New Zealand miners remembered


This is called Raw video: Fire blazes at Pike River mine.

New Zealand: A remembrance service has been held in Greymouth for the 29 men killed in an explosion at the Pike River Coal mine on November 19. The government ensured that no family members spoke, and that no questions were raised about the unsafe practices that led to the disaster: here.

Matt McCarten is the secretary of New Zealand’s fastest growing union, Unite. The union organises fast-food workers, cleaners, hotel, casino, security and part-time staff. It has a financial membership of 8000 members: here.

The Pike River tragedy, which saw 29 miners declared dead on November 24th after being trapped in the mine for five days, was no random or isolated incident. It was a crime against the miners and the working class as a whole. From the foreseeable and preventable methane explosions, to the failed rescue operation and the drawn-out saga engulfing the retrieval of the bodies, the disaster constitutes yet another grim indictment of the private profit system: here.

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