Auckland Action Against Poverty is a direct action, advocacy and education group mobilising against the neoliberal agenda on jobs, welfare and poverty.
Since 2010 they have been organising against the government’s agenda on unemployment, welfare and poverty.
AAAP believes 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
- Beneficiary advocacy
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.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
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
AAAP has 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.