Auckland bus drivers’ spirit prevails over dead hand of union officialdom

Auckland bus drivers’ spirit prevails over dead hand of union officialdom

 

Three weeks ago this blog had a post titled ‘Rebellion of the Rank and File’.
At a mass meeting Auckland bus drivers working for NZ Bus Ltd had thrown out a pay deal recommended to them by the First Union and the Tramways Union, and the drivers were set to strike on Monday, September 24, and every Monday thereafter.
Every socialist and trade unionist should be aware of what happened next and of the full story of the bus drivers’ dispute so far, for it shows precisely what is wrong with the union movement at the moment and where hope lies.
At the last minute, without consulting the membership, union officials called the strikes off and tried to foist th
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