Parsloe begs councillors to save him

Garry Parsloe must know the endgame isn’t far away when he is begging for a political solution to stop the Ports of Auckland contracting out, his series of strikes has caused the union to become even more marginalised than before.

The problem is, the council has already given its opinion on the matter. At the December Accountability and Performance Committee meeting, Christine Fletcher cunningly put a support motion to the committee for the Ports management. This was carried by a margin of 11-8.

The problem for the union is this, because they have made financial contributions to some of the politicians (Mike Lee and Len Brown), and because some Auckland Councillors have unwisely stood on the picket line with MUNZ and waved placards elsewhere for the wharfies, they will not be able to participate in any votes regarding the Ports strikes because they have shown themselves to have a conflict of interest. The public would immediately perceive that politicians receiving money from the unions, or standing out waving signs for the unions, to be far too compromised to exercise their judgment as a councillor.

So any attempted revote would have a number of centre left councillors sitting on the sidelines because of their compromised position. A revote would in all likelihood humiliate the union further by a greater margin than before.

There would be one more consequence. If the council did try to overturn its previous decision and support the striking union at the expense of the Port it owned, Lens council would likely erupt into the kind of shitfight that would wreck Lens term for good, and bring in the auditor general for some forensic examinations of council behaviour.

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