The Worm Turns

Tax cheat Matt McCarten continues to hate on Len Brown:

When Len Brown was asked for a response to Ports of Auckland’s plan to casualise the jobs of waterfront workers, couldn’t he have simply said that as Mayor he supported well-paid, fulltime jobs for workers in his city?

Instead he bent over backwards to distance himself from the wharfies and asked the workers this week to negotiate “more flexible work practices to reflect changing trends of the international shipping market”.

Is our Mayor for real? What trends?

Yes, rather than feather the beds of the already well paid unionists.

It seems our “people’s Mayor” is more concerned with not offending the political and business elites. And anyway, how exactly was the Mayor expecting the wharfies to negotiate when Gibson told them his plan to eliminate fulltime jobs was non-negotiable? The workers either agree to give up their jobs or he’ll sack them.

When you have wharfies sitting on $800,000 pension plans and with very generous redundancy provisions you start having to follow the money if you are looking for reasons why the union has been so intransigent.

The Mayor’s responsibility is to represent the will of his citizens and act in the interests of their city. To sit on the sideline and pretend the port dispute is merely about wages is naive, or disingenuous at worse. It is grand-scale theft by the very people we are paying to run it.

It’s time to step up for the people, Len. Either demand Gibson’s sacking or stand on the sideline watching hundreds of workers who voted for you lose their livelihoods. The next phase will be to sell the port.

The reason there is a board and ownership structure is to stop speechifying tax cheats from ever delivering on threats to sack people who are actually doing their jobs.


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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.

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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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