Hosking on Wharfies

Mike Hosking lets rip at the wharfies and their greedy, lazy union:

In a way, you can’t blame the wharfies for putting up the fight they are at the Ports of Auckland. I mean if you were being paid to do nothing, you would be looking to hang on to the deal, wouldn’t you?

Eight hours pay, three hours work – good on them for getting the deal. God only knows who was thick enough to sign it off, but the game’s up. The port is lacklustre. it’s losing business and money to other ports. Its reputation isn’t flash and at long last they’re looking to get things tidied up.

The wharfies have lost. They don’t have the support of the company, of the council which owns them, they certainly don’t have the support of the Auckland ratepayers who are watching a company they own get destroyed, and they don’t have the support of the wider public. Through all the bluster and hot air and jibes at management pulled directly out of Arthur Scargill’s handbook on how to run a class ridden industrial dispute, they have been seen for what they are – a fiefdom on a deal from another age refusing to be realistic.

Even Len Brown doesn’t back them. The man who took their money to get elected sees it for what it is. He should have been playing a far greater role before it ever got to the state it’s in. Ports of Auckland is a major company with a major contribution to the economy of the biggest city in the country and it’s operating in a time warp. Business is leaving – Maersk has walked, Fonterra’s gone.

Where’s the council? The owners? The representatives of all the rate payers who have a stake in the business? The dividends are a joke compared to Tauranga. Do they think the port is a welfare scheme? A jobs programme? Why aren’t they demanding better performance and better returns? The answer is there – lay them off. Too many strikes, too many lock outs, too much disruption. Get rid of them and find some people that actually want to do the job.

No one operates under deals like the wharfies anymore and the fact it’s still causing trouble in 2012 is not only an indictment on the union’s selfishness and greed, but the management and council’s inability to operate a modern business in a way its shareholders would expect.


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  • ConwayCaptain

    Spot on

  • Elaycee

    Mike Hosking on the money – again. 

    • MIKE

      THANKS MUM (o:

  • Dr Wang

    In spite of the fluffy hairdo and “look-at-me” attire, Hosking actually talks sense.

  • Sufferincatfish

    I remember a time when we had a fleet of ships too. The Union Steam Ship Company, Holm Shipping… I was part of that. All gone now, thanks to the (then) Seaman’s Union. Now it’s foreign ships and foreign sailors. Lesson not learned, clearly. 

    • ConwayCaptain

      USS Co was the largest Shipping Co in the S Hemisphere at the end of WW2.  You cant blame the NZSU on their own.  Incompetent management and Govts had a lot to do with it.

      Ex Master SCONZ, I should know.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure that WO was right when he suggested that this is all about the old wharfie pricks wanting to get a fat redundancy cheque and to hell with any young wharfies. 

  • The Gantt Guy

    And the fucking tards have issued yet another strike notice. They’re so farking stupid they don’t even yet realize they’ve lost…