Women win right to choose abortion in New Zealand

Vol. 84/No. 14 - April 13, 2020
Holly Wakelin, left, and Lucy Mackenzie, right, two young women who helped lead recent actions for women’s right to abortion, hold banner at Auckland Feb. 18 march. After decades of mobilizations, New Zealand’s parliament adopted law legalizing abortion March 18.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — In a victory for the rights of women, a law decriminalizing abortion passed the New Zealand Parliament March 18. “It’s been a long time coming,” 84-year-old Margaret Sparrow, a doctor and lifelong leader of the fight…

Australia: Women make gains in right to choose abortion

Vol. 83/No. 46 - December 16, 2019

SYDNEY — In a gain for women’s rights, a new bill decriminalizing abortion passed the New South Wales state parliament Sept. 26. The vote followed a rally of 500 held here Sept. 14 in support of women’s right to choose…

New Zealand picket defends women’s right to abortion

Vol. 83/No. 19 - May 13, 2019
New Zealand picket defends women’s right to abortion

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Supporters of a woman’s right to choose abortion were welcomed by passersby April 13 as they picketed in defense of the Auckland Medical Aid Centre here, which provides abortion. The picket was the third in a…

New Zealand rulers use mosque attacks to target political rights

Vol. 83/No. 15 - April 15, 2019

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — In the two weeks since a rightist lone wolf shooter killed 50 worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, working people in their thousands have turned out to rallies and vigils, looking to express their opposition to…

Junior doctors strike over work schedules in New Zealand

Vol. 83/No. 8 - February 25, 2019

AUCKLAND, New Zealand – Junior doctors — also known as Resident Medical Officers — picketed hospitals here Jan. 29-30 in their second nationwide strike in the last two weeks, fighting for safer working conditions. The action involved some 3,500 strikers.…

New Zealand: Sistema workers fight for better pay, conditions

Vol. 82/No. 45 - December 3, 2018

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Thirty workers at Sistema Plastics, members of the E Tu union, held a protest at the factory entrance Oct. 26 against the bosses’ stalling on a better contract. The union’s membership at the factory has grown…

New Zealand bus drivers walk out over low pay, safety

Vol. 82/No. 34 - September 17, 2018
Bus drivers, members of FIRST Union, carried out one-day strike against Go Bus. They picketed transport center in Hamilton, New Zealand, Aug. 14, demanding equal pay for same work.

HAMILTON, New Zealand — Sixty bus drivers, members of FIRST Union, picketed the central city transport center here Aug. 14 as part of a daylong strike against Go Bus. The workers are demanding 20 New Zealand dollars and 55 cents…

School workers in New Zealand rally for equal pay for women

Vol. 82/No. 20 - May 21, 2018

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — More than 200 early childhood teachers, school support workers, teacher aides, school administrators and their families and supporters joined a “Fair’s Fair” rally here May 5 for equal pay for women. The action, part of protests…