The EPMU's  Neale Jones throws mud in the direction of this blog.

Neale Jones, the Communications Director at the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union  (EPMU) is proving to be a man who wants  to shoot the messenger  when he doesn't like the message.

Jones didn't like what Tom Peters of the World Socialist Web Site was writing about the  EPMU's role in the Pike River disaster and accused him of supplying 'misinformation'. There was no attempt to address the substantive issues raised by Peters.

Peters responded to Jones here. He commented that Jones was simply making  'a crude attempt to divert attention from the role of his union.'

And now Jones has tweeted that my article isn't journalism.

Tweets Jones: 'Even the quotes in this piece appear to be dodgy. No links, no context & one doesn't even seem to exist.'

Really? He hasn't provided any details to back his claims  but Jones, true to form, is simply trying to smear myself and the article. What an odious  little man. He provides more evidence that rank and file members  need to regain control  over their unions.

Jones was referred to the article by John Drinnan (@Zagzigger) the NZ Herald's  media commentator.

Incidentally, this article is the hot favourite to be the most viewed post on this blog this year.

The International Socialist Organisation has an interesting article on the Pike River disaster here,

Also, you can also check out this article on the Pike River disaster on the Redline blog.


  1. And now Jones has tweeted that my article isn't journalism . . . Jones was referred to the article by John Drinnan (@Zagzigger) the NZ Herald's media commentator.

    Presumably the same John Drinnan who condescendingly told blogger Keith Ng that "you might be getting a bit carried away with yourself", after Ng had broken probably the biggest local story yet uncovered by a non-MSM journalist.

  2. You can listen to Andrew Little talking here, on November 22, 2010:'-union-demands-answers

    He says: "Every mine on the West Coast takes great care when it goes into production and I don't think Pike River is any different to that. They've had a good health and safety committee that's been very active. So, there's been nothing before now that's alerted us to any greater risk of this sort of incident happening than at any other time."

    This might as well be the company chairman talking. No mention of the miners' walk-out, or any other warnings about unsafe conditions in the mine.


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