Where is all the Meatworkers Money Going?

The Meatworkers Union are in a dispute with AFFCO. They have rolled in Simon Oosterman to manage their campaign, they have copied the form and style of the Auckland Wharfies in their protest materials and yesterday rolled out the poorly researched Simon Collins to run the same old tired union lines about the impoverished families.

They are making all sorts of claims so I have been looking into their background. They are a very secretive organisation, so it is hard to find out what they are doing. They don’t even disclose their union fees on their web site.

The Meatworkers Union claims to have over 23,000 members. What I am picking up from various sources is they have membership dues of between $5-6 per week for a 40 week season, and conservatively collect about $5m per year from workers.

Yet the public union accounts declare on $$712,370. So where is the other $4 million plus money going?

I have many more questions about their dodgy finances too…more on that later.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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