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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. [Volume 39, Number 2. 11th March 1976]

Largest Affiliates

Largest Affiliates

Of all the Unions in New Zealand which are affiliated to the Federation of Labour the Engineers Union (approx. 40,000) and the Hotel Workers Union (approx. 30,000) are the largest, and they are also affiliated to the Labour Party.

Therefore we ask (and answer) the following:-
1)If you wanted to cripple both the Industrial and Political Wings of the Labour Movement how would you do it?
..By cutting back the resources of the Unions.
2)And how would you do that?
..By cutting back the number of Fee paying members of Unions.
3)And how would you do that?
..By running a ballot system in a manner which would ensure the result that our Government wanted.

The only conclusion to be taken from this is that the National Party scheme of ballots to decide the issue of compulsory unionism is no high flying sign of democracy and decency at work, but rather a shabby and underhand attempt to severely weaken the strength and financial resources of the Labour Party and the industrial labour movement as a whole.

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