Public Sector Budget Cuts Militant Action Needed to Defend the Public Sector

According to the PSA “Budget 2010 does little to improve prospects for public sector workers and delivery of public services... expect further restructuring tighter restraints and the steady erosion of public services. Job losses will continue....”

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Mall Workers Strike for Union Rights and Pay Rise

Labour history has been made. New Zealand has had it's first Mall workers strike. Workers in JB Hi-Fi in Albany, organised with the Unite Union, were on strike for better pay and against a culture of bullying and intimidation against union members.

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The Class War Steps Up

In December 2009 the unemployment rate reached 7.3% of the work force (or 169,000 people), the highest rate in sixteen years. 

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New Zealand Perspectives 2010

New Zealand Perspectives 2010 should be read in conjunction with previous years’ perspectives documents (New Zealand Perspectives 2008 & 2009) as they are a continuation from them. In addition these perspectives should be read in conjunction with the latest World Perspectives analysis and associated material from the International Marxist Tendency (IMT) and Socialist Appeal NZ.

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No to Hikes in GST

Technically it can be argued that the recession is over in New Zealand.  However, for the vast majority of workers this simply isn't the case.  Unemployment is still rocketing up with another 13% claiming the dole in December2009.  Youth unemployment is very high indeed.  The government's lack lustre response is to allow a whole generation to rot as they do nothing.


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