Communist League Announces Mayoral Candidate
Communist League Announces Auckland Mayoral Candidate
The Communist League is running Annalucia Vermunt as its candidate for mayor of Auckland in the October 9 local elections. She is also standing for city council in the Manukau Ward. Patrick Brown is representing the Communist League in the Maungakiekie Ward.
“I am standing on a programme to defend the rights and living standards of workers and all working people,” said Vermunt, a meat worker, who is an active union member and campaigner for Maori rights.
“The plan to amalgamate Auckland into a so-called Super City will strengthen the hand of the ruling rich over working people, increase the bureaucratic powers of council, and provide cover for deeper attacks on wages, conditions, and jobs for workers in the city,” she said.
“Working people are beginning to
live through times of tremendous economic crisis and social
dislocation, like we haven’t experienced in decades,”
“I will use my campaign, and my office if elected, to support all workers’ struggles.”
“The drive to launch more wars is part and parcel of the capitalist system in its decline,” Vermunt said. “I call for the withdrawal of all New Zealand troops from Afghanistan – along with U.S. and allied forces.”
Vermunt added, “A central message of my campaign is that workers need to take political power from the ruling class of billionaire capitalist families.”