Today National will be explaining to the High Court why it wants the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union’s 50,000 members to be denied the chance to campaign for their work rights this election. I’m expecting that they will continue to claim they are only “testing the law” but given the EPMU’s record of showing National up for its attacks on Kiwi workers I doubt many will buy that excuse.
I would imagine that there will be a reserved decision on the case but I suspect that part of National’s plan is to inoculate the union movement’s campaigns by trying to imply they are sockpuppets for Labour.
Interestingly National’s sockpuppets, including the Sensible Sentencing Trust, will be taking their case against the EFA tomorrow. The Trust is not registered as a third party of course so this action is obviously not politically motivated.
I predicted at the start of this year that the right would try to get around the EFA and spend its vast campaign war-chest through a PR campaign of politically motivated legal actions. I guess I was right.
As an aside it should be noted that Bill English is doing the legwork on this. They obviously don’t want “Clean John” getting his brand dirty.