- 1 Background
- 2 Socialist Bookshops Auckland Limited
- 3 Last SUP Central Committee meeting before split
- 4 Street and SUP - (un) healthy association
- 5 Union activism
- 6 SUP
- 7 SAL connections
- 8 Anti Springbok Tour activism
- 9 Unemployed activism
- 10 Election work
- 11 Soviet trip
- 12 Review of "Shadows"
- 13 Australian visit
- 14 Anti NLP
- 15 SPA
- 16 Progressive Coalition
- 17 References
Doug McCallum is a New Zealand activist.
McCallum's father was involved in 1951 waterfront lockout & was close to the communist movement. Worked in flour mill, driving jobs, railways. While working as labourer in wood milling section of railways got talking to a Communist Party of New Zealand member and started thinking politically and got involved in unions. Has been to the Soviet Union.
Socialist Bookshops Auckland Limited
Registered Address 159 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland
Directors / Officers:
- Bruce Skilton, director, 18 Feb 1990-15 Mar 1994
- Donna Irene Lyon, director, 15 Mar 1994-
- Douglas Maurice McCallum, director, 18 Feb 1990-
- Emily Phyllis Vidanovich, director, 15 Mar 1994-
- George Jackson, director, 18 Feb 1990-15 Mar 1994
- Gloria Stanford, director, 15 Mar 1994-
- Bill Andersen, director, 18 Feb 1990-
- John R Stanford, director, 18 Feb 1990-
- William Eggleston, director, 18 Feb 1990-15 Mar 1994
Last SUP Central Committee meeting before split
Wellington March 1990.
Street and SUP - (un) healthy association
In 1989, the People's Voice, the newspaper of the Communist Party of New Zealand, an article was featured in which it was noted that Street was a Health Effectiveness Studies Coordinator, working alongside Socialist Unity Party member Simon Wallace. As part of this article, there was a photograph of her in the company of SUP members.
1979 - Chairman of the Otahuhu branch of the National Union of Railwaymen.
1989/90 Regional Co Ordinator NZ CTU Auckland District Council.
1991 - made redundant as Regional Cordinator NZ CTU Auckland.
1992 Aug 23, Frontline reports he is running Pak 'n Save picket in Glen Innes, Auck. NDU. Staff are all anti-union. No mention of communism.
1989 May, CTU spokesman urging unions and community groups to attend mass rally called by Auck Council of TUs to oppose Auck's $46 million health service cuts. 
1970s increased union activism at the railways. "I was becoming more involved on the job and with the local branch of the union. Over a 5-year period I was made assistant secretary, then vice-chairman, then secretary and, eventually, branch chairman. We were involved in a number of disputes. Asbestos was one of them. . . I joined the SUP while I was still at the railways." 
1981 - Sept., Committee member of Socialist Unity Party's Auckland regional conference.
1982 - Sept 18-19, elected chairman Auckland region SUP at their annual conference. .
1983 - chairman Auck regional committee of SUP 
1983 - 87 Auckland regional secretary of SUP.
1984 - Dec., National Organiser for SUP .
1988 - Labour Weekend, attended 8th National Conference of SUP. Member Central Committee of SUP.
1989 - on Auckland regional executive of SUP. 
1991 - Feb 1, organiser of Auckland march against benefit cuts at which there was big red CPNZ banner "Build a United Front of Labour - Communist Party" and many smaller red flags. Frank Clarke spoke to crowd, also there were Bill Andersen & Sue Bradford.
1979 Sep. 1 Celebrated 10 years of Socialist Action with dinner in Auckland.
Anti Springbok Tour activism
1981 "I was involved in the opposition to the Springboks tour." 
1983, Aug. 8, full page profile in Tribune "Working for the unemployed". McCallum is married with 2 children, unemployed, working voluntarily for ATC's Unemployed Workers Union. "Through this period [late 70s early 80s] I was finding it increasingly difficult to get a job because I had become identified through my role in the railways, and I remained active in the union movement. I got a job at Mason & Porters through a friend and was subsequently made redundant. After that it became virtually impossible for me to get a job, so I've involved myself in the UWU in Auck, and am actively working in that and will continue to do so."
1983-88 contact for Auckland Unemployed Workers Union.
1984 March, Doug McCallum was convenor of 2-day Upper North Island Conference of Unemployed Workers at the Auckland Youth Resource Centre's Marae, organized by Auck UWU. All delegates represented unemployed workers organisations which identified with trade union movement. He saw forming of a regional body of unemployed workers orgs as most important result of conference. Speakers included Bill Andersen, Johnny Mitchell, Maryan Street, Mat Rata, Peter Neilson and Tim Shadbolt.
1984 July 12, AUWU organises demonstration against National Party at Muldoon's Auckland election meeting.
1984, late July or early August, speaker for AUWU at rally for the unemployed held at Beachhaven Residents Hall. He told unemployed that "their situation would be impossible unless a Labour Government is elected." 
1988 Oct 10-Nov 2, involved in organising March Against Unemployment in North Island.
1988 - "DMc" on proposed membership list SUP Unemployment Commission.
1988 - on SUP Unemployment Commission. convenor.
1989 - on SUP Unemployment Commission.
1989 - Nov. 27, wrote article in Tribune "North survives on welfare", on Northland's unemployment plight.
1983 - wrote article on the ARA in Tribune [Oct 3]. Above his article was a slogan for the local body elections: "Vote for Socialist Unity Party and Labour Party candidates".
1984 after announcement of snap election worked full time in National Office of SUP for the period of the election. Continued part-time afterwards, and part time for Auckland Region.
"We thank you for the invitation to send 4 mid level cadres to the USSR to study CPSU leadership at the levels closest to workers"
"Douglas McCallum-Regional Cttee Chairman, Chairman of Unemployed workers organisation, trade-blacksmith" All but Farr arrive on the 8th May by SU 558.
Review of "Shadows"
1985 Sept. 30, McCallum, wrote book review in Tribune on anti-communist book "Shadows Over New Zealand". "This is a book to be taken seriously by all progressive people."
June 1986 attended Youth Socialist League of Australia Congress.  1989 May, CTU spokesman urging unions and community groups to attend mass rally called by Auck Council of TUs to oppose Auck's $46 million health service cuts. [Press 25 May]
1989 May 29, wrote letter to Tribune on the formation of the New Labour Party and its negative effect on working class unity. "We must use all the treasures of the Marxist/Leninist storehouse to confront this real and developing situation."
1990 - resigned from SUP to join Socialist Party of Aotearoa, age 35 , was SUP Auckland Regional Secretary, was in SUP 14 years.
1992 June, Secretary, SPA. 
Auckland SPA wrote the local CTU May Day Committee re holding a function for all former employees of the Otahuhu Railways workshops which was recently banged shut by Railcorp. The Shops has been the venue of much communist and progressive activity for many years and was the forum for debate and activity by long serving communists including George Jackson, the late Len Reid, Terry Knobbs, Steve Hieatt, Ray Gough, Doug McCallum, Mike Reddington, The late Tom Gale, Matiu Rata and many others. 
2002 - on Progressive Coalition Parliamentary list.
- People's Voice October 16, 1989
- [Press 25 May]
- [Tribune 8 Aug 1983]
- [Trib 20 Sept 82]
- [Tribune 3 October]
- GJ docs
- [SA, Sept 21]
- [Tribune 8 Aug 1983]
- [Workers in the Margins: Union Radicals in Post-war New Zealand By Cybèle Locke page 95]
- [Tribune 5 July]
- GJ docs
- GJ docs
- [Tribune 30 June]
- [SPA News, June]
- SPA News Nov 1992 Page 12.