May 1st is International Workers Day, which is a good time to reflect on what's happening with workers' rights and industrial action under the Labour-led Government.

Of course, in New Zealand we don't have a strong culture of celebrating May Day. You'll barely find a mention of it in the media and the day goes unmarked by left wing politicians and even most trade unions. May Day has become even more of an anachronism in recent years, with the decline of unions and the labour movement in general. Overt working class politics went out of fashion a long time