- Workers Party Press Release
As the recession bites, workers are again carrying the heaviest burden.
The layoffs just announced at Silver Fern Farms’ Belfast plant are another sign that the current parties have nothing left to offer workers. The Workers Party thinks jobs for all should come before profits for private companies and supports action by workers to keep their jobs, including occupations of workplaces threatened with closure.
As a first step, the Workers Party of New Zealand will abolish GST because it is a regressive tax that hits workers particularly hard.
We are launching our Christchurch Electoral campaign at 7pm on Monday July 28th. The campaign launch will be held in the WEA at 59 Gloucester St.
The Workers Party is standing two candidates in Christchurch electorates: secondary school teacher and former meat worker Paul Hopkinson in Christchurch East and retail worker and student Byron Clark in Christchurch Central. We also have candidates standing in Auckland and Wellington.
If elected, WP candidates have pledged to use their parliamentary resources to support workers’ struggles and campaigns. Workers Party policy is that candidates accept a skilled worker’s wage for themselves. The remainder of the inflated MP’s remuneration will contribute to a fund to support such struggles.
The Workers Party is a party of workers, for workers. We are campaigning for the complete freedom of movement for workers through a policy of open borders, and for freedom from all anti-democratic laws such as the Terrorism Suppression Act, the Electoral Finance Act and the current Bill to amend the Immigration Act. The Workers Party stands for jobs for all, a shorter working week and no restriction on the right to strike. The Workers Party also aims for a workers’ republic.
The Workers’ Party intends to be registered on the party list, giving every voter in the country the opportunity to vote for a party that stands firmly for workers.