Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Auckland Anti-Capitalism Conference Report

From Grant Morgan gcm@actrix.gen.nz

Kia ora,

Here's a short report on the Anti-Capitalism Conference, convened by the Socialist Workers Organisation in Auckland last weekend (1-2 September). The conference was part of the build-up to the protests in Melbourne against the World Economic Forum, the global roundtable of the top 1,000 multinationals.

With between 120-150 people attending over the two days, this was the biggest radical left conference that New Zealand has seen for many years. It was also the most exciting. The meetings were buzzing with lively people, overwhelmingly young, a mix of workers and students. At the final session, some of the 15 or so NZ activists going to Melbourne were given a rousing send-off, followed by everyone singing the workers' global anthem, "The Internationale".

The conference showcased speakers from across NZ's left spectrum, including the Alliance, Greens, Young Labour, union movement, eco-activists, Pacific Island action group, anarchist movement and third world activists, as well as the SWO. In addition, we heard four overseas speakers: an activist from the Melbourne S11 Alliance, a veteran of the "Battle in Seattle" and two indigenous North American critics of bio-colonialism.

There was a refreshing absence of the sectarian bitchiness which has plagued the left in NZ for too long. Conference goers from different left perspectives simply put up their own ideas, at times in explicit opposition to those of others, without falling into the dead-end of personality politics or group egotism. And, above all, there was a sense of unity against the corporate bosses and politicians.

All groups attending were encouraged to distribute their own literature. Bookstalls were set up by four different groups. Those run by the SWO and the Freedom Shop (Wellington anarchists) did particularly well.

The SWO recruited over a dozen new members. This bodes well for building an influential Marxist party dedicated to maximising the power of grassroots revolt.

The conference allowed lots of detailed networking to take place. For instance, the SWO's Freedom to Strike petition was discussed with other activists, and the beginnings of a broad-based united front around this issue took more concrete shape. Further talks will, hopefully, cement this common activity. The spreading mood of confidence among grassroots workers should be given a boost by different left organisations working together to promote workers' most basic right - the freedom to strike.

Contact me for info and/or petitions on the freedom to strike. Phone (09) 634 3377 or email gcm@actrix.gen.nz

As one of the conference organisers, I'd like to thank all the speakers and everyone else who took part in a fantastic radical left hui.

Kia kaha
Grant Morgan
SWO national organiser


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Chilling The Warm Fuzzies About The US/China Trade Deal

Hold the champagne, folks. This week’s China/US deal is more about a change in tone between the world’s two biggest economies – thank goodness they’re not slapping more tariffs on each other! - than a landmark change in substance. The high walls of US and Chinese tariffs built in recent years will largely remain intact, and few economists are predicting the deal will significantly boost the growth prospects for a slowing US economy. As the New York Times noted this morning, the likes of New Zealand will still face the trade barriers imposed by the Trump administration during the recent rounds of fighting. More>>

 

PGF Kaikōura $10.88M: Boost In Tourism & Business

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Whitebaiting: Govt Plans To Protect Announced

With several native whitebait species in decline the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has today released proposals to standardise and improve management of whitebait across New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Resource For Schools On Climate Change

New resource for schools to increase awareness and understanding of climate change... More>>

ALSO:

In Effect April: New Regulations For Local Medicinal Cannabis

Minister of Health Dr David Clark says new regulations will allow local cultivation and manufacture of medicinal cannabis products that will potentially help ease the pain of thousands of people. More>>

ALSO:


RNZ: New Year Honours: Sporting Greats Among Knights And Dames

Six new knights and dames, including Silver Ferns coach Dame Noeline Taurua and economist Professor Dame Marilyn Waring, have been created in today's New Year's Honours List. The list of 180 recipients - 91 women and 89 men - leans heavily on awards for community service, arts and the media, health and sport.
More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What An Inquiry Might Look Like

Presumably, if there is to be a ministerial inquiry (at the very least) into the Whakaari/White Island disaster, it will need to be a joint ministerial inquiry. That’s because the relevant areas of responsibility seem to be so deeply interwoven... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels