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’.



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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  • LionKing

    After the shelacking that Shearer is getting in the House at the moment he may need as many “friends” as possible!

  • Hillary Green

    I quite like David Shearer, but to be linked to a donor that is double or triple dipping by way of member fees is deeply concerning to me.

  • DLM

    LOL – David Shearer is certainly a vulnerable worker who certainly needs protection!

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Nothing matters any more mate, nothing matters. Kiwis have united behind Sheep-Hippie-Poo-Horny-FatCon movement. Check the crowd at Auckland Townhall and the Roy Morgan poll…

    • In Vino Veritas

      Yup SCS, that Labour party meeting had all their voters in one room. Amazing really.

    • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

      Talk about getting the government you deserve. No wonder the left are so scared of charter schools!

    • dianne65

      All Labour Party supporters, one look at them is enough, to put you off your dinner. YUK, God help NZ if this lot of no hopers get into power.

  • Naylor

    Who is the Green Taliban MP? Is it the one in the background on the right?

  • Shoreboy57

    Has Darien Fenton every done a day’s real work?

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      When she becomes a minister in 2014, she will do the work

      • andrew carrot

        Minister of……….what?

        • wiltinpenis


          • longjohn

            Minister of cunning stunts!

    • dianne65

      Probably on Karangahape road.

  • Muffin

    I laughed at the vulnerable workers bucket comment Cam made in the first paragraph. Because shearer really is a vulnerable worker, do we still have the countdown thing going?

  • cows4me

    You have to love these socialist pricks, champions of the working man. The working man would be well advised to stay as far as possible away from these fork tongue snakes.

    • steve and monique

      Service workers union is a joke. Workers need to bank their weekly union fees,and get rid of these tossers.

  • blokeintakapuna

    Which authority or authorities would actually be charged with looking into the union and Labour Party finances if blatant corruption was discovered?
    Would it be the Auditor General? The SFO? The ERA? Parliamentary Select Committee? Or a combination of all of the above?
    With the Meat Worker union “suddenly discovering” many millions of assets and cash that appears and then disappears from their financials they’ve posted – who investigates that? Or who is SUPPOSED to investigate that?
    Now, coupled with Shearer “suddenly discovering” a previously secret off shore US bank account… and now the SFWU potentially illegally taking monies in an unauthorised manner – from vulnerable workers no less – who investigates to see if there might be a fire with all this smoke?

    • FredFrog

      Look, it’s obvious from all of this that the unions are not deliberately trying on any financial shenanigans – it’s just that they lack any financial nous whatsoever.

      All the more reason to never let their political party lapdogs near the country’s financial reins ever again.

  • Lion_ess

    In what photo does Shearer ever look at ease, or natural. Doesn’t matter whether he’s singing, surfing, playing bummsies with Wussell or carrying begging-buckets – he always looks like a dick.

  • Judging by today’s performance, holding a vulnerable worker bucket appears to have been a prophetic move by Shearer.