Andrew Little has formally announced that he is also seeking the Labour Party leadership.
Mr Little confirmed he would stand this morning after signalling he was thinking about it over the weekend.
In a statement he said his background as the head of the EPMU and former Labour Party president showed he had the required skills to drive through change and lift performance.
“There are three immediate issues to deal with: creating greater cohesion across the caucus, rebuilding the relationship between caucus and the Party and, most importantly getting the process under way to listen to the voters who have abandoned us.”
Mr Little’s union background could work in his favour with the affiliated unions getting 20 per cent of the vote.
Nominations for leadership candidates close next Tuesday October 14. Rumours are that a fourth candidate may be throwing his hat into the ring as well.