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McDonald's workers escalate campaign - Hot summer to begin


The world's biggest fast food corporation McDonald's is facing a summer of strikes, pickets and a boycott as 1300 union members escalate their campaign in the wake of yesterdays conference of McDonald's bosses refusing to lift pay rates or offer the same security of hours that Restaurant Brands union members get. Unite has set up a web page for workers to share stories of work at McD's.

As company bosses met at the Hyatt Hotel, around 100 strikers from across Auckland and Hamilton rallied outside Queen Street McDonald's before marching on the conference. Angry workers clashed with cops and security guards until a bus parked in front of the protest was moved. 'Ronald' was spared burning after the company agreed a delegation could address the conference. After the delegation entered the Hotel, a breakaway march headed back to Queen Street, where the door was blocked for half-an-hour by a rowdy crowd of workers and a security guard attacked picketing workers.'Ronald' will now accompany workers on picket-lines over the summer.

In Wellington union crew walked off the job for the first time at Lambton Quay and turned hundreds of supportive customers away at the door during the lunch rush.

More: Unite Media Release | Maori Party-Do you want wages with your fries? | Company Profits vs. Wages | Message from world's first McDonald's Striker Photos: 1 | 2 Video: 1 | 2

People in Aotearoa Stand Up for Aboriginal Political Prisoner


In Wellington yesterday: about twenty protesters braved gale force winds and rain to gather outside the Australian High Commission in Wellington today to demand the immediate release of Palm Island Aboriginal councilor, Lex Wotton. The accused man is facing a life sentence for 'rioting with destruction' following the announcement of the brutal killing of an Aboriginal man in police custody in 2004 [More]

In Auckland a demonstration to free Lex Wotton will be taking place next Friday November 7th. Meet at 5pm outside Downtown Shopping Centre (next to Britomart) to march to the Australian Consulate on Quay Street. [More]

Five people charged with participation in a 'organised criminal group'


The Crown has issued an indictment today against 18 people arrested in the police raids of October 15th 2007 in Ruatoki, Auckland, Hamilton, Whakatane, Palmerston North, Wellington and elsewhere.

Five of the 18 people have been charged with participation in a criminal gang under section 98A of the Crimes Act.

These charges are a desperate attempt by the Government to save face after the Solicitor-General found ‘insufficient evidence’ to bring charges under the Terrorism Suppression Act. The Crown seeks to characterise political activists who support Tino Rangatiratanga and dissent from the Government as criminals.

All 18 face charges under the Arms Act for possession of weapons and restricted weapons (Molotov cocktails). Although charges relating to 3 of the alleged ‘camps’ had been dismissed outright by Judge Mark Perkins due to lack of evidence following a month long depositions hearing, the Crown has also chosen to re-instate these charges. [ More ]

Tamati Kruger, a trustee for Te Kotahi a Tuhoe, says the arrests make a mockery of talks Tuhoe leaders have been having with police about last October's arrests and lock-down of the Ruatoki valley. "Those talks now I think have become a lot more difficult in light really of what we see as the trawling through laws to find something that may save the police from utter disgrace over this whole painful incident," Mr Kruger says. [ More ]

"Criminal gang" charges ludicrous (Global Peace and Justice Auckland) | NZ police the real criminal gang (Workers Party) | | Aocafe

One Week Before the NZ Election: Resist Low Pay and the Repression of Immigrants


Update: The Immigration Bill demo is now on Saturday midday at Cuba Mall

This Saturday Saturday November 1st. 2pm Aotea Square, Queen Street, Central Auckland. March against low pay. In recent months, low paid people have taken strike action in casinos, banks, fastfood outlets, supermarkets and on the busses. Low pay is crippling a generation of workers who are now expected to bear the brunt of a vicious global recession. Join the rally for a decent minimum wage- $15ph NOW! [More]

Meanwhile in Wellington there will be a rally against the repressive Immigration Amenmdment bill, supported by both Labour and National. The Bill Bill would allow for arbitrary and indefinite detention. While in keeping with our history of Dawn Raids and the detention of Ahmed Zaoui, this is an atrocity, condemned by the Human Rights Commission and others. More

The bill has not yet passed. In advance of the elections, time to make sure Labour & co know what we think of it.

WELLINGTON 12pm, Saturday 1 November

Cuba Mall

Bolt-cutters, road-blocks and tear-gas: Palestine/Israel short films screening in Poneke


A screening of short films of recent direct actions and demos from Palestine/Israel against the occupation.

Followed by an informal Q&A about the situation now, hosted by an Israeli anarchist.

Monday 3/11/08
At 128 Abel Smith Street, Te Aro, Wellington
from 7pm

Injustice in Australia: Aboriginal leader found guilty while killer cop walks free


Last Friday an all white jury found Lex Wotton, an Aboriginal man from Palm Island, guilty of 'rioting with destruction' for his involvement in the 2004 Palm Island uprising. On November 26th 2004 the people of Palm Island set fire to the local police station, court house and police barracks after a pathologist's report claimed that the death of Mulrunji Doomadgee, a 36 year old local, in police custody a week earlier was an 'accident'. Mulrunji died in a police cell, one hour after he had been arrested for being drunk. He suffered massive internal injuries, including a ruptured spleen, four broken ribs and a 'liver that had been 'almost cleaved in two' from a huge compressive force.'

The officer who arrested him, Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley, claimed that Mulrunji had fallen on stairs. A coroner's inquest found that Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley was responsible for Mulrunji's death, as the injuries were consistent with a beating. However, a court found Hurley not guilty for manslaughter. He has since been promoted and is an Inspector on the Gold Coast.

In comparison Lex Wotton is now facing a life sentence in prison. He is being held in prison until his next court appearance in the Townsville District Court on November 7.

Links: National Indigenous Times Article | Facebook group Free Lex Wotton Now! | Greenleft Weekly Free Lex Wotton | 2004 article Police Terror Follows Death in Custody

International Indigenous Solidarity Gathering Underway on Wurundjeri land


Over the past three days an International indigenous solidarity gathering has been underway in Melbourne, Australia. The gathering has featured speakers from Latin America, Asia and the Pacific.

This Gathering is taking place on Wurundjeri land. We give our respects to the Wurundjeri elders, past and present.

The Gathering aims to build bridges connecting our struggles, and strengthen solidarity, friendship and collaborations between indigenous and non-indigenous grassroots organisations throughout various regions of the world, especially where multinational corporations and military interventions severely impact on indigenous lands and poor and exclude people and communities. [more]

Photos from the gathering available here | Video from gathering

Anti-fascists confront Nationalist Alliance in Wellington


Anti-fascist activists gathered at the Cenotaph in Wellington this morning in opposition to the Nationalist Alliance, a coalition comprising white-supremacist groups the National Front, New Right and the National Democrats.

A banner was hung from the Cenotaph ("No racism - Anti-Fascist Action") as around 65 anti-fascists danced and held the Cenotaph as a fascist free space, removing a fascist photographer from the New Right from the area. Around 40 showed up at 11.30am and were escorted by police up Molesworth Street to Parliament grounds closely followed by anti-fascists.

"More hair than brains", "No room for racism" and "Hey hey, ho ho, your racism has got to go" were chanted, drowning out all the speeches by the fascists. Jim Saleam, who served time in jail for firebombing a Brisbane bookshop and organising a shotgun attack against a representative of the African National Congress, Steve Larsen from the New Right and Kyle Chapman all attempted to give speeches - without success.

The fascists retreated after about 30 mins and were chased to the train station by anti-fascist activists. Bagels were thrown at them while they were protected by a police line. Two antifa were arrested by police at that point. Following a scuffle, some anti-fascists went to the train station, just in time for 3 fascists to emerge. They were chased across Bunny Street and again had bagels thrown at them. They were protected by a lone cop who tried (and failed) to arrest an antifa, while frantically calling for back-up. All the anti-fascists managed to get away safely and went to the police station, waiting for their comrades to be released.

[ Report and ]

Links: | Demonstration against racism and fascism | Neo-Nazis staying at Lower Hutt Top 10 Holiday | Stop The Immigration Bill! | Anti-Fascists resistance in recent years: 2004 | 2005 | 2006

Halloween Critical Mass, Otautahi


Friday 31st October is the last friday of the month meaning that it is Halloween Critical Mass time! Calling all zombies, ghosts, ghouls…
Critical Mass is both a global movement and a local event. On the last friday of every month cyclists in cities across the world take to the streets to celebrate cycling.

Evey participant has different reasons for joining in: a love of cycling, fun, meeting other cyclists, a critique of car culture, networking, making people smile, opening debate on environmental issues and use of city space, fun…these are some of my reasons.

This month is a costumed ride…"The Night of the Cycling Dead!". So be creative, and see you there…

Cathedral Square, Otautahi, 5.30pm, Friday October 31st

Indymedia film screening - Wellington 24/25 October


Wellington Indymedia collective & NZ Film Archive film screening:

Fallujah (30 min)
Iraq for Sale (50 min) At The Film Archive, corner of Ghuznee and Taranaki Streets, Wellington
7 pm, Friday 24 and Saturday 25 October
$8/$6 waged/unwaged