In the interests of providing a complete picture of Andrew Little we are including the long form profiles and interviews with him after he became leader.
Stuff’s Andrea Vance tries to position him as ‘A Reasonable Man’. She even manages to trundle out a tame employer who doesn’t dislike Little for all the dodgy stuff the EMPU have done in the past.
A former airline executive – on the other side of the negotiating table – was impressed.
“There is a really interesting blend of practical compassion within Andrew. That pragmatism realises the commercial realities of a business … It was a very tense and adversarial approach taken by both parties but there was a degree of calmness about him, borne out of recognising as a leader that he has got to let the situation unfold a little bit.
“He says Little “opened his eyes”.
“We understood [then] the impact of the decision that we would have been taking. He was a measured, reasonable voice as opposed to antagonistic. He played a very good, diffusing role.”
Little is “well regarded” by many in the business world, the former airline executive says.