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The Alliance Party has announced its party list for the 2011 election, which comprises a mix of first time candidates, more experienced activists, and also a former Alliance MP.
There are fourteen list candidates, five of whom are also standing in electorates in both North and South Islands.
The Alliance Party has announced four more electorate candidates for the 2011 general election. Continue reading
The Alliance Party has selected former MP Kevin Campbell as their candidate for the south Christchurch electorate of Wigram.
The surprise move will liven things up in the race for the electorate, which has been held by retiring MP Jim Anderton since 1990 as a NewLabour, Alliance and Progressive seat. Continue reading
Representatives of many supporting groups and unions attended the presentation of the Tax Justice petition to take GST off food and introduce a financial transactions tax, at Parliament Buildings in Wellington today.
The petition was received by Labour MP Su’a William Sio, and attended by Green and Mana MPs.
The Tax Justice campaign is a joint initiative of the Alliance Party and Socialist Worker.
A petition signed by 40 000 New Zealanders asking for GST to be removed from food will be presented at Parliament at noon tomorrow Tuesday 16 August 2011.
The petition also requests that a financial transactions tax – sometimes referred to as a “Robin Hood Tax” or “Hone Heke Tax” – be introduced, which would cover the cost of removing GST from food. Continue reading
40,000 signatures calling for GST to be removed from food and a tax placed on financial speculation instead will be presented to Parliament at 12 noon on Tuesday 16 August. Continue reading
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The campaign by rail workers to get new trains for Auckland built in New Zealand workshops is pushing ahead with a public meeting to be held in South Dunedin.
The meeting will be held on Monday 12 July at 7.30pm at the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind for Hall on the corner of Hillside Road and Law Street (entrance on Law Street.)
Speakers from two of New Zealand’s leading transport unions will give an update on the campaign and related transport issues, and explain how the public can support the campaign.
Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) National President, Jim Kelly, who works at Hillside, will update the meeting on the RMTU campaign to get the work done locally.
The expertise and equipment needed to undertake this work exists in New Zealand rail workshops in Dunedin and Lower Hutt, he says, but the Government and KiwiRail management want to take the work overseas.
Mr Kelly says New Zealand rail workers are skilled, experienced, and want to do this work.
A large part of the work could be done in workshops like Hillside and would provide an enormous boost for Dunedin’s economy.
The RMTU have gathered thousands of signatures on their campaign petition.
Mr Kelly will be joined by the General Secretary of the Maritime Union of New Zealand, Joe Fleetwood, who will speak on transport issues and the effect of free trade policies.
The RMTU and MUNZ signed a strategic union alliance charter earlier this year and are working together in the transport industry.
The meeting is open to the public and is being hosted by the Alliance Party who are backing the RMTU campaign.
Alliance spokesperson Victor Billot says public pressure is needed to change the irresponsible attitude of the National Government, away from free trade ideology towards maintaining high skilled jobs and industry in New Zealand at a time of high unemployment.