EPMU

Why is the EPMU not donating to National on behalf of its members? – Observation by the Owl

The Owl is not surprised by the press release about the Unions donating funds to NZ Labour Party. The Owl says this is orchestrated because it is showing an incredible “squeaky clean” approach with all the donation sagas going on.

Observation by the Owl.

EPMU says they are going to donate $60,000.00 but when you read the EPMU constitution, the executive powers does not state anywhere that they can make donations to a political party.

The Executive Powers are quite clear in Section 6 (paraphrased headings).

  1. Represent members
  2. Subscriptions
  3. Property
  4. Invest
  5. Borrow
  6. Appoint
  7. Contracts

The Objectives are as per Section 5 read to promote the members wishes through a variety of methods which are sound and reasonable.

This this is where the Owl thinks it gets all a bit “tricky’  – the EPMU is affiliated to the NZ Labour Party, votes for the leadership and appoints a member to the NZ Labour Party.     Read more »

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EPMU indicate who they would like to win the election

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EPMU members showing Cunliffe and Norman what they expect

The EPMU press release:

The EPMU national conference has endorsed donations to the Labour Party and Green Party for their election campaigns.

“Our elected conference delegates feel very strongly that a Labour-Green coalition government is the best hope for restoring workers’ rights, rebuilding our manufacturing sector with a sustainable strategy for jobs, and ensuring that all Kiwis get a fair share of the growing economy,” says Bill Newson, national secretary of the EPMU.

Labour leader David Cunliffe and Green co-leader Russel Norman both spoke at the conference, explaining the policies their respective parties will take into government following the 2014 election. Read more »

The perspective of distance

I live in Auckland, many would say that gives me a handicap in talking and commenting on politics which is largely centred inside the Thorndon Triangle or to use the American idiom, “The Beltway”.

I find that living outside of the incestuous and collegial atmosphere of Wellington means I get a different perspective on matters and can say and write things without fear of my restaurant dining buddies and cafe, latte sipping confidantes getting upset and refusing to talk to me.

The same could be said for Dene Mackenzie at the Otago Daily Times.

A change in the Labour Party leadership to Grant Robertson would have benefits for the two Dunedin MPs, Clare Curran and David Clark, both of whom were strong supporters of Mr Robertson in last year’s leadership round.

Mr Robertson indicated yesterday he had ”no intention” of challenging leader David Cunliffe before the election. However, another bad poll for Labour and Mr Robertson is likely to feel his colleagues breathing down his neck, urging a change.

Mr Cunliffe’s actions are coming under increasing scrutiny, particularly after it emerged this week he had written a letter on behalf of wealthy Chinese businessman Donghua Liu.

The letter was written soon after Mr Cunliffe was elected New Lynn MP, 11 years ago.

He claims to have no recollection of the letter or any meeting with Mr Liu. But the first sentence of the supporting letter indicates either he, or his office, had been approached by Mr Liu.

Dunedin South MP Ms Curran was demoted by Mr Cunliffe after he was selected as leader of the party, as his support came mainly from the membership and trade unions, rather than caucus.

Dunedin North MP Dr Clark lost some seniority in the reshuffle, but took it well by taking a long-term view of his prospects.

Both MPs told Mr Cunliffe of their support for Mr Robertson before the Labour leadership forum held in Dunedin.

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Who are David Cunliffe’s secret two donors? [ POLL ]

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A – Helen Clark, personal donation

B – Don Pryde, EPMU president, on behalf of EPMU

C – Helen Kelly – CTU president, personal donation

Pick David Cunliffe's two "secret" donors!

  • Don and Helen (B & C) (57%, 803 Votes)
  • Helen and Helen (A & C) (25%, 358 Votes)
  • Helen and Don (A & B) (18%, 248 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,409

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New jobs not good enough for the EPMU

People moan about my attitude towards unions.

Generally they add no value to anything and are often the cause of issues and certainly almost never the solution.

Take the EPMU whinging about 139 new jobs…they simply aren’t good enough for the EPMU.

There’s not much cause to celebrate in the news that 139 jobs at Sitel in Australia will be moving to New Zealand, says the union for telecommunications workers, the EPMU.

The US company announced last week that it is moving jobs to New Zealand because labour is cheaper here.

“That’s not good news for workers or the New Zealand economy,” says Anita Rosentreter, EPMU organiser. “These jobs aren’t secure and they don’t give workers a chance to build a real career or plan for their future.

“Last year we lost 100 jobs from Sitel in Auckland. They went to Australia and the Philippines.   Read more »

EPMU boss caught telling fibs, he should get his facts straight

EPMU Boss confirms $17M of missing union member’s funds – Observation by the Owl

I have admired Bill Newson from the EPMU and have given him much credit for revealing all the details of EPMU financial information of which had not previously been disclosed.

However the EPMU Boss caught telling fibs is a very discreet posting on the EPMU website where he confirms that $17M of union members funds has gone missing.

FACT: On May 13th 2014 this was posted on EMPU website.

John Key’s attack on workers’ unions is a desperate ploy to distract attention from serious questions about his own party.

“We’re a democratic organisation representing thousands of hardworking Kiwis, and we have nothing to hide,” says Bill Newson, national secretary of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union.

The Prime Minister made wild accusations about union donations to the Labour Party after his Cabinet ministers were implicated in a cash-for-access scandal.

“Our members expect us to support policies which are good for workers and their families, good for wages, and good for the economy,” says Bill Newson. “That’s why they continue to support our affiliation to the Labour Party.  Read more »

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A bloody good point

David Farrar raises a bloody good point.

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Of course they have their former General Secretary sitting in caucus as well, plus several members of Cunliffe’s war room and staff are ex-officio EPMU members…including Paul Tolich.

Let’s look at their declared cash donations to Labour.  Read more »

Question Time round up, sound smacking all round for Labour’s ‘stars’

Not a stellar start from the new Labour team at question time.

Paula Bennett answering about the success of getting beneficiaries to sort out outstanding warrants with the coppers or lose your benefit. Sue Moroney leaps up to ask how it helps them get a job?  It was a stupid irrelevant question which Bennett bats away to which Moroney raises a point of order and subjects herself to another healthy smack across the chops.

Phil Twyford reels out stats to Nick Smith lamenting how many houses housing NZ has demolished and not renewed leases on and wants to know why ? Fucking great big earthquake perhaps.   Read more »

#Laboursgottalent backfires, contenders chicken out

It looks like question time yesterday was such a disaster that Labour leadership contenders have bailed on it today. To makes matters worse no Labour MP is asking a question to the Prime Minister today, even though it will be his last question time for three weeks.

But is also turns out they were just using taxpayers cash to travel to a protest to suck up to the unions.

Whoopsy.  Read more »

Some animals are more equal than others

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Some caucus members and union delegates may get more than one vote

Tracy Watkins discusses the role of the unions in selecting Labour’s next leader.

[N]ew rules giving Labour’s grassroots a 40 per cent say, and union delegates a 20 per cent say, would not be triggered. But in a move likely to ruffle caucus feathers, Ms Coatsworth appeared to stop any prospect of a deal in its tracks, saying the leadership should be decided under Labour’s new rules – “rather than behind closed doors in the caucus room”.

That puts the leadership in limbo for the next three weeks while up to 50,000 voting papers are sent out and candidates make their pitch at a series of meetings across New Zealand.

The candidates will be expected to abide by a code of conduct – which includes no personal attacks and no big-spending campaigns – before a new leader is announced on September 15.

The new rules were an attempt by the party’s grassroots to rein in caucus after a widening rift over policy and direction. But they could drive an even deeper wedge if the party and caucus back opposing candidates and cancel each other out, because the caucus vote counts for only 40 per cent of the total.

That makes Labour’s union affiliates, whose votes count for 20 per cent, the potential king makers and could deliver the caucus a leader that a majority of MPs don’t support.

What is interesting is it appears that some members could potentially have three votes and others two, while the grassroots members get just one vote.  Read more »