Council Of Trade Unions Calls For End To Anti-mandate Protest


“The NZCTU understands that the right to participate in protest actions is a fundamental element of freedom of expression and a sign of a healthy and functioning democracy. The NZCTU proudly upholds and exercises these rights to protest in NZ.

“The current protest in and around the Parliament precinct however is not simply about the right to protest and we do not support it continuing, nor do we support the basic anti-mandate call being made by the protestors.

“We are concerned by the undue ongoing disruption it is causing workers and their families, including school children and students. The protest is having a negative impact on workers in the vicinity being able to do their jobs safely, and without abuse.The protest has involved harassment of the public, it has prevented workers from moving around and from accessing public transport, it has blocked roads and put emergency services at risk.

“We are further concerned at the tone of much of the protest, calling for violence against our elected representatives and the media. Let alone the conspiracy theories and unscientific assertions being circulated in an effort to undermine our public health response. These are not actions consistent with a free and open democratic society.

“We therefore ask that the protest at the Parliament precinct end immediately,” says Richard Wagstaff

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  1. Normally I would think that the protest should be a little outside CTU’s sphere to invite comment upon.
    It is fair for the CTU to support the mandate and say so but perhaps unwise to comment on the conduct of a protest it didn’t organise.

    However, writers on this particular blog have deliberately conflated the situation into a class struggle and described protesters using terms such as “workers” and employing rhetoric that pits middle-class against underclass etc. So it is entirely appropriate that such a press release purporting to represent a worker organisation should at least appear on this particular blog site.

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