Walking and Running in Housing Activism

In the Bakuninist programme a general strike is the lever employed by which the social revolution is started. One fine morning all the workers in all the industries of a country, or even of the whole world, stop work, thus forcing the propertied classes either humbly to submit within four weeks at the most, or to attack the workers, who would then have the right to defend themselves and use this opportunity to pull down the entire old society. ENGELS

The response to the Coronavirus in New Zealand has made both the systemic inequalities in our society, and how far the furthest Left government we’ve had in at least forty years will go to address them, a lot more transparent. In particular, the disparity in privileges and care given to landlords and tenants has been highlighted. A common judgment that went around social media was that rental property is the only form of investment that’s seemingly protected from making a loss. 

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Coronavirus Precautions Must Not Promote Racism or Cold-War Mentality

Over the last few weeks, the world has watched the spread of the ‘2019 novel Coronavirus’ (2019-nCoV) both within the People’s Republic of China and around the world.

The efficient response to the outbreak within China has been well-documented by both Chinese and foreign media as well as groups such as the World Health Organisation. In his visit to China, the Director-General of the World Health Organisation praised the “seriousness”, “commitment” and “transparency” of the Chinese response. We too are impressed by the speed in which Chinese workers are building dedicated hospitals, an ability that our government definitely lacks in New Zealand!

As workers in the NZ healthcare system, we are naturally concerned with the response that the New Zealand Government and DHBs will give to the possibility of a small-scale spread of 2019-nCoV within Aotearoa.

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