When EPMU Secretary Andrew Little puts on his other hat, Labour Party president, I hope he will try to shift his party's uncritical support for such free trade and investment agreements. They are not all about Fonterra getting more opportunities to export dairy products.
The sun shone on rallies for low paid workers held in cities and town across New Zealand. In Auckland they were led by Service Workers Union members in their bright red T-shirts - coming from hospitals and rest homes across the region. Other unions like the Public Service Association and NZ Educational Institute also brought their low paid members along.
The election of a National-led Government has sparked newfound employer militancy, and public sector employers are among the most militant. But unions are fighting back on behalf of low paid public service employees. On Friday 27th they have organised nationwide lunchtime (12.30pm – 1.30pm) rallies to protest against the public sector wage freeze and call for a fair deal for low paid workers.