It seems that the mega-union amalgamation of Unite, the National Distribution Union, and the Service and Food Workers Union is now officially scraped. Although this has been the informal word for some time, it's finally news today in the NZ Herald - see NZ mega-union plan scrapped. You can also finally now read online David Fisher's Listener cover story on the State of the unions (but not the background piece on the history of Labour and the unions). In this, Unite leader Matt McCarten states that the mega-union merger broke down over issues of political affiliations: 'According to McCarten, the SFWU “wanted one choice and that was Labour – and that wasn’t going to wash with us”.' Interestingly, in a reply-letter to the Listener, the SFWU's John Ryall disputes this, saying that it 'was caused by other issues' but doesn't refer to these, but instead makes an argument for his union's continued support for Labour.