by Keith Locke
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.
Chants slammed the National government’s wage freeze in the public sector as the march wound its way Queen Street to a rally in the Methodist Mission.
The fighting spirit of the workers was infectious, both on the march and at the rally that followed, where I represented the Green Party, and Phil Goff the Labour Party.
Rallies that Green MPs addressed in other centres were similarly spirited.