Sunday, 18 November 2012

Key Sources of Information on the Pike River Mining Disaster

The following are some links to key sources of information on the Pike River mining disaster. I'll be building this up over the next few days. 

The first and most important place to start is the Royal Commission report:

And for the full report including Volume 2:

Very useful articles include:

Bryce Edwards provides a useful set of links to material in his NZ Politics Daily, November 6th, 2012. This is reproduced in the NBR:

He also has a useful collection of images, cartoons, and so forth at:

For his criticism of Labour and the EPMU see:

There is some useful background on wikipedia: 

You can watch John Key's response to the report at:

Pike families' lawyer, Nick Davidson QC, and spokesman Bernie Monk emerged from the Greymouth report release and commented briefly on TV3: 

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

The Tragedy at Pike River

Check out this article on Pike River. It isn't critical enough of the failure of the Engineering, Printing, and Manufacturing Union to organise its members to take industrial action over safety concerns at the mine, but it is still provides a powerful critique of the other key factors that led to the tragedy: a business that put profit ahead of its workers' safety, neoliberal deregulation by successive neoliberal Labour and National governments, which among other things meant that the Department of Labour was insufficiently resourced to inspect mining operations and operated on the basis of the assumption that business can be trusted to largely regulate itself with respect to health and safety. 

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Knowing Victims: Feminism and Victim Politics in Neoliberal Times

This important book will be essential reading for everyone who is interested in feminism and critical of neoliberalism. Written by the wonderful, brilliant, word smith- Rebecca Stringer.