Joint Statement of the New Communist Party of Aotearoa and the Communist Party of Australia
The workers of Aotearoa
and Australia, like those of other capitalist countries around the world, are
facing serious health, social, and economic crises being likened to the
beginning of the Great Depression. Certainly, COVID-19 is like little else in
The Australian Government
greatly bungled in its actions to contain the spread of the virus, putting
workers, especially port workers and healthcare workers at great risk. Despite
early indications of the global spread of the disease, proper protective
equipment and health checks were not made a priority for our frontline workers.
Testing is restricted and inadequate and is not being extended to all people
presenting with symptoms.
The New Zealand Government took more decisive action at an earlier stage of the spread of COVID-19 and has, at least at time of writing, prevented a large-scale outbreak and community transmission from occurring. Yet issues still remain around supply of proper protective equipment to essential workers, both in hospitals and other essential businesses such as supermarkets.
The following article by W T Whitney Jr is reproduced from Monthly Review to highlight the difference in response to COVID-19 between capitalist and socialist countries.Whitney is a political journalist whose focus is on Latin America, health care, and anti-racism. A Cuba solidarity activist, he formerly worked as a pediatrician.
Zetkin was a great German Marxist-Leninist, leader of the Communist International, and a founder of Working Women’s Day, who for the first time thoroughly established the connection between working women’s liberation and socialism.
The whole speech can be found at the above link, but the key paragraph is reproduced below:
Therefore the liberation struggle of the proletarian woman cannot be similar to the struggle that the bourgeois woman wages against the male of her class. On the contrary, it must be a joint struggle with the male of her class against the entire class of capitalists. She does not need to fight against the men of her class in order to tear down the barriers which have been raised against her participation in the free competition of the market place. Capitalism’s need to exploit and the development of the modern mode of production totally relieves her of having to fight such a struggle. On the contrary, new barriers need to be erected against the exploitation of the proletarian woman. Her rights as wife and mother need to be restored and permanently secured. Her final aim is not the free competition with the man, but the achievement of the political rule of the proletariat. The proletarian woman fights hand in hand with the man of her class against capitalist society. To be sure, she also agrees with the demands of the bourgeois women’s movement, but she regards the fulfillment of these demands simply as a means to enable that movement to enter the battle, equipped with the same weapons, alongside the proletariat.
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.
Anti-imperialist forces around the world were shocked within the last hour when the news broke that two of the Middle East and the world’s most significant fighters against US imperialism, Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force, and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, were killed in a joint strike by the US Air Force and their Zionist lackeys. These two martys dedicated and ultimately sacrificed their lives for a Middle East and a world that is independent and free of imperialist domination.
Workers at Lyttelton Port and their union, the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) are continuing to take a stand against the import of “blood phosphate” from Western Sahara sold by the colonial occupier government.
Western Sahara, the last formal colony in Africa, has been occupied by Moroccan forces ever since Spanish colonisation ended in 1975. The ongoing national-liberation movement led by the Polisario Front has led to the establishment of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, which is now fighting colonial forces for full national liberation.
A ship chartered by Ravensdown, the Federal Crimson, is currently unloading the last of 51 tonnes of phosphate at Port Chalmers, after earlier docking in Napier and Lyttleton.
After initial opposition from port management, the RMTU has boarded the ship and lodged formal protest with its captain at each docking.
Wayne Butson, General Secretary of the RMTU, said in a media release that “our fellow unionists in Australia, the Maritime Union of Australia, have used this method to register protests against Blood Phosphate imports, to us it seems a relatively mild and pragmatic way to exercise a fundamental democratic right “
“We have been advised that the cargo of the Federal Crimson may in fact be illegal and that under international law port workers have the right to refuse to berth or work ships carrying such cargo” continued Butson.
The workers’ movement has been fairly unanimous in support of the Sahrawi national-liberation struggle. Last month, the Council of Trade Unions passed a resolution condemning the Moroccan colonisation of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic and the import of “blood phosphate” into New Zealand. Also last month, the New Communist Party met with the Polisario Front delegation at the Anti-Imperialist Meeting of Solidarity in Havana and pledged to deepen our practical ties and internationalist solidarity.
During a visit to New Zealand, the regional representative of Polisario told Radio New Zealand that since the occupation of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic has been condemned by international law and the United Nations, New Zealand should ban imports of “blood phosphate”.
The Rail and Maritime Transport Union have pledged further industrial action against this practical support for colonialism.
The visit of the Deputy Secretary of
the CC NCPA, Comrade J Morgan, to Sydney, Australia to mark the 99th
Anniversary of the Communist Party of Australia is the first ever visit to an
international Communist Party by the NCPA, highlighting the vitality and
importance placed upon the alliance of trans-Tasman Communists by both sides.
While the two Parties are and will
remain independent in their efforts to apply Marxism-Leninism to national
conditions and build the conditions for socialist revolution, a trans-Tasman
relationship of cooperation is undeniably important. Our two countries are
strongly interconnected in financial, political, military and most importantly,
people-to-people ties. Any change in the social, economic or political situation
on one side of the Tasman will strongly influence, the other. Therefore,
Communists in both countries play close attention and give support to the other
The CC CPA welcomes the establishment
of the NCPA and expressed its hope that the NCPA will be able to successfully
lead New Zealand out of the low ebb of world socialism and re-popularise the
Communist theory and Party amongst the New Zealand working class.
The CC CPA also conveyed best wishes for the First National Congress of the NCPA to be held in Wellington on November 21-22 with the theme “The 21st Century: A New Era in Social Progress”, and accepted the kind invitation to send a delegation to participate in this Congress as a sign of the friendship between our two Parties.
The CC NCPA fully supports the renewed
and consolidated leadership of the CPA given the recent successes of the CC CPA
in re-establishing leadership based around firm Marxist-Leninist principles.
Comrade Morgan expressed the firm belief of the CC NCPA that the significant
history of the CPA and its continued adherence to Marxism-Leninism meant that
even after the low ebb of world socialism, the CPA is in a strong and stable
position to continue its traditionally important role in the Australian
workers’ movement and strengthen its ties to the masses.
Both sides fully intend to continue
the current trend of high-level and frequent discussion and cooperation between
the NCPA and CPA while looking for ways to further enhance a practical relationship
based on mutual respect and solidarity, friendship, non-interference and
cooperation under Marxist-Leninist principles of proletarian internationalism.
Long live the
fighting Communist Party of Australia and New Communist Party of Aotearoa!
Latin America has always been a continent of struggle against imperialism and its domination by foreign powers. Heroes like the Taino chief Hautey, executed by Spanish colonists, are still held up as aspirations for Latin American internationalists and anti-imperialist fighters. So too are later figures such as Simón Bolívar, Benito Juárez and José de San Martín, who liberated the countries of Latin America from colonialism and first introduced the idea of the Patria Grande or the Great Homeland, a collective anti-imperialist spirit and identity spanning all of Latin America.
The 20th Century brought a new generation of anti-imperialist fighters to the continent: Sandino in Nicaragua, Farabundo Martí in El Salvador, Luis Emilio Recabarren in Chile, and of course, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara in Cuba. Inspired by the success of the Great October Socialist Revolution and the new Soviet Union, for the first time ideas of socialism and Marxism-Leninism entered the fight of Latin America.
The following speech was delivered in Sydney, Australia on 26 October 2019 at the celebrations of the 99th year of the Communist Party of Australia by Deputy Secretary of the Central Committee, New Communist Party of Aotearoa, J Morgan.