Labour campaign exposed as foreign workers rebel

Matt McCarten’s ‘Campaign for Change’ has been exposed as being far from the non-partisan project he claimed it would be, as Labour try to deal with rebelling foreign student election workers complaining about their housing conditions.

Key points:

  • McCarten’s ‘Campaign for Change’ is a front for the Labour Party, not non-partisan as claimed, and not aimed at “full political participation” in election.
  • Foreign students have been brought to New Zealand to work for Labour.
  • The students would not have been paid at all for their work.
  • The students have rebelled against cramped and poor living conditions.
  • They are being used in political deceit.

Last week I posted  McCarten’s ‘new’ project

1 million people did not vote in the last election. 250,000 people who were required to register did not. These numbers represent a crisis of democracy. This group overwhelmingly consisted of young people, workers in low paid occupations…

“The Campaign for Change will channel the energy and passion of New Zealander’s who want to see a change of Government this election.” says Director Matt McCarten.

This non-partisan campaign is being created in order to get people engaged and involved. The disconnect between a million citizens and political participation is a threat to our democracy.

The disconnect between what Labour are doing here and what they are campaigning against is a threat to their campaign.

The Campaign for Change is directed by the goal of full political participation.

It’s obviously not. It is using poorly housed foreign slave labour targeting votes for Labour.

Richard Harman at Politik posted Labour Party volunteer workers rebel over living conditions.

A Labour Party scheme to recruit  85 overseas students to campaign for the party during this year’s election has hit trouble.

The students rebelled over their accommodation and their disappointment with what was supposed to be a high powered learning programme but which appears to be not much more than political campaign drudge work.

Now party heavyweights have had to step in to rescue the programme and deal with the complaints from the students.

POLITIK has seen emails which show that the students have now held two meetings with party officials to complain about their accommodation on an Auckland marae and the work they were being asked to do.

Last night Labour’s General Secretary Andrew Kirton confirmed that there had been issues with the scheme which had arisen over the past week.

He said the scheme had been originated by Andrew Little’s former Chief of Staff, Matt McCarten, who now runs Labour’s campaign office in Auckland.

Not quite. Last week McCarten said he was leaving Labour to run a non-partisan ‘Campaign for Change’. Is he still based in Labour’s campaign office?

The heart of the row appears to be the living conditions under which the interns have been accommodated at Awataha Marae in Northcote.

The students met Labour party officials on Saturday to protest about their accommodation and were asked to sign non-disclosure agreements.

The interns were invited by Labour to help with its campaign.

Kirton says that Labour’s head office had been notified of these problems and had now stepped in.

The interns would leave Auckland and be distributed across the country. They would be billeted with Labour supporters.

Short lectures are promised from some top Labour Party names:

  • Andrew Little
  • Jacinda Ardern
  • Helen Clark
  • “Current ambassadors to NZ.”
  • “Senior party stakeholders and staff, including the President and Chief of Staff “
  • Teleconferences with senior staff from US Democratic Party and UK Labour Party

However, Kirton said there were now problems organising these talks because the volunteers were no longer in one place.

This looks more like a farce than anything, but questions of consistency arise – Labour are campaigning against foreign workers, low wages and housing problems.

And it also raises questions about McCarten’s and Labour’s honesty in the campaign.

In Parliament yesterday Andrew Little questioned Bill English on “an acceptable moral standard” and “a cover-up” and “a public figure is lying”.

This isn’t as shoddy as the Barclay debacle, but when asking “Why should New Zealanders place any trust in him as Prime Minister” when McCarten, and Labour and Little by association, have been dishonest about the nature of the Labour campaign to get out votes.

Little said the Prime Minister “told media things that are untrue about his knowledge of Todd Barclay’s actions, and consistently failed the moral standards that New Zealanders expect of their elected leaders”.

Ill-considered deceits like Labour’s ‘Campaign for Change in which foreign student workers are being exploited.

Why should New Zealanders place any trust in Little as leader of Labour?

Is it any wonder many people don’t trust any politicians and can’t be bothered voting?

41 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  June 22, 2017

    This isn’t as shoddy as the Barclay debacle, but when asking “Why should New Zealanders place any trust in him as Prime Minister” when McCarten, and Labour and Little by association, have been dishonest about the nature of the Labour campaign to get out votes.

    Hahahahahaha ! 😂
    🙄 FMD !

    • Gezza

       /  June 22, 2017

      Andrew Little’s double-barrelled shotgun must have one barrel @ a 90 degree angle pointing straight down & he never seems to notice.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  June 22, 2017

        Unbelievably self-destructive. If National can’t destroy them over this they don’t deserve to win.

  2. artcroft

     /  June 22, 2017

    I never understood why they tried to push the “non-partisan” line. No one was ever going to believe it. Also kind of rich to bring in foreign students to campaign against bringing in foreign students.

  3. artcroft

     /  June 22, 2017

    Ugh! Just answered my non-partisan question really, didn’t I.

  4. Missy

     /  June 22, 2017

    Wait, Labour employing foreign slave labour? really?

    Oh dear, this is not a good look.

    What is wrong with NZ students? Or unemployed?

    Or have Labour finally find out what some employers have been saying for years, many are either on their high horse and think themselves too good for menial labour, or are too lazy to work for pittance.

  5. Missy

     /  June 22, 2017

    It will be interesting to see if The Standard have any moral integrity and address this (my money is on no), or if they will do what they did over the shooting of the US Congressman and ignore it completely because it is unpalatable to their idea that the left are virtuous and morally superior.

  6. Ray

     /  June 22, 2017

    It will be just as interesting to see if the ever “virtuous” media run with this.

  7. Grant Robertson in Parliament yesterday:
    “At this election it will be about a contest between a leader in Andrew Little who is straight-up and tells New Zealanders how it is, and Bill English, who has lied on behalf of his MP.”

    https://yournz.org/2017/06/22/robertson-versus-english/

    • John Schmidt

       /  June 22, 2017

      Clearly have forgotten the golden rule that its OK if Labour do it.

  8. John Schmidt

     /  June 22, 2017

    Come on Blazer you have had a few hours to figure out a justification for this, please give your view as many of is need a good laugh.

    • Blazer

       /  June 22, 2017

      well John,as I don’t have all the detail,the best I can say at this point in time is,that no one should be forced to do a job with conditions that they do not find appealing.If Labour are forcing employment on people with conditions that are not in accordance with NZ law,I expect them to be held ..to account.Btw…congrats on making …2..posts.

    • Blazer

       /  June 22, 2017

      ‘has anyone here…seen my..old friend..John…can you tell me..where..he’s..gone’?

  9. PDB

     /  June 22, 2017

    You can always count on Labour shooting themselves in the foot – I can see Little’s/McCarten’s thinking behind this one;

    “Lets go into the election with polices to reduce the amount of foreign students in the country, increase wages for the lowest paid, and improve housing as these things are important to us – in the meantime can you bring in some unpaid overseas students under false pretenses to do our donkey work, and by the way lets house them in overcrowded and poor conditions – cheers!” *sound of chardonnay glasses clinking*

  10. sorethumb

     /  June 22, 2017

    85 Foreign students have been brought to New Zealand to work for Labour.
    ……….
    Does this mean Labour is walking a line between globalism and nationalism?

    • Gezza

       /  June 22, 2017

      I rather think they are more sort of stumbling about on, & off both sides of, the line, in the dark.

  11. lurcher1948

     /  June 22, 2017

    Sounds like a load of horse manure to me…something made up on WO

  12. PDB

     /  June 22, 2017

    Hits stuff………..http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/93955534/labour-party-brings-in-unpaid-overseas-students

    “Andrew Little told NZME it was “embarrassing”.

    “The party became aware earlier this week of just how things were, and they have stepped in to take over…to basically clean it all up.

    “I can’t deny it – it is embarrassing, it is the wrong thing to do. I have said to the party the only thing that matters is the welfare of those people. So we sort that out and we look after people, and that is what the party is in the process of doing.”
    Matt McCarten put out a statement admitting the programme was “oversubscribed”.

    “The National Party put out a press release saying Labour has “explaining to do”.
    “This is truly appalling behaviour both for its lack of human decency and industrial strength hypocrisy,” campaign chair Steven Joyce said.

    “If the allegations are correct, Labour has brought international students to New Zealand on false pretences, failed to look after them, and failed to meet their obligations to the students in the most basic way, while at the same time campaigning against exploitation of migrants.

    The Labour Party announced a policy aimed at cutting down on international student visas a few weeks ago, saying cowboy operators were bringing students in and providing substandard educational opportunities.”

  13. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 22, 2017

    McCarten is surely a fool’s fool. If this is not the end of his involvement in politics it should be.

    • PDB

       /  June 22, 2017

      “The scheme was run by former Labour Auckland head Matt McCarten, who left his job a fortnight ago. He took the scheme with him, renaming it “Campaign for Change”. While not run out of the Labour Party Auckland office, it was still supported by them.”

      I don’t think it coincidental that Labour tried to distance themselves from the scheme two weeks back (when it obviously was getting out of hand) by getting McCarten to leave his job and take the scheme with him and pretend it was now politically independent by renaming it………..’dirty politics’ on the left, but they have been caught out when they couldn’t cover it up.

      I also wonder if this was part of the reason Labour seemed so poor in taking advantage of the Southland saga, knowing this was not a good look in the honesty stakes on their part.

  14. PDB

     /  June 22, 2017

    Herald: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11880525

    Headline – “McCarten hands over control of ‘sweat shop’ programme to Labour Party”

    This makes it sound like the Labour party didn’t start the programme in the first instance.

    So to recap the labour party runs a dodgy scheme pitched at foreign students;

    Then when the students start complaining about the work & living conditions, false promises etc the Labour party try to disassociate themselves from the disaster by getting McCarten to leave the party and take the scheme with him. So far so good……..

    Two weeks later the cat gets let out of the bag and now the Labour party is saying they are doing everybody a favour by taking control of McCarten’s scheme in order to fix it – the very same scheme they set up in the first instance, whose problems they attempted to cover up when it all turned to custard?

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  June 22, 2017

      Herald journalists are a bunch of Lefty sleazebags guaranteed to run interference for Labour.

      • Gezza

         /  June 22, 2017

        Rubbish. Details later.

        • Gezza

           /  June 22, 2017

          Details : Labour doesn’t need anyone to run interference for them. They do the job themselves.

          • Gezza

             /  June 22, 2017

            Clarification: Unforunately, they interfere with their own chances of success. Constantly.

            • PDB

               /  June 22, 2017

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  June 22, 2017

              Was that G, PDB?

            • PDB

               /  June 22, 2017

              Could apply to G and the Labour party equally……..

            • Gezza

               /  June 22, 2017

              Sir Alan
              Bastard, Sir
              As always
              Sir Gerald

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  June 22, 2017

              Thought so. Recognised the footwork, PDB.

            • Gezza

               /  June 22, 2017

              @ PG, Sir Alan
              Au Contraire – that’s me, on the right.

              Never lost the skill
              Winningly yours
              Sir Gerald

            • Gezza

               /  June 22, 2017

              Whoops – @ PDB, should’ve said.
              G&T’s
              Two over the limit as it’s turned Southerly here.
              Sir Gerald.

  15. lurcher1948

     /  June 22, 2017

    PG i went to the Politik blog which is a RIGHT WING blog, david farrar (again)KIWIBLOG as a supporter, check it out ,a picture of a broken bench a foreign flag AND STUFF ALL PG, no names stuff all and its Andrews fault, PG check the blog fully ie are there names places sex ie F&M country political affiliations BEFORE YOU BLOW THE DOG WHISTLE, as i said its a false flag to divert attention from LYING FORGETFUL BILL ENGISH…just saying

    • PDB

       /  June 22, 2017

      Better put your hard hat on Lurch………

      https://www.tilburguniversity.edu/students/news/show/news-labour-campaign-fellowship/#

      “2017 Labour Campaign Fellowship in New Zealand available for students

      The New Zealand Labour Party has recently launched a fellowship program for international students. The election is on September 23rd this year. Fellows will not be compensated financially, but it should prove an interesting experience and good for your CV. Fellows will be expected to stay for a minimum of six weeks, any time between mid-May and election day itself. Fellows may stay for longer should they wish. Housing free-of-charge will be provided for fellows, in addition to basic groceries. Also fellowship-related travel will be provided once the fellow is in New Zealand.

      Fellows will be also be participating in a field experiment conducted by a well-known Stanford professor.

      Additionally, fellows will receive lectures from NZLP Leader and Deputy Leader, Former NZ Prime Minister Helen Clark, Current ambassadors to New Zealand and Senior NZLP stakeholders and party staff, including the President and the Chief of Staff.
      Fellows are asked to commit to at least six weeks, any time between June and election day. ”

      *Labour leader, Jacinda, Labour president, Chief of staff and Aunty Helen on board? – yep
      *Not Labour run but independent? – nup.
      *Mr McCarten lied about the project by saying it was independent? – yep
      *Offers of free housing and basic groceries? – yep
      *Could there be some issues with that in terms of employment law? – yep
      *No pay? – yep
      *Did Labour party officials try to make the students sign non-disclosure statements in order to stop the story getting out? – yep
      *Are Labour hypocritical considering their anti-foreign student, anti-bad boarding housing, anti-low (or in this case ‘no’) pay – yep

  16. PDB

     /  June 22, 2017

    Lots of spinning by labour here…..(starts at 7.10)

    [audio src="http://120.138.20.16/WeekOnDemand/ZB/auckland/2017.06.22-17.00.00-S.mp3" /]

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