Helen Kelly’s endorses Cameron Slater’s work for the Unions at the Labour Conference 2012 – by the Owl
Front and centre stage – there she was in full light and radiant smile.
That soon turned to grief as she read stories of young men dying at work from our nation’s poor health and safety culture. A great read and the touchstone of how desperate we are as a nation to reconcile work place safety and building a good business model.
I nodded and agreed as the words flowed off her well written and delivered speech. The Owl has always supported health and safety measures
Then as I was almost crushed at my failure to not speak out more on these issues as a citizen…I was truly inspired…then Helen moved from saving our sons to you guessed it …the Ports.
My eyes lit up only to find that the biggest reason the Ports strike became a national issue was because of none other than CAMERON SLATER.
Helen Kelly credits Cameron Slater for helping the Maritime Union and the Unions in getting the nation to support the Port workers.
I quote direct from her speech:
“The Port’s plans attracted little outrage from the political community outside of Labour and the Greens. Only when it deliberately breached the privacy of some of its workers to blogger Cameron Slater, did any other politician express true outrage. It was ok to dismiss and replace the workforce, but not to breach their privacy. ”
Observation by the Owl
So that meant, National, Act, Mana Party, The Maori Party and NZ First didn’t give a damn. 60% of Politicians were quite happy the way things were going until Cameron Slater put his nose in.
I would have a guess that Greens didn’t give a damn either because their mandate would be to close down wharfs anyway.
However I finally found the road block to the stalled negotiations in her speech on Saturday. She wrote:
“The Port has not moved in the facilitation – I have attended many of them”.
MUNZ went nuts and filed a claim of breach of good faith at POAL about breaching the Facilitators confidentiality agreement and yet NZCTU President who has attended “most” breaches the rules and delivers the details to a national conference.
More major governance issues at the NZCTU and a complete lack of understanding of ‘good faith bargaining” from the gatekeeper.
I would bet a $1.00 she had to sign a confidentiality agreement or at least been party to it.
PS: is there something going on between Cam and Helen????