Written by Socialist Appeal Industrial Correspondent
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.
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.
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.