Socialist Worker (Aotearoa)

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Socialist Worker members marching against the Israeli invasion of Lebanon on 5 August 2006 in Queen Street, Auckland.

Socialist Worker (SW) was a socialist organisation based in New Zealand (Aotearoa).

SW evolved out of the group known as the Socialist Workers Organization, the successor organisation of the Communist Party of New Zealand.[citation needed] It had two main branches in Auckland and Wellington, but activists in most other cities in NZ.[citation needed] Recently,[when?] it began to grow modestly through work done in workers' organisations such as the Solidarity Union,[1] Unite Union,[2] the Climate Change Coalition Climaction,[3] the anti-war movement and the Venezuela Aotearoa Solidarity Team.[4]

Many of its key activists were involved in the Residents Action Movement,[citation needed] which polled over 87,000 votes in the 2004 Auckland Regional Council elections.[citation needed]

It published a quarterly themed journal called Unity, and its activists contributed to the monthly Workers' Charter paper.[citation needed] It also had a regularly updated blog called UnityAotearoa.[5]

SW's national conference in February 2007 adopted a new ten point "Where We Stand" programme.[6]

SW was part of the International Socialist Tendency (IST). On 1 May 2007, it presented a May Day Statement to the IST, calling for a positive engagement with the Venezuelan Revolution.[7]

A number of SW members split from the organisation in 2008 to form Socialist Aotearoa.[8]

SW voted to dissolve itself at its conference in January 2012.[9] Its ex-members went on to participate in the EcoSocialist Network.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "What is Solidarity Union, and what does it do?". Solidarity. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Home". Unite. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Home". Venezuela Aotearoa Solidarity Team. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Home". Unity. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "WHERE WE STAND: Socialist Worker's ten-point programme". Unity. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "May Day statement by central committee of Socialist Worker-New Zealand". Unity. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "Open Letter to Socialist Aotearoa (May 2008)". Workers Party New Zealand. 1 May 2008. Archived from the original on 24 July 2010. Retrieved 6 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "Resolution of 2012 conference of Socialist Worker". 29 January 2012. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. 

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