Fare strikes have seldom been used in New Zealand, but they are a creative form of industrial action that can build public support while putting direct economic pressure on the company.
The company imposed a lockout once it heard a fare strike was likely and has kept the workers locked out despite the drivers withdrawing their notice of a fare strike. The drivers are paid $13.50 an hour and are seeking an increase to $16 an hour.
The drivers’ pay is well below a living wage. The Council of Trade Unions is advocating a minimum wage of $16.30, as that is two-thirds of the average wage.
Support the locked out bus drivers: gather at the Transport Centre in Hamilton at 9.30am Monday 24 November.
For many years, official pundits proclaimed ‘the death of Marxism’. Marx and his ideas were a curio, possibly of some relevance in the 19th century but completely outmoded today, we were often told.
The current woes in the banking and finance sector, however, have led to a renewed interest in Marx in the First World. At the same time, revolutionary developments in Venezuela and Nepal suggest that Marx retains relevance for people in the Third World struggling for liberation
Come along to this month’s Workers Forum and hear two prominent union and political activists address the subject and join in the discussion.
Tim Bowron (national organiser, Workers Party)
Paul Piesse (president, Alliance Party)
7pm, Monday, November 24
WEA (Workers Educational Assn)
59 Gloucester Street
Global Peace and Justice Auckland forum
Monday 3 Nov 7.30pm
Trades Hall 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland
Left alternative political parties standing in the election have been invited to address this forum and the discuss the best approach to the global economic crisis. Groups invited are: Alliance; Communist League; Green Party ; Maori Party; RAM; Workers Party; Everyone welcome.
Spy on Tories and support the bus drivers’ struggle. Alister Barry (In a Land of Plenty, Someone Else’s Country) delivers an indictment of political conduct in election season, adapted from Nicky Hager’s book of the same name.
Gold coin donation; funds will be split between Tramways and the Workers Party. Tramways, the bus drivers’ union recently locked out for taking industrial action, needs support and solidarity in resisting strong-arm tactics.
Q&A with candidate Don Franks.
WELLINGTON 7:30pm, Monday, October 13
Southern Cross Bar
35 Abel Smith Street
“The market isn’t functioning properly. . .” - George Bush, Sept 25
What’s behind the current woes on Wall Street? Are the problems the result of just a few greedy speculators or do they reflect deeper problems within the system? Why do all the ‘mainstream’ discussions of the problems focus on the interests of business - what about the workers? Is there an alternative that puts workers’ interests first?
Come along and hear Paul Hopkinson, John Edmundson and Philip Ferguson of the Workers Party address these issues:
DUNEDIN 7.30pm, Wednesday, Oct 15
OUSA Clubs & Societies building
84 Albany Street
CHRISTCHURCH 7pm, Wednesday, October 22
Workers’ Educational Association
59 Gloucester St
While capital, commodities and rich people get to travel more freely around the world, workers’ freedom to move is increasingly restricted. Big companies can move freely to where labour is cheaper, for instance, but workers can’t move freely to where wages are higher. The Labour government favours free trade agreements, for instance, while imposing new racist immigration restrictions.
It’s in the interests of workers to support each other and make common cause for the maximum freedom possible. Come along to this workers’ forum and find out more about Labour’s new immigration controls and how we can fight them..
Christchurch Workers Party forum
7.15pm, Monday, August 25
Workers Educational Association (WEA), 59 Gloucester Street