Well Done Len

Len Brown has broken his silence and come out backing his board at Ports of Auckland:

Auckland Mayor Len Brown has issued an ultimatum to the Maritime Union in the bitter industrial dispute on the city’s wharves, saying there must be more flexibility in work practices to make the port more productive and profitable for the council.

In his first interview since news of the port’s loss of Fonterra export business broke last Wednesday, Mr Brown said he expected the stoush between Ports of Auckland and the union to be resolved soon.

“I would encourage them to do everything they can as loyal Aucklanders to resolve this issue without any further unnecessary time wasting,” he said.

Mr Brown – a member of the Labour Party who received a $2000 donation from the Maritime Union towards his 2010 election campaign – yesterday said the board and management of the 100 per cent council-owned port company had his full confidence but he refused to express confidence in the union, which he was not responsible for.

Mr Brown said the donation did not mean he was in the pocket of the union.

Good to see and perhaps Len Brown will be a bit more careful in future about accepting donations from union, though it is more likely that he will simply hide it like he did for the vast majority of his other donation via a secret trust.

The Maritime Union needs to pull its head in now rather than rely on Hobbit Haters and failed campaign managers for spreading their message

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  • Thorn

    Its not over yet. Rumour has it the Maritime Union are going to match and exceed the donation made the Board to get Len on their side.

  • Vegas

    It took Brown long enough to voice his concerns. Guess who will have to fund the POA return shortfall? Certainly not the Union.

  • Lesley

    I wonder if the Maritime Union boss Gary Parsloe was warned who Mayor Len Brown was backing before today’s NZ Herald story was published? Good on our Mayor for finally coming out and supporting the Ports of Auckland and the ratepayer’s interests. Wonder what the other 7 anti POA Board Councillors think? (And the 2 unelected Maori Statutory Board members who are allowed to vote undemocratically): Against POA Board – Cathy Casey, Sandra Coney, Alf Filipaina, Ann Hartley, Mike Lee, Penny Hulse, Patience Te Ao*, Wayne Walker, Glenn Wilcox*

    *Maori Statutory Board member

  • Anonymous

    Listening to Len Lazy Brown on ZB. The man is a Fuckwit.

    can’t make a stand either way. Fork.