The Communications Director for the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union (EPMU) gets all defensive about the role the EPMU played in the Pike River mining disaster.
Tom Peters has written several excellent articles on the Pike River mining disaster for the World Socialist Website.
One article in particular provoked a reaction from Neale Jones, the Communications Director for the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union (EPMU).
The article, 'Drilling company admits safety breaches in mine disaster', (August 11) reported the admission of VLI Drilling that it failed to ensure its workers’ safety at the Pike River mine in the period leading up to the first explosion in November 2010.
The article appeared on the website and the Facebook page Investigate Pike River Mine Disaster.
Retorted Jones: 'I have to say, this posting is just complete ignorance typical of the so-called ‘world socialist website’ (sic), which is written by an obscure Marxist group that has an axe to grind against the NZ union movement. The reality is the EPMU is at the forefront of efforts to bring mine safety up to international best practice, including worker-elected check inspectors. This kind of misinformation doesn’t help anyone.'
Jones made no effort to refute the charges of negligence laid at the door of the EPMU. Nor has he had anything to say about the EPMU's compliant relationship with the management of PRC.
Jones was also Communications Director of the EPMU when Andrew Little was National Secretary and is also a member of the Labour Party.
In the past he has been a regular contributor to the Labour-aligned website The Standard, writing under a pseudonym.
You can find him on Twitter here.