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Workers demand end to wage freeze

by Keith Locke

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Workers rally outside Parliament. Green MP Sue Kedgley spoke in support of their calls to lift the wage freeze.

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.

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Published in Economy, Work, & Welfare | Featured by Keith Locke on Fri, November 27th, 2009   

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