Is there a crisis at the Nurses union?

There certainly could be a crisis at the Nurses Union. A constitutional crisis.

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation constitution reads:

“6.1.10 Affiliate with other organisations in the attainment of these objectives except that NZNO shall not affiliate to any political party; and”

Owl’s Logic Steps.

  1. Labour Leader is selected via their 20% block vote of Unions
  2. NZCTU is part of the process of selection for the Labour Leader
  3. Nurses Union by way of affiliation are part of the NZCTU
  4. Members who join the Nurses Union are therefore part of the NZCTU.

Owls Observation:

How can you justify rule 6.1.10 and yet be able to vote for the next Labour Leader?

Can the NZCTU receive affiliation fees from the Nurses Union? (Based on the above logic steps and the ruling 6.1.10 of the NZNO constitution you could easily argue No.)

The Nurses who complained to Family First are right and should be applauded. I hope the executive takes their complaint seriously.


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