Kerre Woodham on the Ports dispute

Kerre Woodham mocks the union flunkies ringing and emailing her crying about POAL “propaganda”:

I had a phone call from a well-mannered, articulate Ports driver on Wednesday night who said he’d always enjoyed my radio show but was concerned I was starting to believe the propaganda from the Ports management.

I nearly choked on my chips.

The union puts out a black-and-white video, all beautifully shot and lit, featuring the families of Ports workers speaking over cloying, sentimental background music and he tells me the Ports of Auckland is producing propaganda?!

Dear me.

The three-minute clip, where wives and children talk about the dispute being about family, not about money, and how all they want is for things to stay the same, would belong right up there with the best in terms of emotive filming. The message throughout the video is that no guaranteed hours means no guaranteed income and yet anyone who listens to the news will know that the workers have been offered a guarantee of 160 hours a month.

Now, there may be conditions to that, but it does put paid to the union’s simplistic message.

Yes and in that video that shamelessly used children to push a political message one of the families is that of Carl Findlay. She says sadly “My Dad’s not a troublemaker”…


The union really does set themselves up for a fall using children and having them lie like their union parents.

Carl Findlay’s daughter thinks he isn’t a trouble maker probably hasn’t told her that he received a final written warning for bullying and intimidation and another one for stealing company property and interfering in an internal company investigation. he has had several serious misconduct warnings but in the eyes of his daughter he isn’t a trouble maker.

If the union is serious about setting the record straight you would think they would get their kids to tell the truth about their parents?

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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.

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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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