17 Oct 2010

Ideas for 17 October 2010: Matt McCarten

From Ideas, 11:10 am on 17 October 2010

Matt McCarten is the secretary and founding member of the Unite Union - one of the few unions anywhere in the world to have successfully unionised McDonald's restaurants. A founder of both the New Labour and Alliance parties, Matt McCarten is regularly used as a left wing pundit by the media. After a childhood spent in orphanages Matt McCarten's union activism began at the age of 17 in a spontaneous occupation of a hotel he was working at in Queenstown. Ideas producer Jeremy Rose talks to Matt McCarten about some of the individuals, writers and thinkers who have influenced his own ideas, including: Spartacus, psychoanalyst Victor Frankl, writer and activist Bruce Jesson, and Noam Chomsky. From the Ideas collection: Influential Kiwis talk about their Influences