Saving the Port from Kings Cross

The Maritime Union has launched a big expensive PR campaign to save jobs they pretty much destroyed in the first place. More precious members funds being wasted.

The Maritime Union is spearheading a major publicity campaign to save the jobs of 320 Auckland wharfies.

Maritime Union president Garry Parsloe said it launched the SaveOurPort campaign last month.

It aimed to set the record straight about the issues which had gained strong interest in Auckland and internationally.

The campaign is a coalition of port workers, their families and supporters, and Aucklanders, according to the campaign website It is supported by the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions and The International Transport Federation.

It comes as the Ports of Auckland progresses with plans to contract out workers after months of failed negotiations with the union over the watersiders’ collective contract.

SaveOurPort’s goal was to “protect the rights of workers at the port to have job security and family time”, the website said.

Of course I have already busted Labour and their now cosy relationship with the Maritime Union in helping promote this site through Labour party conduits.

But while the union workers are on strike next week Garry Parsloe and his union boyos will be living it up in swanky hotels and enjoying a conference in Sydney. I doubt they will be too concerned about casualisation as they negotiate rates with the “employees” of King Cross.

One thing is for certain, the Port will work through the strike without the unionised labour, who will sit and watch as truck after truck rolls out with stock and goods for customers despite the strike fo the Maritime Union. Perhaps then, while their leadership is enjoying the sights and sounds of Sydney the union workers will realise they have been sold down the river by Garry Parsloe and his union pals.

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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.