Photos: Hikoi and meatworkers solidarity

April 29, 2012

The hikoi is showing that tangata whenua are in the forefront of the struggle against asset sales and privatisation. One aspect of the hikoi is the unity between the locked-out meatworkers (employed by Talleys-AFFCO) and others who are opposed to asset-sales and privatisation. This was apparent in the north, where workers employed at the Moerewa plant joined in large numbers. Then again in the Waikato workers from the Horotiu plant have played an important role and received support and acknowledgement from the hikoi. The Talleys-AFFCO workers are now in the ninth week of the lockout.


29/04/12 MWU members rallying


28/04/12 Frankton market the day before the hikoi got to Hamilton. Our mate from a locked-out family, Gareth from Mighty River People’s Power (and MANA), and Becky Broad, Workers Party national organiser (and MANA).


29/04/12 Collecting the koha.


29/04/12 Meatworkers presence at Garden Place, Hamilton.

Copyright as theft

April 29, 2012

1980s campaign against home-taping

In the March issue of The Spark an article about Kim Dotcom (available online at ended with the words “Discussing ways in which content creators can be remunerated fairly for their work, and also about how the boundaries between creative work and other forms of labour can be broken down are beyond the scope of this article, but they are discussions worth having.” This article by Joel Cosgrove takes a look at some of those issues. For further background reading see ‘Copyright – A Marxist perspective’ at or in the June 2011 issue of The Spark.

Copyright is a cultural battleground. While there is something new in the scale and the breadth of this “issue” at its heart it is just a continuation of a struggle between capitalists and consumers that has extended from sheet music, radio, to records, VHS tapes, CDs and the humble MP3.

Part of the problem is that within capitalism, property and possessions are framed around what people can purchase as opposed to what people actually need. We are all familiar with this situation, most of the time, most people knowingly unknow this. We see things in front of us and for a number of reasons find it easier to put it aside than face the consequences of calling out the emperors’ new clothes. Read the rest of this entry »


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