The vanishing money of the Maritime Union

The Maritime Union in Auckland is now facing a catastrophe. Not the loss of the jobs by the Port saying enough of their unreasonable demands. Rather this catastrophe is yet to be realised by the union.

You see they have over 300 workers at the Ports of Auckland, plus another 150 odd Ports staff in other areas of Port operations that they represent. Those members pay union dues.

Good accurate sources tell me that the amount of union dues per annum paid to the Maritime Union in Auckland exceeds $500,000 per annum.

Right now those union members are not only losing wages through silly strikes, but now they also face losing their jobs as a result of union intransigence. their union bosses like Gary Parsloe though won’t have gone without a single cent as the crisis deepened, they have the union dues they picked from the pockets of their members to live on. Half a million dollars per annum picked from those pockets.

If I was a union member I would be looking very closely right now if it was all worth it. I would wonder why the union refuses to have proper secret ballots on issues and why they continue with the culture of fear and intimidation that racks their workplace that other workplaces eradicated by making their ballots secret. And If I was a union member I would certainly be questioning the value of those weekly deductions from my salary. I most certainly would be questioning the payment of political donations to Len Brown and to Mike Lee and wonder if it was worth spending all that cash campaigning on behalf of MMP as their jobs slid from under them.

Now as the 300 strong work force is split into 3 or maybe 4 smaller companies they may well wonder if the union deserves their support any more or if they’d be better looking for another union to better represent their interests, because it seems the Maritime Union is more interested in causing unrest, paying donations of union funds to politicians and sending cash to the Labour party than representing them.


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  • Notrotsky

    Keep it up Cam you got them livid over at the Lapblog – almost an entire post devoted to you.

    • Sars

      The really interesting thing about the Standard and the people that comment there is the total lack of evidence used to back up whatever they are saying. They vehemently dispute the $91k per annum and the only working 28 hours a week thing but no evidence to back that up. Who is going to take them seriously when they don’t even care enough about their own opinions to do ten minutes research and back them up?

    • Sars

      I actually loved the bit where James said WO didn’t outright deny being paid by POA so therefore he is definitely paid by them. Did WO seriously offer $10k to run a National media campaign? Obviously I can’t know for sure because clever James hasn’t actually backed that up with any evidence…

      • There isn’t a single shred of truth to their post. To respond to it would be to lend them credibility.

      • Rockfield

        Assuming that WO has not received any payments from POAL, James has a good case of libel brewing against him I would have thought.


      • Suing them isn’t worth it. They will be broken arsed unionist sitting in their waged jobs spewing bile.

        Mocking them derisively however is always worth the effort.

      • Sars

        I was going to ask how you can just sit back and let them talk this crap about you but then I realised…they have no credibility so why bother. You are absolutely right, to respond would be to legitimise their lies. 

        I thought maybe you offered to run a media campaign for National in a tongue in cheek kind of way, a bit like your offer to run HR for the Labour party. Context is a wonderful thing and the Standard seem to really love removing it. 

      • Agent BallSack

        Exactly Sars. If they bothered to check they would know that Whale actually offered to run Labours campaign. Lucky they had Mallard instead!

      • Who is James Henderson anyway? The bitchiness of this latest post at The Standard and the attempt to shoot Whaleoil as the messenger rather than address his allegations suggests that it could be someone a whole lot closer to the action. Wouldn’t it be interesting if “James Henderson” turned out to be a Labour MP, especially one with a close affiliation to the labour movement.

        Now; who might fit that bill? Hmmmmm……

    • niggly

      Note people like James Henderson’s modus operandi.

      Have no evidence, throw mud, see what the result is and then throw more mud. But still have no edivence.

      Yep, so badly done, but only the likes of die hard Labour types will continue to believe the mud throwing!

      (Pssst no wonder Lefties are moving to the Greens)!

  • Agent BallSack

    MUNZ is like a petulant child that you’ve ignored because you havent want to smack them and ruin your good mood. Well its Smacking Time!

  • ConwayCaptain

    When I was at sea I asked the NZSU delegate on my ship what the union secretaries were paid.  These were the people like Parsloe and if I remember right they had one each in Akl Wtn and ChCh.

    Their pay was the same as the Bosun on a tanker which was the highest rate on the coast at the time.

    So I would assume that Mr P is on a pretty good salary.  Now if these buggers went off pay when the members went on strike, to share the pain so to speak, we might not have these stoushes.

    However when the contractors get into POAL I trust that the workers will be given good safety training as most of the accidents on the wharves are caused by inexperienced workers.

  • Agent BallSack

    Would be interested to know whether Whale has accepted any money, however. Not that its wrong to accept money for publishing views of others, writers do it all the time. Is there any truth behind the rumour that Whale is a ‘paid propagandist’ for the VRWC POAL! 

    • I have not accepted or received any money from Ports of Auckland, not 1 cent let alone $10,000. Though I must admit that their assumptions and allegations have given me pause for thought, perhaps I should charge for what I do. It was nice of them to establish a bench mark too.

      Given that their first allegation is unfounded, unproven and in fact an out right lie then you can imagine how much veracity the rest of their claims are.
      Believing them is like believing a $20 hooker is still a virgin.

      • Sars

        They have a donations button on their page…you could have one too! 
        I do wonder how they account for their donations and whether or not they account for those donations to the tax man.

    • Agent BallSack

      I didn’t think for one minute that you had. Thanks for the response Cam. It’s interesting that you’re supposedly running this campaign against MUNZ and we as readers and contributors to your blog would fall behind whatever you write and slavishly defend it, even against our own beliefs. I suppose that’s the difference between the right and the left.

  • Spanishbride

    Now if someone would just spread the unsubstantiated rumor that WO’s wife is going to be NZ next Top Model my happiness will be complete ;)

    • Didn’t you win that last week?

      • Guest

        Dude is getting a root tonight.

    • Agent BallSack

      SB ~ If you tweet it, it must be true!

    • ConwayCaptain

      Master WO will win NZs Greatest Cook with his MEAT salad

  • Anonymous

    I hate to feed the trolls, but had to ask them:

    ” James Henderson: I’m interested in you putting forward some evidence in light of Cameron Slater “being paid to run dirt stories for Ports of Auckland”.

    Please tell me that “He didn’t deny it” is all you have to produce.

    Where did this $10,000 figure come from?

    I hope you’re not making assumptions based on past instances, that would be poor form.”

    I don’t expect much from a response, even less of a credible one.

    • Agent BallSack

      Travdog thats a reasonable question so I expect it will be consigned to the ‘trolling’ bin

      • Anonymous

        “Your comment is awaiting moderation.”

      • Sars

        They seem to do that all the time, what’s that even about? When they get called out for slander and name calling they refer people back to their terms and call it robust discussion…when someone asked a pertinent question, bam! You’re a troll and you shall be banned. 

        See how we ask WO if it’s true, he answers truthfully and doesn’t delete our comments and ban us. I consider that to be open and frank discussion…kind of the opposite of what goes on at the…can’t even bring myself to name them…’those who shall not be deemed worthy of naming’ blog

      • Agent BallSack

        Funny that – Ive never got past that stage :D

      • Agent BallSack

        Sars…I wouldn’t have cared if Cam had said ‘Eff off that’s none of your business’ and I probably had no right to ask but in a way it’s like declaring a conflict of interest. Good on Whale if he is earning money to make people think. We all know MSM liberally borrow from him and I am pretty damn sure they don’t always reference or probably even pay him a cent.

    • Michael Duke

      Incoming ban at The Standard in 5 … 4 … 3 … 2 ……

    • Travdog; you’ve committed the Standard’s cardinal sin; daring to question one of the authors. Expect a lifetime ban to be imposed by lunchtime; that’s how Lynn Prentice and his acolytes deal with dissent.

      • Gazzaw

        Now you’ve really done it Travdog. Your life is totally fucked. A lifetime ban from the standard. You poor bastard.

  • Figaro

    The silence from the labour party in the mainstream media about this is only shows how much they are on the books of the union.  I woudl have expected to see a few more texts from new york by now !

    • Gazzaw

      The other factor to take into account Figaro is that labour knows full well that the majority of the public sides with POAL. Labour isn’t about to back a loser on what would be their first major foray into the public opinion stakes. Labour needs to keep its powder dry for the bigger battles ahead.

      I’m surprised WP hasn’t provided us with an ‘instant fix’ – or has he?

  • Now up at The Standard:


    11 January 2012 at 10:26 am

    Dear James

    I am the Senior Communications Manager for Ports of Auckland and I
    can categorically confirm that we have not paid and will not pay Cameron
    Slater anything.

    Best regards

    [lprent: Double-checking the e-mail. If it pans out then I’ll add to the post.
    Confirmed. Adding. ]

    I wonder how long it will be before “James Henderson” withdraws his/her defamatory allegations.

  • Jimmie

    my contribution to their non post:
    Hmmmm SMOG. This post proves the old adage that assumptions are the mother of all f—ups.Take one vague assumption based on a non denial and extrapolate it out into a whole essay of a post with the one goal of demonizing the Whale.Perhaps its good for feeding your friendly resident commentators always wanting tosalivate on some anti VRWC morsel but as to contributing positively to the reputation of this blog as a fount of accurate and direct political commentary hmmmm opps better luck next time lol

  • Agent BallSack

    As per Jimmie:

    Your comment is awaiting moderation. 
    11 January 2012 at 12:08 pm

    James Henderson writes”“He didn’t admit being paid but his failure to deny it when given the chance is evidence itself. Unless his “I’m not being paid by Ports of Auckland” keys were broken. Slater doesn’t run this kind of intense campaign for the hell of it – it’s his occupation. And why would he be running the Port’s lines for free? Who are they to him? It’s not like a shipping line or an exporter moving from one New Zealand port to another matters a jot in his life. Different when you’re getting paid though, eh?”

    Pity James Henderson writes for the standard with this sort of fantasy creation, I would have thought that The Hobbit would be better suited to this sort of mendacity and assumption. Oh except no one here likes Peter Jackson either.

    • You mean no-one there, I presume ABS, as in no-one at The Standard

      Peter Jackson’s stand against Actors Equity was a thing of beauty!

    • Agent BallSack

      Sorry, yes. I posted it here also because they have never allowed my posts on that website.

      • Agent BallSack

        And once again they haven’t failed to disappoint. At least they’re consistent. 

  • Elaycee

    Maybe James Henderson gets the ‘information’ for his fables from the well known expert on numbers found in Annual Reports / publicity seeking resident of Occupy [insert name of park, town, city or bus shelter], failed electoral candidate / placard waving dissident, Penny Bright!

    Could help explain why the whole ‘story’ resembles the stuff mucked from stables.