Bill Newson

Are the unions abandoning Cunliffe now?

This was written before today’s presser by Cunliffe. ?I still think it asks important questions, especially as Cunliffe is going to need the unions to succeed in his leadership bid.

It would seem that the unions are a bit squeamish for a donnybrook and are hedging their bets on Cunliffe…except the Meatworkers union who are blaming me and my immense powers for David Cunliffe’s tits-for-hands leadership.

Claire Trevett reports:

Labour’s largest affiliated union has sent a warning to leader David Cunliffe not to assume it will back him again if he forces another leadership runoff following Labour’s disastrous election result.

Most EPMU delegates voted for Mr Cunliffe in last year’s leadership runoff – in which strong support from the party membership and unions carried him over the line. However, the union’s general secretary, Bill Newson, said that did not mean Mr Cunliffe would get that support again.

“I’ve seen comments that the party membership and unions will line up with David Cunliffe. People shouldn’t make assumptions based on what happened last time. Because quite a big thing happened in the meantime and it was called an election.”

He said the union would discuss its stance once the picture was clearer, and it was still possible delegates would support Mr Cunliffe if there was a contest.

It had not made a formal recommendation to its members last time, and only about 35 of its 80 delegates had voted.

Mr Cunliffe is expected to announce his intentions today after a meeting of Labour’s ruling council. He is expected to resign but could delay a decision on whether to challenge for the role again until after a review of the election is finished in December. ?? Read more »

EPMU boss caught telling fibs, he should get his facts straight

EPMU Boss confirms $17M of missing union member?s funds – Observation by the Owl

I have admired Bill Newson from the EPMU?and have given him much credit for revealing all the details of EPMU financial information of which had not previously been disclosed.

However the EPMU Boss caught telling fibs is a very discreet posting on the EPMU?website where he confirms that $17M of union members funds has gone missing.

FACT: On May 13th 2014 this was posted on EMPU website.

John Key?s attack on workers? unions is a desperate ploy to distract attention from serious questions about his own party.

?We?re a democratic organisation representing thousands of hardworking Kiwis, and we have nothing to hide,? says Bill Newson, national secretary of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union.

The Prime Minister made wild accusations about union donations to the Labour Party after his Cabinet ministers were implicated in a cash-for-access scandal.

?Our members expect us to support policies which are good for workers and their families, good for wages, and good for the economy,? says Bill Newson. ?That?s why they continue to support our affiliation to the Labour Party.? Read more »


Memo from Bill, Ctd

The tipline has been humming again…Bill from the EPMU is getting upset at the reaction from the findings of the manufacturing crisis inquiry:

Memo From Bill


A message from Bill, Ctd

Bill is coordinating the campaign well, but is getting testy as key details leak out.

A message from Bill, Ctd

Russel Norman again attacked the government over drilling and mining. Bill from the EPMU is very upset.


A message from Bill, Ctd

Parliament was a lacklustre?affair?today with Russel Norman focussing on stopping drilling. Bill from the EPMU isn’t happy:


A message from Bill, Ctd

Bill still isn’t happy with the performance of their proxy parties in parliament: