Will David Shearer distance himself from the SFWU?

Fran Mold must be wondering what she did in a previous life to now be Shearer’s Chief of Staff.

Not only did she allow her boss to be photographed with Darien Fenton and some random Green Taliban MP, she obviously wasn’t told that her boss would end up holding a ‘vulnerable workers need protection bucket’.

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Why is this all relevant? Well Labour MPs love the union movement more than they love each other. And the Unions are critical donors to Labour’s re-election efforts. In return they want Labour MPs to do things like criticise the bejesus out of Simon Bridges Employment Relations Amendment Bill.

Yet this week we find out that the SFWU may have been tucking their members for membership fees more than once. SFWU mouthpiece Darien Fenton now having to explain to the cleaners she was going to roll out before the Committee that they could be getting more money if not for the fact their very own union is whoring into their wages to pay for their membership.

Meanwhile back in Shearer’s office, Fran will be trying to work out how to spin this union own-goal, so that her boss doesn’t have to explain whether the union’s donations to Labour actually come from their double, if not triple-dipping into the wages of their lowest paid members.

At a time like this, Simon Bridges needs to HTFU and push through his bill without delay.


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