Here come the big unions and their big money

The unions are starting to pour their cash into the election.

Not only are they funding Matt McCarten’s bullshit non-partisan “Campaign for Change” lobby group, they are also pouring hundreds of thousands into Labour and the Greens.

The Herald reports:

Labour and the Green Party will get a boost to their respective election campaign war chests from a major union.

E Tu (previously the EPMU and the Service and Food Workers unions) has announced it will donate $120,000 to Labour and $30,000 to the Greens, roughly the same amounts given ahead of the 2014 election.

Party fundraising efforts are intensifying ahead of the September 23 election.

Bill Newson, E Tu national secretary, said nine years of National in power had hurt respect and fair recognition for working New Zealanders.

“But not beyond repair. As the largest private sector union in New Zealand with over 54,000 members, we have a great opportunity to be the voice of our members in the workplace and the wider political environment.

“We’re looking forward to campaigning for a new Government.”

Oh look, same strap lines as McCarten.

David Farrar points out what their money buys:

The E Tu union is very powerful within Labour. It now represents over half the affiliate vote and has a decisive say on issues such as the leadership.

If the unions did not get a vote in the last leadership election, Grant Robertson would have beaten Andrew Little by 56% to 44%.

A vote for Labour or the Greens is a vote for a return to union dominance.


-NZ Herald, Kiwiblog

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