New Zealand elections masked crisis facing working people

Vol. 84/No. 48 - December 7, 2020
Annalucia Vermunt, left, one of Communist League’s two candidates in October parliamentary elections in New Zealand, campaigns on workers’ doorsteps in Northcote.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — As the Labour Party enters its second term in government here, having trounced the National Party opposition in parliamentary elections Oct. 17, working people in New Zealand face growing pressure on jobs, wages, housing and health…

New Zealand protesters say ‘Abortion is not a crime’

Vol. 84/No. 9 - March 9, 2020
Feb. 18 march in support of abortion rights in Auckland, New Zealand.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — “I am a young person who doesn’t believe abortion should be in the Crimes Act,” high school student Lucy Mackenzie told the crowd as she kicked off a rally here Feb. 18 demanding a woman’s right…

Youth throng Manila book fair for literature, culture, politics

Vol. 83/No. 38 - October 21, 2019
Interested youth discuss, buy literature in Pathfinder booth at Manila book fair Sept. 14, following meeting presenting Are They Rich Because They’re Smart? Class, Privilege, and Learning Under Capitalism, and Women in Cuba: The Making of a Revolution Within the Revolution.

MANILA, Philippines — Over 150,000 people flocked to the 40th Manila International Book Fair held in the huge Mall of Asia shopping complex Sept. 11–15. This was larger than last year. Over 100 publishers and distributors, mainly from the Philippines,…

Over 150,000 attend Manila book fair in Philippines

Vol. 83/No. 35 - September 30, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Over 150,000 people took part in the 40th Manila International Book Fair here Sept. 11-15. Above, fairgoers line up outside the exhibition hall on opening day. Many were high school and university students, and other youth. Because…

Thousands defend Maori land in New Zealand

Vol. 83/ No. 32 - September 2, 2019

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Some 100 cops turned up in Ihumatao early on July 23 to evict a handful of protesters occupying historic Maori land that Fletcher Building, one of New Zealand’s largest companies, was set to turn into a…

Teachers in New Zealand strike over pay, conditions

Vol. 82/No. 33 - September 3, 2018

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — A 24-hour strike by almost 30,000 teachers Aug. 15 closed most of this country’s primary and intermediate schools. The teachers’ union, the New Zealand Educational Institute, is in contract negotiations with the government over pay and…

New Zealand retail store workers fight bosses’ attacks

Vol. 82/No. 27 - July 23, 2018

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Hundreds of Farmers department store workers across New Zealand, members of the First Union, went on strike for up to five hours July 5 to press demands for better wages and conditions. “‘Performance pay’ is the…

Auckland protest demands protection of Maori land

Vol. 82/No. 25 - July 9, 2018

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Over 300 people demonstrated here May 26 protesting moves by Fletcher Building, the country’s largest construction company, to begin building 480 houses for sale on historic Maori land at Ihumatao. “They are trying to steal our…