Auckland Action Against Poverty is a direct action, advocacy and education group mobilising against the neoliberal agenda on jobs, welfare and poverty.
Office address: 120 Church Street, Onehunga 1061. Open Mon - Fri 10am to 3pm.
Who we are
Since 2010 we have been organising against the government’s agenda on unemployment, welfare and poverty.
We believe that everyone has the right to:
a decent job
free access to quality education and training that leads to decent work
enough money to live on with dignity, whether on a benefit or in work
be respected for the unpaid work we do, in home and community.
AAAP has two main areas of work:
Political action, education and research
How we take action
Every day, people leave Work & Income feeling humiliated and harassed because the current welfare system is complex and unfair. Successive governments have cut benefits but failed to create decent jobs. The narrow focus on pushing people into paid work, any job at any cost to their welfare, has created a culture which punishes people for being unemployed.
We don’t accept that this is the way things have to be.
Instead, we stand up, speak out and fight back through:
Street actions, pickets and demonstrations
Media and social media work
Accepting invitations to speak to groups who invite us
Running education workshops and doing research on our issues
We have many ideas about solutions to unemployment, poverty and a broken, punitive welfare system, including a government commitment to the creation of decent jobs for unemployed people, total reform of welfare, a major state housing programme and the eventual introduction of a progressive UBI (universal basic income).
AAAP calls on political parties, unions, church and community organisations to join us in 3 key demands:
Lift benefits to levels people can live on
Overturn National’s welfare reforms; treat people with respect & dignity, not intimidation & punishment
Require government to ensure that everyone has access to secure, healthy & affordable housing.