Wednesday, 17 February 2010
by Vaughan Gunson
20 people joined a picket outside Whangarei National Party MP Phil Heatley's electoral office as part of nationwide pickets called by the Campaign for a Living Wage.
Linking the campaign to lift the minimum wage to $15ph with popular opposition to a GST hike resulted in a pretty good turn-out for a Whangarei action. And there were heaps of toots of support from passers-by.
The Green Party, Socialist Worker, the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) and the Progressive Party were represented on the picket, along with other local activists and workers.
The picket had good media coverage, with a story in the local paper the night before, a radio story the day after, and a follow up photo in the local paper. The action has given a boost to the minimum wage campaign in Whangarei, as well as broad left cooperation in general.