “Let’s do this” but they won’t be able to use “We’ve done that” this time. This is an issue that must be addressed.  The Labour-led coalition government which took office after nine years of National austerity, was met with optimism and enthusiasm. The trade unions took action hoping for better pay and conditions. They were backed by many young workers hoping for a better deal. Even the Prime Minister and the Education Minister addressed picket lines, mainly to plead patience, as they could not do everything at once, they said. However, patience has not been rewarded as far as workers are concerned.
 
We will analyse the campaign and the achievements of the current government in future issues. For now we wish to consider the lessons that can be learnt from past campaigns, starting with the very first.

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Hands off Ihumātao! No luxury homes for the elites!

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?

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Auckland Rail Maintenance Workers Locked Out. Support RMTU 13% Pay Rise Claim

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.

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Mega-strike in New Zealand as 50,000 teachers walk out

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.

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Labour led coalition must break with big business

(Article reprinted from Socialist Appeal newspaper Autumn 2019.  To buy a copy send us an email for further details)

With the Labour Party riding high in the polls at approximately 45%, and the National Party leadership in meltdown and beginning to fall in the polls, Labour voters have (quite rightly) high expectations of the Labour Party to deliver. Jacinda Ardern has said that the second year of the Labour-led coalition government will be about delivery and made vague platitudes about this in the media.

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