Unions oppose Talley’s move to protect workers

Fishing is one of the most dangerous occupations in New Zealand yet shockingly some unions oppose drug testing in this and other dangerous industries. Would you want to work with someone who uses P? Addicts of Methamphetamine are dangerous individuals who can become unpredictable, extremely violent and manic. Imagine having someone like that on board a fishing boat at sea. You would think that workers would support their company taking precautions to protect them from co-workers on P. After all, they would be the first to complain that their employer had not ensured the safety of their workers if there was a P related accident onboard.

Testing of employees for drugs or alcohol is becoming increasingly common in New Zealand workplaces.

The main reason employers decide to test is that, depending on the type of work being performed, impairment by alcohol or drugs gives rise to a very real health and safety hazard.
Employers are required by law to take reasonable steps to protect employees and others from hazards at work – drug or alcohol testing is a reasonable step that can be taken, especially now that testing services are readily available in New Zealand.


Unfortunately, New Zealand company Talley’s do not have workers as concerned about safety as they are. At least not onboard their Nelson based ship.

Crew members from a Nelson-based Talley’s ship say they feel violated after their hair was shaved to comply with company drug-testing.

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Why taking the middle ground isn’t always the best choice

It is difficult being an online business these days. Thanks to social media you are an easy target for social justice bullies and politically motivated groups like unions. Few online businesses have the stones to stand up to these kinds of attacks and most totally capitulate, despite the fact that the attackers are not even customers in many cases. Cameron has always given the advice that when you are attacked you should never apologise and in fact, you should ” double down ” on whatever it was that you were attacked for. To apologise and to capitulate shows weakness and makes you an even bigger target.

My Food Bag is a New Zealand company known for the freshness of their products. One of the many products that they include in their food bags is Talley’s peas. It is not surprising that they use Talley’s as they are the only frozen food company in New Zealand to use exclusively New Zealand vegetables. In other words, a New Zealand company supporting another New Zealand company, supporting New Zealand farmers.

When My Food Bag were first attacked they did not capitulate. Instead, they attempted to find the middle ground. They handled the initial online attack by acknowledging the concerns of the attackers. They said they would look into it and they did. After completing an audit they explained that they had found that the concerns of the attackers were not backed up by facts and stated that they would continue to use Talley’s peas. They then did what I consider to be a master stroke of diplomacy. They chose to pour oil on troubled waters by giving the attackers what they wanted without actually giving into their demands.

All of a sudden I saw happy tweets from the attackers declaring victory. Apparently, that week in their food bag they had received McCain peas. All in all, it was an excellent result but then…

McCain Foods South Canterbury workers who have travelled to Australia to fill in for striking workers from the company’s Ballarat factory have been condemned by the E tū union.

…”We are both horrified and disgusted in the action of those workers to travel that distance to be there and undermine the rights and terms and conditions of other workers,” Donaldson said.

“It is about as low as you can go.”

…”McCain has been conducting good faith bargaining negotiations with the union here in Ballarat for six months, however, the union has now instigated protected action, which limits our ability to meet our customers’ needs,” the statement said.

“We’re disappointed it’s come to this, but we believe it is important we give all our employees the right to vote on our offer to them, because it is our employees and their families who are losing money while this action continues.

“We’re confident our employees will vote for our offer, which includes a significant wage increase that is above the rate of inflation…

– Stuff

Oh dear, if you are not allowed to buy things from a company that is in dispute with its union members where will it end?

Where is Jessica Williams going to get her peas from now?


Jessica Williams has just run into a massive problem. Fresh from her campaign to bully My Food Bag into ditching Talleys peas from My Food Bag she now has an ethical dilemma to deal with.

It seems McCains is now also persona non grata with union ratbags.

Their crime?

Using “scab labour”.

McCain Foods South Canterbury workers who have travelled to Australia to fill in for striking workers from the company’s Ballarat factory have been condemned by the E tū union.

E tu national industry strategy director Neville Donaldson, whose role focuses on the food industry, has confirmed three workers from South Canterbury travelled to Ballarat last week and a further seven are expected to go this week.

It is believed they were shuffled through the Ballarat factory’s back doors to avoid picketing staff.

One of the workers, a Timaru man, was a union member who resigned his membership as soon as the union expressed concerns to him about his decision to travel to Australia.  Read more »


“GDP up” just the war cry the CTU was waiting for

Just when the economy is going gang busters along come the unions with their bludging, grubby hands out.

The latest figures show gross domestic product (GDP) grew 0.9 percent in the June quarter, taking annual growth to 3.6 percent.

Driven by housing, strong demand for exports and immigration, New Zealand now has the third highest growth rate in the OECD.

However, how much of the increased growth is getting through to workers?

ANZ chief economist Cameron Bagrie says any growth flows into the economy and eventually into wages.

“If we continue to see unemployment track down, wages will start to move up and people will start to get ahead.

“We’re seeing real wage growth at the moment of 1.5 percent, but I’m expecting that to grow to 2.5 percent over the next 24 months.”

However, critics say we’re relying on immigration and on a per person basis New Zealand’s hardly growing at all.

“The biggest disappointment is the fact that it’s driven by population growth rather than by increasing the quality of what we are doing. Our productivity growth is probably going backwards,” says CTU economist Bill Rosenberg.

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Another nasty SJW attack on My Food Bag

My Food Bag has been attacked on social media before and I wrote about it at the time. Now an ex-political journalist who works for New Zealand’s largest union and describes herself as a “Union spin doctor,” has instigated another nasty attack.


One of the social justice warriors Dave Phillips, who shares Jessica William’s bandwagon has “Union Thug” on his facebook profile. I think this neatly sums up the calibre and motivation of the people involved in this hit on a reputable business. The photo of him includes a badge that reads “Die Scab




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Scumbag teachers union shamelessly uses kids to push their agenda [UPDATED]

The NZEI is agitating again, using children to push their agenda.

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Employing people is a cost

And when unions drive that cost up, the company goes belly up.

Hostess, the producers of Twinkies went bust, twice, as a result of heinously bad union arrangements.

The most recent investors who bought it out of bankruptcy did not in fact buy “the company.” They bought just some of the assets. By buying the Hostess assets out of bankruptcy, Apollo and Metropoulos took them on free of employee benefits and other labor obligations that had weighed down the company.

They went from local bakeries and delivery routes to a much more concentrated production system and delivery into warehouses.

Employing people is a cost. And when that cost rises, fewer people are going to be employed.

In 2012, the end appeared nigh for the humble Twinkie, the yellow sponge cake and American icon: A trend toward healthy eating and a bitter union brawl had forced its baker into bankruptcy.

Now, Hostess Brands is back with a vengeance, with new plans to become a publicly listed company and return to a market that had once left it for dead. The deal, announced Tuesday, would give the maker of Twinkies, CupCakes and Ding Dongs a market value of roughly $2.3 billion

Unions are idiots. Even a parasite knows not to kill its host.  Read more »


Did the unions stitch up Malcolm Turnbull?

Malcolm Turnbull - Getty Images

Malcolm Turnbull – Getty Images

Malcolm Turnbull got a big shock on Saturday night when the election was too close to call. Although the polls had been indicating this, the word from Australia was that the marginal seats were going in favour of the Coalition.

Apparently the unions in Australia aren’t as useless as the unions here. Read more »

Luddite unions are obsolete

by Gavin

via themusicworkshop.com

via themusicworkshop.com

When I left school in the late 70s my first job was in a bank. A the time technology was just starting to affect daily life in the banks. Databank processed the cheques and other transactions. We got line flow printed reports every morning for all accounts and changes in the branch. The old handwritten records still existed. To load new accounts, changes and closures we had to fill out forms that were sent to databank daily, putting a strike through zeros to distinguish them from Os. The golf ball typewriter was modern and typists typed up letters with carbon copies. The first “Bankcard” was introduced around this time as well. Read more »


Has anyone in media questioned Labour’s links with union interests?

The Media party is trying to create the impression of murk by linking the fishing industry with National. All based off of the back of the fact that Peter Goodfellow is a director of Sanfords.

National Party president Peter Goodfellow leaves the National caucus room during any discussion about the fishing industry to avoid any conflict of interest, Prime Minister John Key says.

Mr Goodfellow has significant interests in fishing company Sanfords, which holds about a quarter of the total fishing quota in New Zealand.

Mr Key was asked about National’s closeness to the commercial fishing industry today after a contract to monitor the commercial fleet was awarded to a business whose general partner was owned by fishing companies – one of which is Sanfords.

Speaking to reporters at his weekly press conference, the Prime Minister said Mr Goodfellow was “immensely careful about managing any conflict of interest”.   Read more »