100 members of the Meat Workers Union are facing the Christmas holiday on the picket lines after being locked out at the Marton ANZCO Canterbury Meat Processors (CMP meatworks).
For the Labour Party the 2011 general election defeat was the worst since 1928. The main factor for this was the historic low turnout as many workers stayed at home and were not enthused enough by the right-wing leadership of the Labour party to go out and vote. The turn out was down from (what was considered then a low turnout) 79.46% at the 2008 general election to 73.83%. This was the lowest turnout since 1878!