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Workers must fight back against Nats attacks

Alliance says workers must fight back against National Government's attacks

The Alliance Party says John Key's announcement of attacks on working New Zealanders and their unions must be resisted.

Alliance Party industrial spokesperson Trevor Hanson says the union movement must lead the fight back against National's announcement of policies that will smash the few protections workers have under current employment laws.

He says the intent of National's attack on working people is aimed at creating a frightened and powerless working class who will be forced into accepting the unacceptable from aggressive employers.

"These changes such as the extension of fire at will and undermining of right of access to workplaces for unions will be a devastating blow for workers if they are allowed to be forced through."

"National is selling off New Zealand, selling out New Zealanders and pushing us towards the status of a developing nation which will see poverty side by side with grotesque privilege."

Mr Hanson says New Zealanders must defend our traditional values of fairness and decency before they are further eroded by the greed driven and immoral National Government.

He says the social fabric of New Zealand has been torn apart by right wing policies and deregulation which has created a class of working poor who cannot pay the bills.

Mr Hanson says many workers are surviving on casual jobs from day to day and their desperate situation would become worse if National's anti-worker and anti-union policies continue.

"These New Zealanders can afford a mobile phone and a second hand imported car, but not healthy food, medical care or houses."

He says communities have been hit hard by casual jobs, low wages and social disruption from economic insecurity.

"These problems are the result of the dog eat dog policies of successive Government's who have allowed New Zealand to become an unequal, damaged society."

Mr Hanson says the Alliance wants to help workers by improving wages, reducing casualization and getting rid of GST.


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