Nurses Union succeed with an interim injunction against Whaleoil Media

Last night, I received the following email

Please see attached for a letter of service; a copy of the order made by His Honour Justice France at the High Court at Wellington today, requiring you to, among other things, remove all references, comments and/or published copies of the preliminary report [ redacted] (“the Report”) from the websites www.whaleoil.co.nz and www.sribd.com, and/or any other website, webpage or publication used, controlled or managed by the Defendants, together with other orders and restrictions; and a copy of the minute of His Honour Justice France dated 10 September 2015.

That’s one sentence, believe it or not.    Read more »

Karl du Fresne on Woodhouse’s stupidity

The health & safety law was pushed through parliament last week in all its glory as we found out worm farming and lavender farming were categorised as high risk.

Karl du Fresne analyses the ineptitude from not only the minister but also the opposition, media and the unions.

You could understand why unions felt betrayed by the government’s back-pedalling, but that was a wild overstatement.

Certainly the bill was weakened, especially when you consider that 97 per cent of workplaces employ fewer than 20 people. But the majority of those workplaces are not high-risk, so the outcry was a bit theatrical. So was the carefully orchestrated presence at Parliament of widows and families bereaved by workplace accidents.

It was only to be expected that the unions would extract maximum leverage from the situation. After all, they don’t get many opportunities these days to put runs on the board. But there were moments when I felt those widows and families were too blatantly being used in pursuit of a political agenda.

As Workplace Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse pointed out, larger workplaces – which, although relatively few in number, employ 75 per cent of the labour force – will still be subject to the requirement to have elected health and safety representatives. And all the other provisions of the legislation will still apply to smaller workplaces, so they’re not “off the hook”, in the minister’s words.

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Is Martyn Martin in the UK?

The unions are trying to jimmy the Labour Party election campaign in the UK and have made a rather ham-fisted attempt at it by more than 40,000 people voting at least twice.

More than 40,000 union activists have had their ballots cancelled in the Labour leadership race after signing up to vote twice – raising fresh fears about the validity of the contest.

Labour said yesterday the number of ‘affiliated members’ entitled to vote in the race to succeed Ed Miliband had been slashed from 190,000 to fewer than 150,000 after audit checks found they already qualified for votes as party members.

The revelations will raise concerns that the unions, led by Unite, have tried to skew the result of the contest in favour of hard-Left candidate Jeremy Corbyn.

Labour last night played down the idea of a deliberate plot, saying that Unite did not have access to party membership lists, and so could not have known which of its activists were already members.

But the issue will add to concerns about the legitimacy of a contest dogged by accusations of infiltration by Tories, Greens and the far-Left.

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The Union’s Governance Rort

The left are always going on about the 1% and the cost of executives and directors.

One would assume that they would be tough on their own executives and directors, not paying them vast amounts of money for governance.

Most Unions hide their governance costs in their accounts but four do not.

Income Governance % of Income spent on Governance
Dairy Workers Union $2,783,802 $138,936 4.99%
EPMU $11,144,321 $45,567 0.41%
NZEI $18,639,229 $959,511 5.15%
TEU $4,511,353 $384,044 8.51%

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Unions with Non-Subscription Income, Ctd

The union movement takes a huge amount of money from non-subscription sources.

Yesterday we looked at the unions that donate to Labour. Today is the turn of the public sector unions.

The public sector unions have over $77m of revenue each year, with $6m coming from non-subscription sources.

Public Sector Union Subscriptions  Non-Sub Income Total Income
Public Sector Association  $20,236,606  $2,243,6470  $22,480,253
New Zealand Educational Institute  $17,541,264  $1,097,965  $18,639,229
Nurses’ Organisation  $16,767,033  $2,016,233  $18,783,266
Tertiary Education Union  $4,391,974  $119,379  $4,511,353
Post Primary Teachers’ Association  $9,371,970  $261,496  $9,633,470
Medical Specialists  $3,085,174  $507,852  $3,593,026
 $71,394,025  $6,246,572  $77,640,597

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How much cash do Unions take each year?

Following on from a series of posts that discovered the union movement has a massive amount of equity, we have taken a look at the amount of money the unions take each year. Remember the six unions that are Labour affiliates have equity of $46,275,893.

Subscriptions  Non Sub Income Total Income
DWU  Dairy Workers Union  $2,637,578  $146,224  $2,783,802
EPMU  Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union  $10,155,961  $988,360  $11,144,321
MUNZ  Maritime Union of New Zealand  $2,180,817  $898,594  $3,079,411
MWU  Meatworkers Union  $2,801,507  $301,359  $3,102,866
RMTU  Rail, Maritime & Transport Union  $1,788,741  $242,018  $2,030,759
SFWU  Service & Food Workers Union  $4,928,506  $1,189,550  $6,118,056
Total     $24,493,110  $3,766,105  $28,259,215

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This is how the Aussies sort out union ratbags

While Ports of Auckland looks to automation to sort out their union troubles, Hutchison in Australia just sends txt messages and emails to tell them to bugger off.

Hutchison Ports Australia, which operates international container terminals at Sydney’s Port Botany and the Port of Brisbane, sacked more than 40 per cent of its waterfront workforce by text and email, prompting furious employees to stage pickets outside the company’s terminals.

The Maritime Union of Australia said the waterfront’s third operator told 97 employees by email at 11.30pm on Thursday that they had been made redundant.

Employees rostered to work on Friday were sent a text telling them they were not required and to check their emails.

“Your position will not be retained,” the emails said. “There are no redeployment opportunities. The intended last day of your employment will be Friday, 14 August 2015. I realise that this is a lot of information to take in. Accordingly you will not be required to attend work effective immediately. We will of course pay you your normal salary to your last date of employment.”

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Cameron makes unions collect their own dues

David Cameron is showing much more courage in dealing with ratbag unions than John Key does.

Up to 3.8 million public sector workers will lose the right to have their trade union subscriptions automatically deducted from their pay cheques after the government announced plans to end the “outdated practice”.

In a move that will be condemned by trade union leaders as another assault on their rights, the government confirmed that the forthcoming trade union bill will force public sector workers to make their own arrangements to pay union subscriptions.

Matt Hancock, the cabinet office minister, heralded the end to “check-off”deductions as a key step in modernising the relationship with trade unions and saving on administrative fees.

But union leaders will say that the change is another example of the government’s hostile approach to their movement after the publication of the trade union bill earlier this month, which included plans to criminalise picketing and to raise the threshold in a strike ballot by requiring that at least 40% of those asked to vote support the strike in key public services.    Read more »

I wonder if the CTU will refund the donations now

The other day we wrote about the CTU using Give A Little to raise funds for their strike action against Talleys and AFFCO.

It seems they were all talk about the strike action, as it has been called off now.

A strike planned by Affco meat processing workers on Monday, and a rally at Parliament on Tuesday, have been called off.

The turnaround came after Meat Workers Union representatives met with Andrew Talley, director of Affco owner Talleys, plus iwi leaders Ken Mair and Tuku Morgan on Saturday.

Affco sites will meet in the coming days to consider developments. No further comment would be made by the union.

Workers at Affco’s eight North Island meat processing plants were to go on strike for two days this week in protest over what the union claims is their “third world conditions”.    Read more »


Cooks and Stewards Union did for me

by George

How do we become the political animals we are?

I would imagine that across the political spectrum there are those of us who are intelligent, inventive, radical and just plain dumb. Do we become so entrenched in our views of the world that nothing will divert our thoughts from the path we choose to travel? It is fascinating that many of us live in the same environment, work in similar occupations, enjoy similar social and sporting occasions and yet are so opposed politically. Why is this? I don’t pretend to have the answer but I believe that one’s life experiences can impact on one’s political outlook.

But even that raises contradictions. Take John Key as an example. Brought up in a state house, by a solo parent (without government financial support), and yet he embraced capitalism which enabled him to become extremely wealthy and eventually become a very popular National Prime Minister. He viewed his upbringing as glass half full. He witnessed sacrifice, extreme toil and commitment from his dedicated mother. This example suggests that hard work, regardless of its social status, will reap its rewards.   Read more »