Australia and New Zealand
By Terry Cook, 19 March 2018
For decades, the three unions that amalgamated this month have imposed cuts to the jobs, wages and conditions of maritime, mining, textile and construction workers.
By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 16 March 2018
The RMTU, private companies Transdev and Hyundai Rotem, and the Greater Wellington Regional Council want to impose a pro-business deal that freezes wages and paves the way for job cuts.
By Tom Peters, 12 March 2018
Prime Minister Ardern’s government has outlined a strategy to reassert neo-colonial hegemony over the South Pacific and push back Chinese influence.
10 March 2018
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By Tom Peters, 7 March 2018
National Party leader Bill English’s resignation followed criticism from the US ambassador of his government’s refusal to fully endorse Trump’s warmongering against North Korea.
By John Braddock, 3 March 2018
As leader of NewLabour and the Alliance, Anderton played a critical role defending the capitalist order by blocking any rebellion against the Labour government.
By Sam Price, 2 March 2018
Successive governments falsely claimed that New Zealand soldiers in Iraq are engaged in a training capacity.
By John Braddock, 1 March 2018
The government’s investigation into claims of Chinese “intimidation” of an academic points to a state intelligence operation.
By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 28 February 2018
The trade unions in both New Zealand and Australia are seeking to isolate workers in each country from each other in order to facilitate further attacks on jobs, wages and conditions.
By Sam Price, 23 February 2018
The ongoing job destruction exposes the Labour Party-led government’s claims that it will raise living standards.
By our correspondents, 21 February 2018
Wellington’s passenger rail service has been repeatedly crippled by infrastructure failures this year.
By Tom Peters, 19 February 2018
The Labour Party-led government has handed millions of dollars to Maori tribal capitalists, while offering empty promises to tackle inequality.
17 February 2018
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Families’ spokesman on New Zealand earthquake building collapse: “Are there people who are above the law?”
By Sam Price, 6 February 2018
Maan Alkaisi, whose wife died when the CTV building crumbled during the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, condemned the police decision not to prosecute anyone over the disaster.
Part 2: Criminalising overseas links and donations
By Mike Head, 1 February 2018
These measures have serious implications for freedom of political expression and organisation.
By Mike Head, 1 February 2018
Shorten told the National Press Club that the first “mission” of the political elite was “restoring faith in parliament.”
By Tom Peters, 17 January 2018
New Zealanders who have spent most of their lives in Australia are being detained and expelled for minor offences or on “character” grounds.
By Tom Peters, 15 January 2018
For decades the Security Intelligence Service accessed Customs data illegally to monitor people entering the country.
By Sam Price and Tom Peters, 9 January 2018
No one has been held accountable for the unsafe design of the CTV building, which collapsed in the 2011 earthquake killing 115 people.
By Tom Peters, 6 January 2018
The Labour Party-led government has no intention of holding any corporate leaders responsible for the 2010 explosion that killed 29 people.
By Max Newman, 5 January 2018
Despite protests and UN condemnations of Australia, the detainees confront worsening conditions.
By Tom Peters, 30 December 2017
The Labour-led government’s meagre welfare increases and social spending are subordinate to keeping corporate taxes low and upgrading the military.
By Tom Peters, 28 December 2017
Deputy Prime Minister Peters denounced Yang as a “Manchurian candidate.”
By our reporters, 22 December 2017
The Labour Party-aligned Auckland and Wellington councils are moving to axe jobs and working conditions.
By our reporters, 22 November 2017
Rail workers struck for 24 hours over attacks on conditions by the private transport companies contracted by the Greater Wellington Regional Council.
By John Braddock, 21 November 2017
The aim of stirring up paranoia over China is to pressure the incoming government to further align itself with Washington’s drive to war.
By John Braddock, 10 November 2017
Labour Prime Minister Ardern, with trade union approval, has threatened to further proscribe the right to strike.
By Tom Peters, 9 November 2017
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has endorsed the war in Iraq, threats against North Korea and Australia’s brutal treatment of asylum seekers.
By Tom Peters, 7 November 2017
The recently-installed Labour-New Zealand First-Greens coalition is scapegoating immigrants for the social crisis, while promoting militarism and war.
By John Braddock, 4 November 2017
The line-up of pro-Labour commentators, trade unions and pseudo-left groups is fraudulently portraying the Labour-led coalition government as “progressive” and “left wing.”
By Sam Price, 3 November 2017
Underfunding of health care by successive National and Labour governments has contributed to shortened lives and baby deaths.
By Mike Head, 2 November 2017
Parry’s resignation demonstrates that what has become, in effect, a nationalist purge of parliament, is far from over.
By Terry Cook, 2 November 2017
The Rail, Tram and Bus Union called off all industrial action as it moved to broker another sell-out agreement.
By our reporters, 2 November 2017
The meeting in Wellington discussed the danger of world war, the right-wing character of the new government and the need to build a New Zealand section of the ICFI.
By Mike Head, 28 October 2017
The entire political establishment has immediately lined up behind the anti-democratic and deeply reactionary ruling.
Meeting in Sydney on December 17
28 October 2017
The Russian Revolution stands as irrefutable proof that the working class—providing it is guided by a genuine Marxist perspective and leadership—can overthrow the outmoded social relations of capitalism.
By Tom Peters, 25 October 2017
Despite winning just nine seats, the right-wing and anti-China NZ First has been given the key roles of deputy prime minister, foreign minister and defence minister.
By John Braddock, 23 October 2017
The ongoing silence serves to protect the legal and financial position of the company at the expense of workers.
By our correspondents, 21 October 2017
Trade union enterprise agreements have been the vehicle for facilitating all the government-employer attacks on university staff and students.
By our correspondents, 21 October 2017
Academics and other campus workers condemn the worsening conditions for university staff and students.
By Tom Peters and John Braddock, 20 October 2017
The Labour Party’s coalition with New Zealand First is tasked with aligning with Washington against China and imposing deeper austerity measures.
By Tom Peters, 18 October 2017
Ambassador Scott Brown has stressed New Zealand’s importance as a US ally and defended Trump’s threats of war against North Korea.
By Tom Peters, 14 October 2017
Three weeks after the election the right-wing, anti-immigrant NZ First still has not decided whether to form a coalition with the National Party or Labour and the Greens.
By Nick Beams, 7 October 2017
The record run of the Australian economy, 26 years without a recession, has “flattered to deceive,” as major economic problems come to the surface.
By our reporters, 5 October 2017
“Whichever party makes up the next New Zealand government with NZ First’s Winston Peters, it will be devoted to attacking workers and preparing for war alongside US imperialism.”
By John Braddock, 3 October 2017
The right-wing, anti-immigrant NZ First is only able to play the role of kingmaker because it has been relentlessly promoted by Labour, the Greens, and pseudo-lefts as “progressive.”
By Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 29 September 2017
Butson, national secretary of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU), responded angrily to a WSWS article exposing the union’s complicity in attacks on workers.
By John Braddock, 27 September 2017
The week-long fuel crisis exposed the precarious state of infrastructure and the government’s growing use of the military to deal with domestic problems.
By our correspondents, 26 September 2017
Socialist Equality Group members spoke with people who were deeply concerned about homelessness, suicide statistics and the drive to war.
By John Braddock and Tom Peters, 25 September 2017
The incumbent National Party and the opposition Labour Party are both negotiating with the right-wing, anti-Asian NZ First Party to form a coalition government.
By John Braddock, 23 September 2017
The final election debate between Labour and National Party leaders demonstrated that whichever party is elected will deepen the attacks on working people.
By Tom Peters, 22 September 2017
The campaign against Chinese “influence” is intended to shift New Zealand into even closer support for US-led war preparations in Asia.
By Tom Peters and Daniel Bradley, 21 September 2017
Labour’s promise of three years’ tuition-free tertiary education would be fully implemented only in 2024.
By Sam Price and Tom Peters, 20 September 2017
Afghan villagers say New Zealand's elite SAS forces desecrated bodies and terrorised a village in Uruzgan to deliberately provoke a battle in 2004.
Statement of the Socialist Equality Group on the New Zealand election
19 September 2017
Both major parties, Labour and National, support deeper austerity, attacks on immigrants and democratic rights, and preparations for war.
By Tom Peters, 15 September 2017
Claims that National Party MP Jian Yang is an “agent” for the Chinese government are aimed at aligning the political establishment more closely with US war preparations.
Socialist Equality Group public meeting in Wellington
By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 15 September 2017
The meeting will discuss the urgent need for a socialist alternative to war and austerity, in opposition to the entire capitalist political establishment.
By Sam Price and Tom Peters, 9 September 2017
The Opportunities Party, founded by multi-millionaire Gareth Morgan, is falsely promoted as anti-establishment and in favour of social equality.
By Max Newman, 19 August 2017
Hamid Shamshiripour’s story is one of immense psychological suffering, as well as abuse at the hands of guards, overseen by the Australian government.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 August 2017
Labor and Liberal-National MPs, who incessantly promote xenophobic nationalism, feigned moral outrage over Pauline Hanson entering parliament wearing a burka.
By Tom Peters, 15 August 2017
For the government and opposition parties alike, the threat of war has been the great unmentionable in their campaigns for the September 23 election.
By Oscar Grenfell, 5 August 2017
Underlying the unions campaign is fear in ruling circles that widespread disaffection over social inequality threatens the stability of the parliamentary set-up.
By Sam Price, 28 July 2017
Auckland Council is working with private contractor Transdev and the rail trade union to eliminate as many as 300 jobs.
By John Braddock and Tom Peters, 26 July 2017
The Greens are seeking to position themselves to channel deepening popular alienation and opposition with establishment parties back into the parliamentary set-up.
By Will Morrrow, 22 July 2017
Firefighting services have been called to the plant nine times in the last five years—four times this year, three times in 2015 and once in both 2012 and 2013.
By Mike Head, 22 July 2017
A witch hunt has been launched to identify every member of parliament who was born overseas or might have dual citizenship.
By Tom Peters, 21 July 2017
Following the Grenfell Tower inferno in London, experts in New Zealand have warned of the potential for a similar disaster.
By our correspondents, 18 July 2017
The Greater Wellington Regional Council is seeking to slash wages under a deal with Tranzit Group.
By John Braddock and Tom Peters, 13 July 2017
Ahead of the national election in September, New Zealand’s pseudo-lefts are seeking to revive illusions in the Labour Party, which is widely seen by workers as a pro-business and pro-war party.
By John Braddock, 4 July 2017
Labour’s proposals, which blame foreigners for the worsening social crisis, are a sign of the right-wing agenda being advanced in the coming election campaign.
By Tom Peters, 30 June 2017
The Maori nationalist party, which is supported by New Zealand’s pseudo-left groups, is joining the Labour Party and NZ First in seeking to whip up anti-Chinese sentiment.
By Tom Peters, 29 June 2017
Families of the 29 men who died in the 2010 mine disaster have obtained footage showing at least two intact bodies in the mine.
By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 27 June 2017
A struggle to defend jobs and conditions is only possible through a break with the Meat Workers Union and the Labour Party, the formation of independent workplace committees and a political fight based on a socialist and internationalist program.
By Sam Price, 20 June 2017
The union has worked hand-in-hand with the Labour Party-controlled Auckland Council to eliminate around 194 jobs.
By Sam Price, 19 June 2017
Just months after the election of former Labour Party leader Phil Goff as mayor, Auckland libraries are cutting staff in a cost-saving restructure.
By Tom Peters and Daniel Bradley, 15 June 2017
Commentary on last month’s budget did not mention government plans to raise the superannuation entitlement age from 65 to 67.
By Sam Price and Tom Peters, 14 June 2017
Gill objected to the WSWS review of her book and claimed that she was an “anti-war person.”
By Tom Peters, 9 June 2017
New Zealand’s government has aligned itself more closely with the US military encirclement of China and threats of war against North Korea.
By our correspondents, 6 June 2017
The Labour Party-dominated Wellington Council has awarded bus and rail contracts to private operators to cut costs at the expense of workers.
By Tom Peters, 3 June 2017
The election-year budget, fraudulently portrayed as a boon for working families, deepens the assault on health, education and other basic services.
By Tom Peters, 26 May 2017
The Meat Workers Union has accepted the closure of Silver Fern Farms’ factory in the South Island town, which is part of a wave of job cuts and attacks on meat workers.
By Tom Peters, 18 May 2017
The pro-company agreement pushed through by the Meat Workers Union entrenches poverty wages and gives Taylor Preston sweeping powers to cut hours and sack workers to boost profits.
By Tom Peters, 17 May 2017
Families of the 29 men who died in the 2010 Pike River Coal mine disaster spoke to the WSWS about their outrage that footage showing it is possible to re-enter the mine was withheld for six years.
By Sam Price, 13 May 2017
Just months after the election of former Labour Party leader Phil Goff as mayor, Auckland city is slashing library staff numbers.
By Tom Peters, 9 May 2017
The World Socialist Web Site has spoken to workers, who expressed their anger about the sell-out deal pushed through by the Meat Workers Union.
By John Braddock, 8 May 2017
Far from opposing the Anzac celebrations, the middle-class pacifist group abjectly capitulated to the government’s war propaganda.
By Mike Head, 6 May 2017
A ceremonial dinner to highlight the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea against Japan became a platform for vows to “fight together” in Asia and the Middle East.
By John Braddock, 3 May 2017
The pay settlement, which follows in the wake of a court decision on equal pay, will not lift chronically underpaid workers out of poverty and grinding exploitation
By Tom Peters, 29 April 2017
Politicians and the media used the annual holiday to promote war to young people in particular, and to demonise any criticism of the military.
By Tom Peters, 27 April 2017
The entire political establishment is promoting nationalism and scapegoating immigrants.
By our reporters, 26 April 2017
Workers voted to strike after Restaurant Brands refused a pay rise of 10 cents an hour above the minimum wage each year, for three years
By Susan Allan, 17 April 2017
If the agreement is such a “significant gain” then why is there no framework or democratic process where teachers can discuss, debate, and seek clarification on its contents?
By Tom Peters, 15 April 2017
The contract means another two years of poverty wages for meat workers while the cost of living, especially for housing, continues to soar.
By Tom Peters, 14 April 2017
Both the government and the Labour Party support Trump’s attack on Syria, with Prime Minister Bill English declaring he would consider sending troops.
By Tom Peters, 5 April 2017
The book Hit and Run, by Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson, indicates that the New Zealand government and Defence Force have covered up war crimes in Afghanistan.
By John Harris and Oscar Grenfell, 1 April 2017
The Liberal-National government is covering-up the dangerous conditions facing unemployed workers and young people forced onto Work for Dole programs.
By Sam Price and Tom Peters, 24 March 2017
A New Zealand government-funded children’s book glorifies Australian and New Zealand involvement in World War I and II.
By John Braddock, 22 March 2017
Jacinda Ardern has been elevated as part of Labour’s desperate attempt to reverse the collapse in support caused by the party’s right-wing policies.
By Sam Price, 17 March 2017
The E Tu union opposes any industrial campaign against the closure of the Dunedin factory and 350 job losses.
By James Cogan, 4 March 2017
The Trump administration’s “America First” agenda has produced consternation within the political and strategic establishment.