Unions need a strategy to beat back National’s attacks

August 12th, 2013 | by Jared Phillips

Since 2009 the National-led government has carried out a series of attacks against workers and their unions. The measures have included the introduction of probationary employment periods, the reintroduction of youth rates and drastic changes to access to sick leave

Racism and recession in New Zealand

May 15th, 2013 | by Jared Phillips

Several recent events have elevated the issue of racism in New Zealand. In one case a nationalist MP belonging to the Danish People’s Party made headlines when she made racist comments about a traditional Maori welcome. Also Susan Devoy, who is unsympathetic to Maori political issues, was appointed as the new Race Relations Commissioner. At the same time National Party Prime Minister John Key has tried to stoke fears about South Asian refugee boats coming to New Zealand. This is despite no boats arriving so far

Teachers and public education under attack

April 11th, 2013 | by CWI Reporters

Teachers in New Zealand are facing a perfect storm. For the time being they have faced down government attempts to increase class sizes but have also had to contend with school closures and mergers in Christchurch and a move to introduce charter schools

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