The links between the Labour Party and the trade union movement are well chronicled. The party's predecessor, the United Labour Party was formed after the Waihi miners' strike in the early 20th century.
So we can't help but wonder why Phil Goff is trying to downplay the link. In an interview with the Herald, and in response to a question about the relationship between Labour and the unions, Goff has said "I'm not being directed by any bloody union - a teachers' union or any other.".
Oh really? Cameron Slater suggests otherwise.