Skycity workers have been striking to bring back time and a half weekend and night rates for over two months now, not just for themselves but for all workers in New Zealand. But now they see that the company has put its profits before the health and safety of its workers, in a terrible evacuation that left many workers inhaling toxic smoke for up to four hours on the day of the fire, and then many more forced to breath smoky air in confined spaces after being ordered back to work on Thursday.
The Skycity workers call on all of Auckland to rally in solidarity with them this Friday 7pm at the base of the Skytower to then reclaim Federal Street from the company.
Federal Street is our street.
We call on the Climate movement to support our demand for free and frequent public transport, to help stop the pollution of our city, at the site of Auckland’s worst fire in decades.
The car park is now overcrowded and workers who still havew a car spend over an hour trying to get out. Hundreds of workers are left without proper transport options now their cars have been destroyed- and public transport is a joke at night time for 24/7 workers.
We need hundreds of new buses in Auckland NOW as part of the Climate emergency.
We call on the migrant workers movement and the anti racist movement to stand with our Chinese, Filipino, Pasifika, Maori and many other migrant workers who are striking against bullying and exploitation.
We call on the solidarity of Auckland’s union movement to support our fight to bring back weekend and night rates, not just for ourselves, but for all the workers of Aotearoa. The union movement should also stand with the workers of the Convention Centre and those who work for Fletchers, to say that not one job should be lost before Christmas whilst these companies of the 1% have hundreds of millions of dollars.
On the day of the fire, Skycity’s CEO Graham Stevens did not wear a mask. To protest the lack of health and safety leadership from this man, please wear your own mask to the Ball. A Halloween mask. A V for Vendetta Mask. A Joker mask. A WW2 gas mask. A proper respirator mask. There should be enough masks in every workplace in Auckland to protect workers in the event of fire.
There was not in Skycity.
Join us at the Halloween Masked Ball at the bottom of the Sky Tower in front of Skycity this Friday 7pm to say People Before Profits- System Change not Climate Change- Stop the racist exploitation of migrant workers- Bring Back the Weekend- Time for time and a half for all workers in New Zealand!