Support for ACC hunger striker

Last updated 12:27 20/12/2013
Mike Dixon-McIver ACC protest

Protesters march in Wellington in support of Mike Dixon-McIver's hunger strike protest against his treatment by ACC.

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Protesters have gathered in central Wellington to support Mike Dixon-McIver, who is on a hunger strike to protest his treatment by ACC.

Thirty people gathered at the Wellington Railway Station, before moving on to Parliament and ACC's head office in Aitken St, where Mr Dixon-McIver has camped for 47 days.

Mr Dixon-McIver said he was prepared to die for his cause.

He was feeling ''pretty grim'' but encouraged by support from passers-by.

''I've met some lovely people.''

He was not eating solid food and was getting by on coffee and fruit juice.

The 75-year-old ACC advocate has been locked in a six-year battle with the corporation after it tried to prosecute him for fraud.

The case was thrown out and earlier this year a judge awarded Mr Dixon-McIver full legal costs of $13,000, but the corporation refused to go to mediation to discuss damages.

Mr Dixon-McIvor said all he wanted was arbitration and ''I would pack up tonight', but dsif ACC had reneged on a handshake deal to enter into talks.

Protests were also held today in Auckland, Rotorua, Gisborne, Wellington, Dunedin and Invercargill.

ACC Spokesperson Stephanie Melville said it had offered Mr Dixon-McIver binding arbitration.

''He put conditions on accepting arbitration. We couldn't  agree to those conditions.''

ACC continued to work towards a settlement, she said.

''We are extremely concerned about Mr Dixon-McIver's health, and are doing everything we can to monitor his safety and well being, whilst respecting his right to protest.''

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