The Labour and Green party coffers will receive a $120,000
boost for the election from unions that are also hoping to
mobilise thousands of members to push for a change of
The Service and Food Workers Union (SFWU) yesterday confirmed
donations of $22,000 to the Labour Party and $6000 to the
This followed the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing
Union's $60,000 donation to the Labour Party and $15,000 to
Both unions are affiliated to the Labour Party.
Rail and Maritime Transport Union national president Aubrey
Wilkinson said the union would also donate about $10,000 to
Labour and the Greens, but exact figures were being
He said the union was considering a donation to
Internet-Mana, but "considering Kim Dotcom's on board, I'm
not sure they will be lacking any funds".
Maritime Union national secretary Joe Fleetwood said the
union would probably give $10,000 to Labour, but the figure
would not be confirmed until the end of the week.
SFWU national secretary John Ryall said the union was also
asking members if they wanted to be more active in trying to
change the Government.
He said that might entail mobilising members not only to
vote, but to vote for change.
The Dairy Workers Union has yet to make a decision on
donations. Last election, it gave $27,200 to Labour.
The Meat Workers and Related Trades Union, also an affiliate
of Labour, has yet to confirm donations. Last election, it
gave $18,000 to Labour.
"We support a number of political parties - Labour, Mana, the
Greens," said national secretary Graham Cooke.
"We support any party that supports working people that are
not getting a fair share of the cake." He said the union
could give donations to more than one party.
A spokesman for FIRST union said it would not be making
"But we're telling our members we want a change in
Government, and loosely saying Labour, Greens and Mana are
the ones we would endorse for workers' rights, in general."
The Public Service Association, the country's largest union
with 58,000 members, is non-partisan and does not donate.
However, it is participating in the Council of Trade Unions'
Get Out And Vote campaign.
CTU president Helen Kelly said it did not donate but might
highlight specific policies.
A number of non-affiliated unions, including the NZEI and
PPTA teachers' groups, do not support particular parties or
A PPTA spokeswoman said: "Our members are teachers and they
vote all over the political spectrum."
- By Derek Cheng of the New Zealand Herald