Nick Smith announced National’s changes to the ACC board this afternoon. As expected they’ve kicked Wayne Butson and Ross Wilson off the board, meaning ACC no longer has any worker representation.
In their place are a mixed bag of company directors and consultants headed by an affiliate member of the Business Roundtable.
This isn’t just some partisan clearing out of Labour-friendly board members. This is about class. National is moving steadily to remove worker voices from public institutions, and it’s replacing them with their chums in the business elite.
There’s only one reason they’d dump the worker reps from ACC, and that’s to fundamentally realign ACC to serve the interests of business rather than workers and, ultimately, to prepare it for privatisation.