Unions plan 'major campaign' to support Labour party

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 Trade unions are going to back Labour to the hilt in this year's election.

Council of Trade Unions (CTU) president Helen Kelly told the party's congress today it would run a major campaign, with its affiliate unions, to help the Government win a fourth term.

"Some people have talked about time for a change -- this Government has brought about a sea change for working people," Ms Kelly said.

"We have developed strategies and structures to make sure our key messages get out and workers and delegates know what is at stake."

Ms Kelly listed 24 changes she said the Government had introduced which were good for workers -- and said it was "just a short list".

Then she used slides to show similarities between a speech about labour relations made in 1990s by former National minister Bill Birch and a recent one by its current spokeswoman, Kate Wilkinson.

Ms Kelly had found almost identical passages about the way union bargaining powers hindered economic progress.

She said if National won the election it would cut statutory holiday pay, privatise ACC, repeal flexible working hours legislation and bring in 90 days of "no rights" when people started a new job.


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