There are two kind of Unionist. There is Type 1, the hard leftist who sees the union movement only as a means to promote communism/ Marxism and there is the Type 2, who sincerely wants to pursue a partnership with business owners in the hope of coming to an arrangement that will improve his economic position. Part of the problem with unions is that the Type 2 is too frequently duped by the Type 1.
There’s an obvious conflict of interest which is why the type 1 unionist usually holds the upper hand in unions, a position he usually gains through methods such as intimidation in non-secret voting or just plain gangsterism. The Type 1 is happy too to form a partnership with the enterprise destroying Watermelons for their ranks too are full of leftists who seek to bring down the capitalist system.
The combination of Type 1 led unions and Watermelons though is extremely unfortunate for the type 2 unionist, as it destroys prosperity existing and future and thereby lowers his standard of living. In the US, the type 2 unionists are considerably more common than in the UK (for example). That’s why US unions are not so happy to enter into any alliance with Watermelon groups, either in political or government / bureaucratic form. Investor’s Business Daily reports-
Now unions and some of the Democrats they support are demanding the EPA [Environmental Protection Authority] be reined in. As we’ve learned from Wisconsin, hell hath no fury like a union in fear of losing jobs, benefits and, most important, union dues. Recently a coalition of labor groups wrote in a letter to EPA administrator Lisa Jackson that imposing the new EPA regulations would lead to “significant job losses around the country.”
An analysis by the United Mine Workers union said that putting coal mining in the EPA’s cross hairs could put at risk as many as 250,000 jobs in electoral-vote-rich Rust Belt states. The United Steelworkers union wrote in an August letter that “tens of thousands” of jobs at factories whose employees are represented by the union “will be imperiled” by the EPA’s regulatory onslaught.
Democrats — already nervous about 2012, when 23 of their senators are up for re-election — have joined the fray. One of the 23, Missouri’s Claire McCaskill, joined some of her colleagues in a letter to the EPA complaining about an agency proposal to tighten the definition of unhealthy ozone levels.
“The people in my state want clean air and clean water, but farmers and businesses in our state don’t want nonsensical regulations that harm their ability to make a living,” she said in a subsequent interview.
It didn’t help when a report from bank Credit Suisse last September said the EPA’s mercury rule alone could lead to the closure of nearly 18% of the nation’s coal-fired generating capacity. This rule is based in part on claims of linkages between mercury and autism that have been thoroughly debunked.
So right. The Watermelons are frauds and liars seeking political power by means of scare mongering and they do not care how many workers lose their jobs if they can shut down a coal mine somewhere. The blue collar left in NZ needs to reject any liaison with the Watermelon Party. While it might be something the far left Marxists of the union movement and Labour would enjoy, its never going to do the real workers a skerrick of good. They need to agitate for an end to any agreement with the Green Party or they’ll all be on the dole while Metiria Turei and Russel Norman sit in parliament raking in their $200,000 salaries and searching every day for more development projects they can close down.
Working people who support the Green Party are cutting their own throats.