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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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.