Freedom of Expression Union welcomes Judith Collins as a member
The Freedom of Expression Union is pleased to welcome on board its newest member, National Party Leader, the Honorable Judith Collins, and believes this is the first time a sitting National Party leader has joined to a registered union.
Free Speech Union spokesperson Dr David Cumin said: “Since our launch a few weeks ago, hundreds of New Zealanders have joined our union to promote free speech. We welcome the Leader of the Opposition, like all members of the House who subscribe to our values.
“As far as we know, this is the first time that an incumbent National Party leader has been a member of a registered trade union. Traditionally, it was the left-wing unions that fought for the idea that employees are not 24/7 servants – that what you do and say in your private life doesn’t matter. for employers. This is the value that we need to restore, and something that we encourage other unions to reaffirm.
“Whether it is ‘values’, excessive ‘codes of conduct’ or ‘health and safety’ excuses, employers cannot force employees to subscribe to political views. That is why we created this union to protect freedom of expression.
“Even for politicians, freedom of expression is threatened. US private companies block what our political parties can say online, MPs still subject to “Waka Jumping laws” – which can see list MPs sacked for not towing the Party line – and in local government Some councils claim that elected officials are only allowed to speak to the media with the permission of council officials.
“It’s time to go back to free speech by default. We cannot have a healthy democracy without people being willing to respectfully disagree and promote tolerance – even accepting the risk of being offended.
“Ms. Colin’s policy does not match that of many members of our union council. But that’s the purpose of free speech, isn’t it?
Politicians of all political stripes are encouraged to defend freedom of expression and join the Union for Freedom of Expression at www.fsu.nz/joindre
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