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EPMU national conference endorses political donations

EPMU national conference endorses political donations for 2014 election campaign

The EPMU national conference has endorsed donations to the Labour Party and Green Party for their election campaigns.

“Our elected conference delegates feel very strongly that a Labour-Green coalition government is the best hope for restoring workers’ rights, rebuilding our manufacturing sector with a sustainable strategy for jobs, and ensuring that all Kiwis get a fair share of the growing economy,” says Bill Newson, national secretary of the EPMU.

Labour leader David Cunliffe and Green co-leader Russel Norman both spoke at the conference, explaining the policies their respective parties will take into government following the 2014 election.

“Despite what the Prime Minister has claimed, unions don’t have millions of dollars to give to political parties,” says Bill Newson. “But this year we have a critical opportunity to make things better for New Zealand workers and their families and making donations to Labour and the Greens is one way we can make that happen.”

The donations total:

· $60,000 to the Labour Party

· $15,000 to the Green Party

“In addition the EPMU will be campaigning hard to get voters enrolled and turned out to vote in the election period,” says Bill Newson. “All voters deserve to have a say in who forms the next government.”

The EPMU national conference consists of EPMU members elected by their co-workers to represent the different industries and regions covered by the EPMU.

The EPMU represents 35,000 workers across New Zealand and is an affiliate of the Labour Party.


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