Down at the Port

Yesterday I went down to the port. We have heard a lot of talk from Garry Parsloe about the conditions down at the port and about how terrible management were. I thought I would go and find out for myself. I rang the Port and they said to come on down.

Once I had signed in I was pretty much given a free reign within the boundaries of safety. The place is pretty impressive and later I might go back and look at the technologies used down at the port, from the cranes, to the straddles to the boats.

It was funny walking through the offices because on quite a few computer screens my blog site was showing in their browsers. Everywhere I went people wanted to meet me and thank me for telling their side of the story…and they wanted to tell me more.

The first place I wanted to go was the lunch room while the workers were on their break. As I walked in I was greeted by burly wharfies who were genuine pleased to see someone taking an interest in the work they are doing.

The lunch room is something to behold. There is a table tennis table, it had several people surrounding it playing and enjoying their break. There were a couple of people playing pool. Plenty sitting around playing cards and eating their lunch and chatting at the tables.

Over at the back wall there were 5 computers, ironically 4 of them had my website up on them. The Port provides workers full internet access on the computers and people were doing backing, using Skype, watching Youtube, Facebook and Twitter.

There is also two TV areas with large screen TVs, Sky DVD players and couches and rest areas. On top of that there are numerous fridges stocked with drinks, and other condiments, plus a full kitchen and cafetaria facility. Outside in the BBQ area were two large BBQs for staff to use. I asked which were the union tables, and they all laughed at me and said there was no such thing as union tables anymore…”they left and we reallocated them”…”it is first come first served for seats now”…

The moral and feeling in lunch room was very high and the staff were all enjoying themselves. Not a single person didn’t want to talk and they talked freely. I have made a video of some comments which I will post over the weekend.

I was also shown the gym which workers can use for the extremely high cost of $1 per week.

The over riding feeling I got from talking to over 50 people from office workers to stevedores, crane drivers and straddle drivers was that the company was a great company to work for, that looked after the staff and that the union had mis-represented the issues appallingly.

Their certainly isn;t the miserable conditions down there that Parsloe and Co have painted the place as.

 


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  • Adolf Fiinkensein

    Well done Whale.  Yet another union lie exposed.

    Now what about climbing all over this claim that shipping companies are turning off their navigation equipment to ‘slip undetected’ into Auckland harbour.

    • Greg M

       More union bullshit, check the shipping on this link, zoom in on Auckland.

      http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/

      • motorizer

        that link is…. just….. FREAKIN AWESOME!!!! thanks, mate.

  • Phar Lap

    Cant help be impressed by your comments and observations.Hope Liebours “Dormouse” Shearer,goes down there himself,and does something useful for a change,instead of hiding in his little hidey hole berating all and sundry who dare to tell the truth.He only seems to have eyes for Parsloe and his band of redundant brigands who spin the lies faster than that other creep “Wonder Woman”.

  • Vij

    Excellent post Whale.  Can’t wait to see the video.  Please put everything on YouTube, so that the whole world can see how spoilt these lazy people were.  Where arre the useless MSM?  Absolutely pleased POA got rid of these clowns.  Who would ever employ these lazy clowns.  Above all, I would love to see the Union held financially liable for all the losses they have caused by this strike.

    • Orange

       I don’t think they were spoilt, just treated well and honorably. As far as I can see the problem is that the union did not return the favour.

    • joe bloggs

      Yeah ditto, Good to see you doing the hard yards and going down there to shed some sunlight on working conditions.

      I don’t recall ANY of the MSM investigating from in the trenches like you have over recent months…job done Sir.

  • Kiwidon

    Agree – well done WO!

  • BJ

    My brother used to be an electrician at the port in the 80’s when ARC owned it. He always told me the union workers were absolutely on ‘the pigs back’ and thats why they stayed there for all their working days. He said it was the cushiest job he has ever had but he couldn’t stand the unionists attitude who were always trying to extract more and more out of their employer because on mass they could bully and get their way.
    It would do members of the public who so naively believed the bulls..t MUNZ has been saying, to see the supportive work/play environment they enjoy. There will be a lot of enviable people thinking themselves now silly for being drawn in by the hype of the union bosses about how hard done by they are.

  • Edge Gareth

    Though you’d have to feel sorry for these guys who are going to end up working for contractors and will no doubt lose out on some of the aforementioned perks thanks to the union scum…

    • BJ

      Yes I feel sorry for the decent guys that I guess felt they had no choice but to follow because if they had become ‘scabs’ they would have been ostracized forever. Its crinal they didn’t have a secret ballot to see who wanted out of the futile stance of the unions

  • Blokeintakapuna

    Good on ya WO.
    Well done to everyone else at PoAL for carrying on whilst Union trouble makers portray everything in a bad light.

    Good on ya everyone at PoAL

  • SalaciousTCrumb

    If thats what constitutes appalling conditions, then I am missing something.
    Oh that’s right, Parlsoe-Goebbels is a bullshit artist.

    Wonder what his definition of poverty is?

  • Guest

    Perhaps a union worker could explain the “union tables” in the cafe to the public ?

  • Darren

    Hi Cameron – my name is Darren Wiseman and I’m the IT Operations Manager at Ports of Auckland.  I didn’t know about your visit until I saw it on this post, and I’m glad to see you enjoyed your look around!  

    With all that has happened over the last few months, particularly with lost customers and lost business, the rest of us are facing possible job losses because the organisation has to scale accordingly.  However, even with that future possibility we are proud of what we do, and proud of our contribution to the company and to Auckland. 

    Our company motto is “Kia Kaha, Kia Maia”. Give of your best, be confident in your ability.  We believe  in it.  

    Cheers,

    Darren.

    • Thanks for your comments Darren….just make sure that Whaleoil.co.nz isn’t blocked by your content filters….might be a good idea to block Munz website though.

    • Vij

      Darren, you are an honourable man

  • thor42

    Blimey…. a gym, computers, BBQ area….
    **That’s** what I call being well looked-after.
    You’d swear it was a country club rather than a port! 

    • Pukakidon

       I think it is what any good employer of that size should provide.  Happy staff work hard.

      Now they have got rid of the shit stirrers they will perform even better.

  • Gazzaw

    Thanks Cam for the insight into the facilities. I think that if I were a striker my priority right now would be to get myself back on the wharves as soon as possible. As sure as shit sticks to a blanket POAL will be vetting the applicants very very carefully.

    Maybe I haven’t been right on the button with the news today but I have not heard a lot from the offshore bruvvers of late. I would have thought that all ships from Australia or the US scheduled  for Auckland would have been blacklisted by now.  Maybe its just not that easy. Appears that rhetoric is cheap. 

  • Terrafirma

    Awesome work WO.  Nothing like going to ground zero to find out the truth. 

  • James

    Good stuff cam…. between you and Cactus getting out and actually seeing what’s what in the world you are making the MSM look a bunch of frauds as so called “journalists”. Is this the start of a major paradigm shift in media…? 

  • Adolf Fiinkensein

    There MUST be a story to tell about the ‘union tables.’

  • leata

    Hi Cam, sorry i missed your visit as i would have really loved to have met you. How can anyone say we are not looked after? I came from working out at the airport to this and man i tell you this is my Heaven. My question however is why are the union still outside? Shouldn’t they all be looking for jobs? Or are their payouts big enough for them to keep sitting around? Oh and yea to the idiot that told me I’m a  parasite and a scab – SUCK ON THIS! Checkmate!

  • doshi

    OH DEAR LEATA AND I HAVE NO DOUBT THE IT OPERATOR WILL BE A POM OF DUBIOUS BACK GROUND AS ARE MOST WHO COME OVER HERE AND WORK IN OUR INDUSTRY.
    A WORD OF WARNING EVERY WATERSIDER IN NZ IS RIGHT BEHIND AUCKLAND AND YOU CAN ALL LAUGH AT THE OVERSEAS INVOLVEMENT BUT  THE ITF IS A POWERFUL ORGANISATION AND FOR ALL THOSE WONDERFUL SCABS STILL WORKING IN THERE AND ABOUT TO HAVE ALL THE CONDITIONS,WAGES THAT WERE FOUGHT FOR BY THOSE ON THE PICKET LINE DECIMATED YOU NEED TO HAVE A LONG HARD LOOK AT YOUR SELF AS MOST OF YOU COULD CRAWL UNDER SNAKE WITH A TOP HAT ON.
    A SCAB IS THE LOWEST FORM OF HUMANITY AND YOU WHO HAVE GONE AGAINST HOLDING ON TO WHAT ALL BEFORE YOU HAVE GAINED YOU HAVE SHOULD HOLD YOUR HEAD IN DISGUST
    i HOPE YOU SLEEP WELL AT NIGHT MR GIBSON WILL BE LAUGHING AT YOU ALL AS HE HAS YOU ALL WHERE HE WANTS YOU AND ALL TO THESE PATHETIC IDIOTS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO THIS WE CERTAINLY HAVE NOT GONE AWAY
    PROUD TO BE UNION WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY UNTIL VICTORY

    • leata

      Your too dumb to reply to.

    • motorizer

      dork

    • MarcWills

      It’s called the CAPS LOCK key.

      Grow up Pussy.

    • starboard

      FUCKWIT

    • hoha

      The lowest form of humanity is a lazy ass prick who turns up to work and does sweet f*** all and expects to get paid for a full day when other workers are working a full day.Another low form is a person who pisses on a bbq that everyone uses just because they arent allowed to be on the premises, its not the fault of the workers who are not striking that they have a brain and the balls to work out a contract for themselves  A scab is a true hero to his/her family as he/she puts their welfare before anything else.
      Times have changed and the union refuses to change with them.Instead of paying for pasloe to fly around the world to go to union meetings why dont they invest the fees and get a passive income

      • poalWORKER

        hi leata you should still come downstairs and say hi to the boys. you hit the nail on the head. They will stay outside for a while longer until they lose the court case or until the contractors are in working. the numbers will dwindle slowly, we have already had a few from the picket line come crawling in begging for their jobs….. a bit to late….they may get a few thousand this weekend but the rest of the country knows how much they earn for how little…. lazy useless unemployed pricks

    • Boss Hogg

      Rather be a scab than a Lemming. 

      Fuck – who put that cliff there ????   Arrrrrrrrrghhhhhh – thump.

      • AzaleaB

        Nice visual!

    • EpochNZ

       Actually, the lowest form of humanity is a bully.  And everything I’ve seen of the unions actions since this started has best described as almost pathological bullying.

      If this was kindergarten, you’d have been sent to the naughty chair ages ago.

    • Gazzaw

      Your ranks seem to be thinning doshi in fact without the Aussie holidaymakers there I wonder how many of you were lined up for the TV cameras. Where were the rest I wonder? Signing contracts?

    • big ears

      Doshi, if you are the Doshi I know who still works at the Ports then you haven’t covered your name up very well.

      • Euan Rt

        correction big ears, ‘used to work at the ports’.

      • big ears

        no, not if it’s the Doshi I know – this person still works there, different department

      • Euan Rt

        So I expect that there will be more restructuring to come then? Doesn’t sound like the sort of guy I want working at my port.

      • motorizer

        only someone with a cushy job that is not as at risk would carry on like Duchie, doshi. 

        maybe cant see the wood for the trees.

      • hugo

        name and shame

      • Vij

        Who is he? Please tell me, he is a scab to all hard working Indians.  Or is he really an Indian?

    • spektrix

      Let the UNION FEED your hungry families FOOL!!!

    • hugo

      scabs.. I dont think so the are employed by ports of auckland therefore they are not. Victory.. you have lost your unemployed now, parsloe is a joke and everywhere else in nz you have been forced back to work… also from memory it is illegal for secondary strikes in the us and australia… port of tauranga has contracted out labour what the problem… also parsloe has his own contracting company on a nz wharf, oops said to much

    • Beenthere

      Me thinks, they are fighting a battle to the bitter end, despite having lost the war.

    • Vij

      You are a disgrace to the use an Indian name

    • Adybombs

      Doshi, It actually looks like Mr Gibson has you and your ilk where he wants you,  Somewhere other than his port!

    • Mike

       Makes a sack of hammers look intelligent…..

    • SalaciousTCrumb

       Doshi is a scab, Doshi is a scab, Doshi is a scab, Doshi is a scab, Doshi is a scab, Doshi is a scab, Doshi is a scab, Doshi is a scab, Doshi is a scab…

    • Philip ure a cock

      Fuck off you ignorant, self-righteous, indignant, sanctimonious, free-loading piece of 1970s fossilised, putrid, turd. This marks the death of unions in NZ and about fucking time. The unionist socialists have held New Zealand back for far too long. We have a country of blamers with a culture of entitlement that have created an internalised economic state.

    • Catwoman

       Wanker

  • titanuranus

    Ol` doshi , pining for the 50`s , loooooooool.

  • doshi

    If you are all that good at the talk get down to Britomart tomorrow Saturday at 4pm and there will be an open microphone for Leata the IT person and any others of you people to have your say as if you are so right about what you are saying hearing what you dribble on about should be no problem
    Doshi will be there so make yourself known or   if the institution might not let you out you can carry on in this arena
    see you tomorrow brothers

    • motorizer

      still a dork.

    • Arnold

      you are a complete twat, and you are quite happy to try and hold the country at ransome by bringing your gangster mates from aussie and usa in – you and the parasites you call your comrades or brothers should be fuckin ashamed of yourselves. POAL gave you a bloody awesome deal and you fucked yourselves, so dont try and screw the country as well…by the way it is 2012 not 1950……son of a 51 striker

    • Boss Hogg

      A microphone, an audience of Comrades, close to home – can I sense an opportunity for Socialst Cindy the Show Pony to come trotting by………….

    • noddy

      and what was the result of the recent tri nations final? oh yeah, India wasn’t in it

    • EpochNZ

       Open Microphone?  I’m sure they dont know the meaning.  The same as they dont know the meaning of “Secret Ballot”.

    • Travdog

      There’s nothing for us to prove doshi, you losing your job is testament to that. Still beating the union drum I see, all the way to the ocean floor.

      You lost your job, and good job to that I say. Ungrateful sod. Welcome to reality.

      The all capslock statement adds nothing to your comment, other than to say “i’m a desperate fucker trying to get people to listen after being proven wrong.”

      Good job loser, now go look for another job.

    • Mully

       I was tempted to go to Britomart just to see how few people actually turn up. Probably the same half-dozen who were trying to picket the other Saturday night when I drove past.

      But then I was worried about being counted amongst the scumbags. And I have a job, so yeah.

      Have fun at WINZ – can’t say you didn’t all deserve it. Pack of muppets. Destroying a good thing.

      • Doshi is the scab

        As I said the Other day, I’ll happily fund a good supply of eggs to anyone able to go and represent common sense at these scum socialist rallies!

    • Adolf Fiinkensein

       Doshi, is your open microphone something like the ‘open’ votes you have for strike action?

    • hugo

      so you can be bullied by the union some more, isnt urination on the bbqs enough. go to the mess room doshi and do your spill then thats if you have access to the building

    • I bet you union cowards wouldn’t let me near the microphone.

    • Patriot

      The Union members may as well smash bricks in their face — The Public have listened to their arguments and find the union members are liars  — they get paid enough,

      $27.50 per hour said ” Wharfie Mike ” on radio + a day shift can be 6.30am to 3pm + overtime is 3pm to 11pm – plenty of work — what a bunch of union liars .

      they are not starving + they work only a few of the hours they are paid.

      Look at the gym facilities they have — they deserve to be sacked / redundant — Bugger them selfish pricks .   The MUNZ have lied to the public .

      Contract out their jobs . Stuff em .     

    • Mike

      Dollars to a knob of goat poo the “open mike” will be turned off as soon as something is mentioned that is not in the party manifesto. There will be a crowd of intimidators with megaphones (hey, Minto might even show) and no doubt a few well-heeled politicians of the green and melon variety. A lot of shouting and stirring, which will be ignored by the rest of the country. Unless Silent T shows up and does another of his impassioned speeches….

  • Spanishbride

    ” Brothers” ? My goodness I am no longer in any doubt that the Union are a Gang.
    You know what SCAB stands for?

    Stands up for himself and his family
    Courageous in the face of BBQ pissing Gang members
    Assertive, does what needs to be done in a non threatening manner
    Backbone
     

  • davcav

    So doshi, did you ever get around to having a secret ballot to see what the rest of your union members really thought about these strikes or were you just too busy getting reamed out by Gary?

  • hoha

    Well i know it cant be a stevedore because they wanted an extra $1 n hour if they had to use computers so it must be his wife and of course she don’t get shit to fight his battles but of course he was yelling at her to type in bold!!! 

  • politically unstable

    Surely the game is over….the train is leaving and if the union boys want a job they need to put in a call to one of the contractors for an interview.

    This is now like arguing about the referees decision after fulltime – it wont change the result.

    • Vij

      Sorry all jobs filled, go and see Cathy Casey she’ll find a job for you

  • Leataotusitupe

    ‘no matter what stay alive, i will find you” 
    old 90’s movie i thought. tooo funnny. Your out without, im out within! Kiss my ass Doshi who is too dumb to work a computer himself

  • hoha

    hey doshi wea r u or r u the 1 that has to put the kids to bed? 

  • STEVE AND MONIQUE

    Are these Union dropkicks to fucking blind to see the writing on the wall.No jobs equates to you lot going home,and either getting a new job,or going to see Winz.Whatever I would have thought it did not mean acting like you had a chance.Cheers Cam for showing how these overpaid underachievers got looked after while at work.Union bullshit exposed once more.

  • SalaciousTCrumb

    Enjoy unemployment and the scorn of the nation, doshi. 

  • Roger

     Fantastic-at last someone has the balls to find out more about this whole story. The news media in general are just pathetic!

  • sP

    That tent those fools have put up in Mechanics Bay… presumably that’s not Union-owned property so they’re in the same boat as those oxygen thieves who camped out in Aotea Square? Why aren’t they being moved on – where are the water-cannon?

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