Last SUP Central Committee meeting before split
Wellington March 1990.
In the mid ’80s, Mike Law was working at Centre for Continuing Education, at the University of Waikato. Shortly after Labour’s 1984 election victory, he was appointed chairman of of a four person Task Force on Trade Union Education. His three colleagues were;
- Jackson Smith; A senior Socialist Unity Party member and Wellington Drivers Union official
- Dick Lowe; A former Labour party executive member and official in the SUP dominated, Labourers Union
- Maryan Street; A PPTA official, Labour party activists, known to be on friendly terms with the SUP. Now a Labour list MP.
This Taskforce led to the establishment of the Trade Union Education Authority. Until it was abolished by the Bolger Government, TUEA served as a taxpayer funded propaganda vehicle for the SUP. Known Party supporters who were paid or subsidised by TUEA include; Graeme Whimp, Hazel Armstrong, Ros Goldsbrough, Brendan Tuohy, Joe Tepania, Gary Reading, Sam Murray and Marilyn Kohlhase.
NZ Trade Union Moments and Memories March 5, 2015 ·
Photo of Northern Distribution Workers Union officials circa mid 1980s.
Back row left: Dale Frew Hamilton, Jack Cunningham Hamilton, Colleen Ryan Gisborne, Mike Jackson Auckland, Lance Wardlaw Hamilton, Rose Sievers-Brietler Rotorua, Owen Harvey Auckland, Neil O'Neill Tauranga, Bob Taylor Gisborne, Matt Wiringi,?? Dick Davis Tauranga, Graeme Whimp Auckland, James Ritchie Hamilton, Alan Ware Hamilton.
Auckland Unemployed Workers Union
In 1974, Joris de Bres was one of a number of essayists who each contributed an essay on unionism under the collective title "An Injury to All".This was reviewed by Russell Johnson in the Trotskyist newspaper Socialist Action. Some of the other contributors to this were:
On the heels of the 'liberation of Albert Park', a large group of people, including Pat Bolster, Alan Robson, Roger Fowler and Graeme Whimp, opened the first Resistance Bookshop on Queen Street, Auckland, in 1969. Auckland Resistance was established independently of the Maoist Auckland PYM, who had their own bookshop. By 1971 three or four dozen people were involved, with seventy associate members.
- [Workers in the Margins: Union Radicals in Post-war New Zealand By Cybèle Locke page 95]