Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Taxpayer Funded Union Slush Fund Criticised

National MP Murray McCully has criticised over $770,000 in taxpayer funded grants to trade unions, describing it as "a taxpayer funded trade union slush-fund".

Releasing an answer to a Parliamentary question to the Minister of Labour, Mr McCully said $1,048,766 in grants had been awarded in the past few months from the Employment Relations Education Contestable Fund. The largest grant is $358,000 to the CTU with other major grants to key Labour Party affiliate the Engineers Union ($123,000), the PSA ($99,000), Finsec ($60,000) and the Dairy Workers Union ($45,000).

"The Government has cunningly covered its back by making a $250,000 grant to the Employers Federation. But this will do little to obscure the huge generosity which is being shown to its political allies in the trade unions.

"Bearing in mind that these grants relate only to this year, clearly we will see the thick end of a million dollars each year being channeled to union organisations courtesy of the nations taxpayers.

"This is not an entirely unprecedented arrangement. The last Labour Government, through both the Trade Union Incentives Trust and the Trade Union Education Authority funneled millions of dollars of public money into trade union hands to purchase computer equipment which underpinned Labour Party campaign organisations in marginal seats.

"The terms of the grants are so loose as to leave little requirement for accountability. For example, the $358,000 grant to the CTU "to enhance the CTU's ability to provide relevant education and training to youth, built around the new employment legislation and the role of unions in society by employing a staff member to develop curriculum and resources and deliver training to union speakers, young union members and delegates and union organisers working with young people", looks very much like a blank cheque to me," Mr McCully said.

"Clearly this is payback time for the Government's union mates", he said.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Earthquake Cluster: Tsunami Threat To Land & Marine Areas

This is a Tsunami Warning for New Zealand coastal areas following the magnitude 8.1 earthquake near KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION.
There is a LAND and MARINE TSUNAMI THREAT. An Emergency Mobile Alert will be issued to the areas under land and marine tsunami threat. Listen to local civil defence authorities and follow any instructions regarding evacuation of your area... More>>


 

Joint Press Release: Dirty PR Exposed In Whale Oil Defamation Trial

Three public health advocates are relieved that their long-standing Whale Oil defamation trial against Cameron Slater, Carrick Graham, Katherine Rich and the Food and Grocery Council has finally concluded and they are pleased that the truth has come out... More>>

ALSO:


Government: Next Stage Of COVID-19 Support For Business And Workers

The Government has confirmed details of COVID-19 support for business and workers following the increased alert levels due to a resurgence of the virus over the weekend... More>>

ALSO:




Government: PHARMAC Review Announced

The Government is following through on an election promise to conduct an independent review into PHARMAC, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Andrew Little announced today... More>>

ALSO:



Government: Balanced Economic Approach Reflected In Crown Accounts

New Zealand’s economic recovery has again been reflected in the Government’s books, which are in better shape than expected.
The Crown accounts for the seven months to the end of January 2021 were better than forecast in the Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU)... More>>


Covid-19: Auckland Back To Alert Level Three After One New Community Case Revealed

Auckland will move to alert level three for a week at 6am tomorrow morning after two new Covid-19 community cases announced this evening could not be directly linked to earlier cases, the Prime Minister has confirmed.
The rest of the country will move to level two.... More>>

NZ Initiative: New Report Highlights How Our Housing Crisis Could Worsen If We Don’t Act Now

If New Zealand politicians thought the housing crisis in 2020 was bad, the worst is yet to come, warns a new report by The New Zealand Initiative. In The Need to Build: The demographic drivers of housing demand , Research Assistant Leonard Hong ... More>>

Parliament: Kiwi MPs Among The “Most Educated In The World”

New analysis of MP qualifications reveals New Zealand’s Parliament is one of the most educated and highest qualified in the world, and significantly more educated than Australia’s. The research, by Mark Blackham of BlacklandPR and Geoffrey Miller ... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels