Vaughan Gunson

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Vaughn Gunson

Vaughn Gunson is a Whangarei based artist and socialist activist.

SWO member

In 2000, Gunson was an artist and Northland Socialist Workers Organisation member [1]

In May 2000, Gunson was a speaker at SWO's Socialism 2000 hui at Metro College Auckaland, on "Art and National Identity in NZ".

Red & Green

In 2003, Gunson was Whangarei contact for the Alliance party linked Red & Green magazine. He was a Northland Polytechnic art history lecturer.


In 2004, Vaughn Gunson was Unite union volunteer, helping to organise Burger King workers [2]

Socialist Worker Monthly Review

In 2004, Gunson served on the editorial team of Socialist Worker Monthly Review.

Workers Charter

In 2005 the Workers Charter was personally endorsed by 119 individuals, including Vaughn Gunson, artist & ASTE teacher union activist (Whangarei).[3]

Workers Charter conference


Matt McCarten, John Minto and Socialist Worker hosted a “Workers Charter” meeting Saturday October 11 2006, in Auckland.

The Workers Charter Movement was the embryo of a new left wing political party, modeled on the successful British “Respect” coalition and the less successful Australian Socialist Alliance. It was also a co-ordinating body for militant union trade union activity. The “movement” published a “Workers Charter” newspaper.

This Saturday, 7th October, starts 11am

Auckland Trades Hall 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn

11 – 11.10am Welcome from chair (Daphne Lawless).
11.10am – 12.30pm – Workers Charter, a paper for the movement – introduced by John Minto (editorial) & Bronwyn Summers (financial).
1.30 – 3pm – Unions in the 21st century – intro by Laila Harre (NDU), Andrew Little (EPMU), Sue Bradford (Green MP), Mengzhu (Radical Youth) and Joe Carolan (unionist & socialist).
3.15 – 4pm – Human Rights for Workers campaign – introduced by Vaughan Gunson (unionist & socialist) and Eliana Darroch (Radical Youth).
4pm – 4.30 pm – Graham Matthews, Australian unionist.
4.30 – 4.45pm – election of expanded, national editorial board of Workers Charter paper.
4.45 – 5.30pm – Climaction Day (4 November) to build a campaign for System Change, Not Climate Change. Speaker(s) to be confirmed.[4]

Socialist worker leader

In 2007 Socialist Worker Central Committee members were;

Supporting Bolivian revolution

In September 2007 a statement was circulated by the blog Bolivia Rising in support of the revolutionary government of Bolivia;[5]

The democratically elected government of Bolivia's first indigenous president Evo Morales Ayma, which is heading a process of democratic change, is Washington's immediate target in Latin America today. Bolivia is in Washington's sight, not only because it is viewed as the weakest link of the growing axis of hope in the region, but because of its role as a catalyst for inspiring the struggles of indigenous peoples, regionally and internationally, for real social justice...
Now is the time for all intellectuals, union militants, solidarity activists, political parties and progressive minded individuals who believe in real justice and equality to raise their voices in defense of the Bolivian government and its people. No to US interference in Bolivia!

Signatories included;

Kia Ora Gaza

In 2010, Vaughn Gunson was Kia Ora Gaza website administrator.[6]

Socialist Worker

In 2010 Vaughn Gunson was Socialist Worker national chair & Tax Justice Campaign coordinator.[7]

Socialist Worker’s central committee

The Socialist Worker central committee in August 2011 consisted of;[8]