Solidarity statement

October 7, 2009

In light of attacks on activists by Victoria University, the Workers Party has recieved this solidarity statement from Georgina Morrison, co-convenor of the Young Greens. Click here for more information.

“Engaging in peaceful protest is a fundamental human right” (Helen Clark) and I’m disgusted at the excessive harshness shown by Victoria University’s actions.

New Zealand has a proud history of leaders who have stood up for their beliefs. Historical protests to keep New Zealand nuclear-free, homosexual law reform and women’s suffrage are but a few of those which have advanced New Zealand’s progressive thinking.

However, the university’s ongoing actions to persecute the rights of their students to protest and express free speech is draconian and a bullying tactic from an institution that has forgotten they exist instead of merely to create profits.

Victoria University should be ashamed that it has resorted to intimidating and threatening measures to bully citizens from their right to free speech.

Vestas: Timeline of an occupation

October 7, 2009

The occupation of Vestas wind turbine factory on the normally conservative Isle of Wight (IoW) in Britain is an inspiration to all workers facing redundancy. Reprinted from, here is the story so far…

28 April: After telling workers, in 2008, that they planned to re-fit the factories in 2009 to produce larger blades with a better production process, the Danish based multinational Vestas announces instead that it will close the IoW wind turbine blade factories, the only such factories in Britain.

15 June: Socialist activists from the group Workers’ Liberty arrive in the IoW to start leafleting and talking to workers about the Vestas factory closure and ways to resist it.

3 July: Anti-capitalist environmentalists from Workers’ Climate Action (WCA) and the local Trades Council call a public meeting to discuss campaigning against the closure of the Vestas factories. Read the rest of this entry »

Nepal - Ripe for Revolt

October 7, 2009

Alistair Reith The Spark October 2009

Since the resignation of the Maoists from government earlier this year, Nepal has been engulfed in political turmoil. Maoist members of the Constituent Assembly have been protesting and preventing the parliament from operating. Rallies, strikes and clashes between supporters of different parties have become a part of everyday life, and the leadership of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) has been making increasingly loud and frequent threats of a ‘people’s revolt’.

The Maoists continue to alternate demands for a national government to be formed under the leadership of their party with threats of revolt if this does not happen. They also assure that the formation of a new national government will be a means for them to move towards full-blown popular revolt. Vice-Chair of the party (which has recently adopted a system of multiple vice-chairs and a more collective form of leadership) Baburam Bhattarai stated that there is “no alternative” to a Maoist-led government. He said that if this does not happen, it will be impossible to move forward with the peace process and the drafting of a new constitution. Read the rest of this entry »

PFLP campaign update

October 7, 2009

Mike Walker and Paul Hopkinson

The Workers Party’s ongoing solidarity campaign with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) is a concrete campaign through which progressive New Zealanders can support the people of Palestine and participate in the struggle against imperialism. Imperialist countries continue to seek to dominate resources in the developing world, extracting super profits at the expense of people. Read the rest of this entry »


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