Matt McCarten, John Minto and Socialist Worker are hosting a “Workers Charter” meeting this Saturday in Auckland.
The Workers Charter Movement is the embryo of a new left wing political party, modelled on the successful British “Respect” coalition and the less successful Australian . It is also a co-ordinating body for militant union trade union activity. The “movement” publishes a “Workers Charter” newspaper.
This Saturday, 7th October, starts 11am
Auckland Trades Hall
147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn
ALL SUPPORTERS WELCOME
11 – 11.10am Welcome from chair (Daphne Lawless).
11.10am – 12.30pm – Workers Charter, a paper for the movement – introduced by John Minto (editorial) & Bronwyn Summers (financial).
1.30 – 3pm – Unions in the 21st century – intro by Laila Harre (NDU), Andrew Little (EPMU), Sue Bradford (Green MP), Mengzhu (Radical Youth) and Joe Carolan (unionist & socialist).
3.15 – 4pm – Human Rights for Workers campaign – introduced by Vaughan Gunson (unionist & socialist) and Eliana Darroch (Radical Youth).
4pm – 4.30 pm – Graham Matthews, Australian unionist.
4.30 – 4.45pm – election of expanded, national editorial board of Workers Charter paper.
4.45 – 5.30pm – Climaction Day (4 November) to build a campaign for
System Change, Not Climate Change. Speaker(s) to be confirmed.
Graham Matthews is a National Committee member of Australia’s largest Marxist-Leninist organisation, the . He has also been in recent years, NSW and Victorian convenor for the Socialist Alliance.
Daphne Lawless, Vaughn Gunson and Joe Carolan are all members of NZ’s largest Trotskyite group, Socialist Worker, which effecticely has sister party ties to the DSP and Socialist Alliance.
It is significant that Green MP Sue Bradford is supporting the meeting. When Bradford was in the Workers Communist League, her group had very close ties to the DSP’s fore-runner, the Socialist Workers Party. Several of Bradford’s Green colleagues including Keith Locke, Jeanette Fitzsimons and Russel Norman have had strong DSP connections.
It is also interesting that Laila Harre and Andrew little are speaking. Harre as head of the , (which heavily backs the Workers Charter) has a long history of involvement with the far left and is a close friend and business partner of the Green’s Russel Norman.
Little, head of the Engineers Union, likes to portray himself as a moderate, so it is more surprising to see him openly associating with the hard left. As Little’s union strongly supported the NDU’s recent industrial battle with Progressive Enterprise, we may see more of Little mingling with the Marxists.
This is the most militant and broad gathering of union leaders and the Marxist-Leninist left for some years.
I predict, that buoyed by the recent Progressive Enterprises “lockout” and UNITE/Radical Youth’s $12 minimum wage campaign, we are about to witness a new wave of militant unionism, supported by hard left political activity.