What’s the price of union votes?

Patrick Gower calls Andrew Little’s win of Labour’s leadership the great union rip-off.

“It’s a backdoor takeover by the unions. Simply, Andrew Little would not be Labour leader without the unions,” Gower said on Firstline this morning.

“He is the unions’ man; Little is a union man, and the unions have got their man into Labour’s top job.”

Gower says it’s ironic after trying “almost too hard” to give men and women an equal say – the ultimately doomed ‘man ban’ – that a small group of “union blokes” have effectively chosen the party’s new leader.

“Most of those delegates, according to one of the most senior sources in the Labour Party, are men… It’s just six unions out of about 150-odd in New Zealand. Just six of them get to have their say over this, and five of them actually rely on delegates – the union bosses, the union chiefs, the union heavies. They say who they want.” . .

They will also say what they want in return for those votes and it will be some big policy wins.

Unions not only inflicted on Labour a leader not favoured by either MPs or the wider membership and they will be doing their best to inflict union-friendly policy on the rest of us.

3 Responses to What’s the price of union votes?

  1. Gravedodger says:

    What will be the cost is the great concern.

    The totally undemocratic faceless men who perpetrated this grab for power will want to take industrial practice back to the mid 20th century.

  2. pdm says:

    There will not be any cost to NZ along as Labour remain in opposition. The infliction of Union `pay back’ policies in future Labour election manifestos should greatly assist with that.

  3. Marc Williams says:

    He who pays the piper calls the tune – Union funds will have been the major source of their election spending, so why wouldn’t they have the most say in the selection of the Leader? How much money did the rainbow, feminist, effete liberal ivory tower academics, Maori, or beltway factions contribute to the cause? They are all free to part company from the Party and either form their own political group or join up with another Party who they feel will better represent them in the future. Perhaps a resurrection of Mana is the future. Even List members are free to resign, and yet still be on the taxpayers’ tit.

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