Random Impertinents on the Ports Crisis

Gosh, aren’t we lucky that the Maritime Union didn’t strike during the Rugby World Cup. They could have also easily started striking before the November 27 election, and got a lot of publicity. Either of these two timeframes could have caused significant strife.

MUNZ and POAL started negotiating in early September.

Yet, MUNZ could have easily have had strikes during October and November, indeed even late September, when they realised that POAL wanted casualisation.

Yet they didn’t start striking until December 1. (They announced their first strike on November 18)

So, random impertinent time:

Who asked the Maritime Union to hold off striking until December 1?

Why was this date chosen when RWC and the election would have been perfect moments to apply pressure?

Was it Len Brown who told them to back off, who didn’t need another crisis during the Rugby World Cup after his rail failures?

Was it Phil Goff and the Labour Party, who didn’t want bully boy antics from a union costing them votes?

I think we should be told, do you?


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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