by Colleen Bolger

Workers demonstrate in July against the memorandum

Workers demonstrate in July against the memorandum

The Greek ruling party, Syriza, won a convincing victory in the national election held on 20 September, winning 144 seats, down from the 149 seats won on 25 January. Prime minister Alexis Tsipras resigned last month to make way for the poll after he signed a third memorandum with the country’s creditors. That agreement will deliver the harshest austerity yet experienced.

The calling of the election precipitated a significant split in Syriza, with more than two dozen rebel MPs forming Popular Unity (LAE by its Greek acronym). The new organisation also drew in 11 other organisations of the far left beyond Syriza’s membership as well as two significant factions of Antarsya, an anti-capitalist electoral front of a few thousand members. Yet it achieved a disappointing 2.9 percent of the vote – short of the 3 percent threshold required for parliamentary representation. [Read More…]

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Corbyn, Shearer, and Campaigning Against Austerity

by Cory Anderson The left-wing MP Jeremy Corbyn was catapulted to leadership of the British Labour Party over the weekend, winning 59.9% of the vote after starting the race as a 100/1 outsider.  Corbyn’s anti-austerity campaign has challenged the Blairite establishment founded on copying and extending the pro-business, neoliberal policies of Thatcher and the Tories. […]

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Get the Warehouse to pay a Living Wage

by Martin Gregory Today International Socialists and local Living Wage activists joined striking First Union members in an hour’s action outside the Warehouse store in Porirua. We were asking shoppers to show their support for the in dispute workers by signing protest postcards to The Warehouse Group boss Mark Powell. In that short time over […]

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A Short History of New Zealand Imperialism

By Daniel Simpson Beck From New Zealand’s earliest attempts at increasing its territories in the Pacific right through to today’s economic imperialism, the local capitalist ruling class has had imperial ambitions. It was New Zealand’s local leaders – the Governors, the Premiers, the Prime Ministers – who were calling for a New Zealand Empire in […]

Ruth Roger and ME

Ruth, Roger, and Me

Ruth Roger and Me, by Andrew Dean Published by Bridget Williams Books Reviewed by Kevin Hodder   Ruth, Roger and Me was a bit of a left field media sensation when it came out earlier this year. Andrew Dean, Rhodes scholar at Oxford, is an unlikely voice for the struggling youth of 2015. However, his […]

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Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Shomi Yoon gave this talk to the Wellington branch of the International Socialists on the anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki.   Seventy years ago this month the US dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The bomb, a “destroyer of worlds” burnt hotter than the sun. The largely civilian victims were instantly vaporised, […]

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Migrant workers’ victory in Korea

By Sam MacDonald in Seoul Over the past 50 years, few countries have experienced such a dramatic economic rise as South Korea. A country once known for sweatshops and cheap manufactured goods; now produces some of the world’s most advanced ships, cars and electronics. An important part of this process was the state-led export of […]


TPPA? No Way!

by Rei Goddard and Shomi Yoon Thousands of people marched against the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) nationwide over the weekend. There was palpable anger towards the government and their secret negotiating away of healthcare, and workers rights in favour of corporate interests. The secret trade negotiations stalled in Hawaii last weekend as the 12 […]

We should all celebrate recent SFWU victories in the courts...

Our struggles – in the courtrooms and out

By Julia Smith In March this year Service and Food Workers Union National Secretary, John Ryall  stated that unions would be taking more and more employment cases to Court following the latest in a string of successful cases for low-paid employees. He went on to say that litigation was now preferable to collective bargaining, which […]

From the archive

Anzac Day: Against the Carnival of Reaction

mobiliseagainstthewarOn Anzac Day 1967, at the height of New Zealand involvement in the ‘American War’ in Vietnam, with New Zealand troops taking part in the suppression of the Vietnamese struggle for national liberation, members of the Progressive Youth Movement in Christchurch tried to lay a wreath following the dawn service in memory of those killed by imperialism in Vietnam. They were arrested and charged with disorderly behaviour. Feminists a decade later faced down a media-driven public outcry when they laid wreaths to the victims of sexual violence during war.

Lest we forget? It’s more like lest we remember. Anzac Day serves as a carnival of nationalist reaction, a day of public ritual aimed at promoting forgetting: forgetting the real legacy of New Zealand imperialism and militarism in favour of a sentimental nationalism, an anti-political celebration of national unity. [Read More…]


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