The third woman on the wharf

Cactus Kate has busted the Maritime Union for their sexist, anti-women stance with employment. Despite a stated desire from POAL to employ more women the union has effectively blocked any women working on the job by insisting jobs like lashing are a core requirement and all staff must have those skills before doing any other job. Lashing requires significant upper body strength.

Out of a fulltime work force of 212 stevedores under the control of the Maritime Union on the Ports of Auckland just two are women.

 It is all testosterone and backs to the wall stuff down on the wharf. Imagine what would happen if an openly homosexual man turned up applying for a job? Or a current stevedore was known to secretly have a history in such?

The Union is effectively keeping highly paid and lucrative stevedoring, a good k1w1 blokes only zone.

Even the MUNZ National Officials and Staff is a cock-fest. In Auckland a lady gets to run the office. That’s it.

Strange then that a woman Helen “Clean-up” Kelly has been called into help the inept MUNZ and President Garry Parsloe. Even left winger Mickey Savage has called MUNZ’s PR efforts “poor”.
Clean-up Kelly you will all recall is a Hobbit Hater in her prior existence. Yet she is now effectively both in cricketing terms and in reality the “third woman on the Wharf” coming in where MUNZ blokes have cocked-up everything in the slips.
Clean-up is spinning like a top on that most social of mediums – Facebook. And a massive material dump of silliness that mainstream media ignored because it was TL;DR (too long didn’t read).
The question I ask of Helen “Clean Up” Kelly is:

How can she defend a Union in a dispute where less than 1% of the workforce are female and it is the Union itself through restrictive practices that are impeding the progress of employing more women?

So the answer to Frank Macskasy on what has the Maritime Union done for women?
Stuff all.

I can’t wait until Darien Fenton chirps up and defends this Union.


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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.  And 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.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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