Union bullies exposed

With the Maritime Union now on strike for 21 days we are starting to hear of the stories of intimidation and fear perpetrated by the Union.

My union insiders have told me that even the hard cases were clearing out their lockers last night, gearing up to never return. They know they are beaten and this last action for the next three weeks is just for show. They have also told me quietly that had there ever been a secret ballot then many of these strikes would never have gone ahead.

It is ironic that secret ballots haven’t occurred because Carol Beaumont, one of the organisers of Save our Ports had this to say in opposition to the Secret Ballot law that is still before the house:

“The reason I point that out is that unions do have a good-faith obligation to their members. For argument’s sake, let us say that a union official was to force a member to take strike action. I do not believe that that is actually possible, and I have been a union organiser myself, but let us say that it is possible. In fact, that member has the absolute right under the Employment Relations Act to say that their union is not acting in good faith towards them, because it was forcing them to do something they did not want to do. The member would actually have a legal remedy for breach of good faith. That exists already”

Some of those union members should feel aggrieved. Their union has sold them down the line so that the senior unionist could get their rather large redundancy payouts. It could easily be argued that ignoring actual ballot numbers int he show of hands is an act of bad faith, they could easily argue that destroying their jobs instead of working constructively with the employer is an act of bad faith.

I am reliably told by several Maritime Union staff that had a secret ballot been held this week instead fo the sham ballot that more than 60% of the staff would have voted to abandon strike action.

Now Ports of Auckland CEO Tony Gibson has shared some of the horror stories of the bullying going on. On top of that the damage, the theft and destruction of facilities as the union bully boys left the premises. Make no mistake the resolve of the Port to stay open during this strike. The Union knows this, that is why their hard cases were clearing out their lockers. They have lost and so they will go down with the dirty and nasty tactics that are largely gone from our industrial landscape.

Labour of course continues to support the strikers, another email was sent out two days ago to those on labour’s email list. It heavily promotes the Save our Ports campaign and was sent out under Labour party logs and banners. So while David Shearer professes to be staying out of this battle the party is simply ignoring him.

Tony Gibson said “These repeated strikes only serve to make it difficult to set dates for further mediation, while placing unwarranted pressure on staff, families, customers and the supply chain,”

Compounding the problem of mediation is the fact that next week as the union pickets the port Garry Parsloe and the union bosses will be sunning themselves in Sydney. That will be yet another example of the bad faith the union has exhibited towards their members.

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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.

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