The National Government has recently proposed sweeping changes to current employment law, with dire consequences for all workers of New Zealand (union membership or not). From the 90-day trial period to the denial of union access, these changes are the most recent in a long line of anti-worker conditions. As usual we are being squeezed at work, being pushed into more of it for less.
These changes have a historical precedent. Employment law and union access was given a major shake up in 1991 by the National Government of the time. The Labour Party has equally compromised workers rights, severely limiting the right to strike in 2000 – not to mention their hugely damaging policies of the 1980’s.
So what exactly are the proposed changes facing us today? How will they effect our working lives? And what kind of resistance can we take? What can we learn from the resistance of the past (and it’s failures)?
Join us for an open discussion on past and present working conditions and the means to resist them.
/////////////////// WEDNESDAY AUGUST 4 at the WEA (Workers’ Education Association)
\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ 59 Gloucester Street (opposite the art gallery)
/////////////////// 7pm start — free entry
A good source on resistance to the 1991 Employment Contracts Act is ‘The Myth of Passivity: Class struggles against Neoliberalism in Aotearoa in the 1990s’ and is definitely worth checking out (download it here: http://libcom.org/library/myth-passivity-class-struggles-neoliberalism-aotearoa-toby-boraman?quicktabs_1=1 )
The anarchist communist discussion nights take place on the first Wednesday of every month, and is organised by Beyond Resistance. All welcome!