The Union’s Governance Rort

The left are always going on about the 1% and the cost of executives and directors.

One would assume that they would be tough on their own executives and directors, not paying them vast amounts of money for governance.

Most Unions hide their governance costs in their accounts but four do not.

Income Governance % of Income spent on Governance
Dairy Workers Union $2,783,802 $138,936 4.99%
EPMU $11,144,321 $45,567 0.41%
NZEI $18,639,229 $959,511 5.15%
TEU $4,511,353 $384,044 8.51%

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How much cash do Unions take each year?

Following on from a series of posts that discovered the union movement has a massive amount of equity, we have taken a look at the amount of money the unions take each year. Remember the six unions that are Labour affiliates have equity of $46,275,893.

Subscriptions  Non Sub Income Total Income
DWU  Dairy Workers Union  $2,637,578  $146,224  $2,783,802
EPMU  Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union  $10,155,961  $988,360  $11,144,321
MUNZ  Maritime Union of New Zealand  $2,180,817  $898,594  $3,079,411
MWU  Meatworkers Union  $2,801,507  $301,359  $3,102,866
RMTU  Rail, Maritime & Transport Union  $1,788,741  $242,018  $2,030,759
SFWU  Service & Food Workers Union  $4,928,506  $1,189,550  $6,118,056
Total     $24,493,110  $3,766,105  $28,259,215

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Labour’s affiliate unions and their $46,275,893 war chest


As incorporated societies the Union movement is compelled to release their financial records online at www.societies.govt.nz.

In the most recent data for the six unions who contribute to Labour and get a vote in the Labour leadership race there is an absolutely staggering amount of equity held by these unions.

 Equity 2013 or 2014
Dairy Workers Union  $5,026,901.00
Engineering, Printing and Manufacturering Union  $15,124,477.00
Maritime Union of New Zealand  $11,877,039.00
Meatworkers Union  $4,554,513.00
Rail, Maritime & Transport Union  $4,063,310.00
Service & Food Workers Union  $5,629,653.00

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Why doesn’t Andrew Little face the same type of questions as Bill Shorten?

Australia has a Royal Commission investigating Union Corruption. It is asking a lot of questions of ALP leader Bill Shorten about his time as a union leader before he entered Parliament.

The main stream media has glossed over Andrew Little’s time at the EPMU, when there were a long series of questionable financial matters that have not been investigated properly.

Here are the questions we want answers to. They are all based on documents available on the www.societies.govt.nz web site.

Engineering Training and Education Foundation:            The EPMU advanced $6m to the Engineering Training and Education Foundation in 1995.

  1. Why did the EPMU give the Engineering Training and Education Foundation a $6m Loan?
  2. What was the purpose of the loan?
  3. What is the current book value of the loan?
  4. What happened to the money?
  5. What does “Impairment Provision” mean?
  6. Is the Engineering Training and Education Foundation trading as insolvent?
  7. If it is not trading as insolvent how can it continue trading with negative equity of $2,282,264 in the 2012 year?

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Will the MSM ever look at Andrew Little’s record, Ctd

His leadership is a dog's breakfast and tastes like a dog's leavings

What do you mean there are irregularities?

Over the past few weeks we have been looking into the EPMU under Andrew Little’s stewardship. There are a series of financial anomalies that need explaining, especially for a man who wants to be Prime Minister and be responsible for the Government Accounts.

Previous Questions were asked here, here and here.


We also provided the original documentation from the Societies web site. This is all public source information so anyone can find it if they visit the Societies web site.   Read more »

Will the MSM ever look into Andrew Little’s record? Ctd

In 2011 Andrew Little swapped his job at the EPMU and as Labour Party President for a List MP slot.

Until then he had been the leading light at the EPMU since the late 90s, and claimed credit for its success.

The EPMU’s success did not include successfully filing accounts on time or correctly.

Some had to be refiled, and there are big questions about the stewardship of the EPMU during Little’s tenure.

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The Uber-Union is coming

Two of Labour’s strongest affiliate unions are joining together to create a super union…well a bigger union than the hollow shells they are now.

What is funny is watching left-wingers use the same justifications for the super-city to create their Uber-union

The old adage of strength in numbers is the main driver behind the proposed merger between two of New Zealand’s larger unions.

In July, the potential combination of the Service and Food Workers Union (SFWU) with the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union (EPMU) will be put to the vote at a national conference and if it gets the thumbs up there, the memberships of both groups will then get to have their say.

The merger could result in a more than 50,000 strong union being established, which would make it the second biggest group behind the Council of Trade Unions. The current membership of the SFWU is about 21,000, while the EPMU numbers sit around 32,000.

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Will the MSM ever look into Andrew Little’s record, Ctd


Last week we highlighted Labour Leader Andrew Little’s tenure at the EPMU and potential problems with the EPMU’s financial records. We suggested that the MSM were interested in trivial things like pony tail pulling, but not in detailed research about Andrew Little’s past.

There were seven questions we asked about the EPMU and the Engineering Training and Education Foundation and a missing $6m.

These questions should be put to Andrew Little, because if someone cannot manage a union’s finances properly it is hard to imagine them being able to run a nation’s finances properly.   Read more »

Will the MSM ever look into Andrew Little’s Record?

My numbers are rising I tell you

The current problems facing ALP leader Bill Shorten over irregular payments to his union are the subject of a Royal Commission. They are also subject to serious scrutiny by serious Australian journalists.

In New Zealand this has not happened as our incredibly shallow press have concentrated on pulling of pony tails and other trivial things. They have done a light once-over of Andrew Little, and tried to make him seem human.

They have not taken a deep and thorough look into his background at the EPMU and the financial irregularities that need questioning.

Andrew Little makes strong claims about his stewardship of the EPMU, yet there are clear and very public inconsistencies in the EPMU accounts. All this is available on the public record, yet none of our ambulance-chasing journalists have been willing to do the kind of deep research required to make a story stack up, or to ask Andrew Little questions about his union’s accounts.   Read more »

Why Labour needs to distance themselves from the unions

Labour’s deep history is wedded with the union movement, but it is a history that they need to put behind them in order to advance.

It hasn’t helped that the unions shoe-horned their master into the leadership when Andrew Little won the leadership race.

Labour parties the world over are struggling with their union backers.

In Australia there is a long line up of union officials, former union officials who are now MPs and Labor MPs funded and backed by the unions being paraded before various Independent Commissions Against Corruption.

In the UK Unite union is the king-maker and essentially owns the Labour party through their massive multi-million pound donations.

In New Zealand Labour’s biggest donors are the unions, kicking in hundreds of thousands of dollars in members cash, time and manpower to assist Labour. The NZ Dairy Workers union kicked in $40,000 before the election last year. The EPMU (Andrew Little’s union) tipped in $60,000 in July 2014. These are small numbers when compared to the UK but they are Labour’s largest declared donors.

So, why would I say that Labour should distance themselves from the unions?

Well, because the latest UMR (Labour’s own pollster) mood of the nation report shows that unions are not well-loved.

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