UNITE union organiser convicted of selling P

3 News reports:

A prominent South Island union organiser has been sentenced to community detention for trying to sell methamphetamine.

, 36, was sentenced on a charge of conspiring to sell a Class A drug in the Christchurch District Court this afternoon.

The Union South Island organiser requested name suppression, arguing the publication of her name would affect her employment, however the plea was ignored by Judge Paul Kellar.


Ms Butcher is well-known around the South Island, having both organised and attended several protests across this year. She attracted media attention in May after blocking the drive through to a McDonald’s restaurant in Dunedin while lobbying for better pay rates and guaranteed hours for workers.

She will not be able to leave her home between 7pm on Fridays and 7am on Mondays for the next four months.

Does being a convicted Class a drug dealer mean she won’t keep her job with UNITE, or do they not have a problem with that?

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