Who is Andrew Little? – The EPMU Years

Andrew Little’s claim that he is a leader is based around his years at the EPMU. He spent 19 years in the union movement, and is very proud of his achievements at the EPMU.

Our pinko mate Farrar knows union history backwards and wrote the following in 2009:

Andrew became the union’s general counsel in 1997, then the assistant national secretary and next year will celebrate ten years as national secretary of the EPMU.

For many years Andrew has also been on the National Council of the Labour Party, representing the union affiliates who provide much of the money and manpower to Labour in exchange for bulk voting rights at conferences.

In his Palmerston North campaign speech he made the following claim.

I am standing for the Labour Party Leadership for two principal reasons. Firstly I have led significant change in a large organisation. When I took over at the EPMU, our largest private sector union, we were an organisation in three parts.   

Some people were not talking to each other. The organisation was not coordinated. People just went off and did what they liked.

I made the organisation one organisation. I gave it a single purpose that it organised to and worked under. And I turned it into a high impact organisation.

I nurtured the talent that we had and I brought in new talent. And I made it an organisation that was the envy of the Labour Movement and indeed of many others.

Note the use of “I”.

He claims all the credit for the success of the EPMU, and does not share it with the rest of the staff at the EPMU.

It would have been far easier for him to talk about the team he bought together to rebuild the EPMU and make it the largest private sector union in the country.

So he was the boss, the swinging dick, the bloke who the buck stopped with.


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