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Education union members rebel

Hon Bill English
National Party Education Spokesman

1 September 2005

Education union members rebel

National Party Education spokesman Bill English says members of the PPTA and NZEI are rebelling against an aggressive anti-National advertising campaign paid for out of their union fees.

“I have been advised that two NZEI branches have refused to make any further donations to the overt political campaign,”says Mr English.

“My office has also fielded a number of complaints about an offensive advertisement run by the PPTA showing a young woman who has been beaten up, allegedly by ‘self interested politicians’ who are ‘putting the boot in’ to NCEA.

“This particular advertisement is just plain offensive.

“Teachers stand to gain over $100 million from National’s tax cut plan, a fact that has led them to think twice about funding Labour Party propaganda.

“They do not like the teacher unions’attempts to deprive them of tax cuts and they know the unions will have little influence with a National Government when they have tried so hard to keep it out of power with offensive and dishonest advertising campaigns.

“I expect more union members will rebel against this kind of bigotry as they realise that it certainly isn’t in their interests,” says Mr English.


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