What we stand for
INCOME AND WORK
- All workers guaranteed the right to a job or training with decent wages and full work rights.
- $20 an hour minimum wage.
- A 32-hour week for full time workers, with no loss of pay, to share out work.
- Extension of employment protection, sick pay, holiday pay, paid maternity and paternity leave to all workers.
- Welfare payments for the unemployed, elderly, students and those unable to work must be linked to average earnings.
- Equal pay for equal work (no gendered wage gap or youth rates).
- Retirement at 55 with a living wage related income.
- Nationalisation and public control of all significant worksites under threat of closure.
- No to the privatisation of public services and public-private partnerships.
- All publicly owned services including state-owned enterprises to be run democratically under workers and community control for public good not for profit.
- Free health care for all as a basic right. No to private health care.
- Free quality education for all from childcare to university.
- For a public housing building program to provide quality, affordable housing for all.
- For a free and frequent 24 hour public transport system.
- Public investment into public transport and renewable technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Public ownership of the timber, mining, meat, dairy, and energy industries.
- No to nuclear power.
- For a transition from fossil fuels to renewable technology based on a democratic plan to protect both jobs and the environment.
- For environmentally sustainable food production with access to healthy and affordable food for all.
RIGHTS AND EQUALITY
- An end to discrimination on the grounds of ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation and identity, disability, age and all other forms of prejudice.
- For the right to asylum and the right to work with full protection for all migrant workers.
- For a women’s right to choose whether and when to have children. Free contraception and abortion on demand.
- Repeal all laws that curtail civil liberties. For the right to protest.
- For the right to vote at 16.
- Return of all Māori customary land.
- Provision of greater resources to drive te reo in public institutions. The right to communication in te reo in schools, courts, public sector workplaces, and government departments.
- For all schools to offer classes in te reo / Māori language.
- For democratic control and planning of Māori industry and enterprise.
- For Iwi leaders’ salaries to be capped at the average wage of a skilled worker.
- For a socialist republic of Aotearoa with full rights for all nationalities and tino rangatiratanga.
TRADE UNIONS AND NEW WORKERS’ PARTY
- For democratic and militant trade unions to fight in the interests of their members.
- Scrap all anti-union laws.
- For the right to strike including solidarity action.
- Trade unions to disaffiliate from the Labour Party.
- For a new workers party to provide a fighting political alternative to the big business parties.
- All full time union officials, as well as workers’ representatives in parliament and councils, should receive no more than the average wage of skilled worker.
- No to imperialist wars and occupations.
- No to TPPA and similar free trade agreements. No to capitalist economic protectionism.
- Solidarity with workers and oppressed people across the globe.
PLANNED ECONOMY AND SOCIALISM
- Take all major industry, banks and financial institutions into public ownership and place them under the democratic control and management of workers and the community. In this way workers own and control the wealth they create and use it for the benefit of all not just the rich few.
- For the working class to democratically plan the economy to provide for the needs of all and protect our environment.
- For a socialist New Zealand as part of a socialist federation of the Asia Pacific region and the world.