Losing the battles and the wars

Auckland Now

The Maritime Union is losing the battles and ultimately the war down at the Port:

The battle lines might be murky but most Kiwis believe the ruction between the Ports of Auckland and striking wharfies is one the port bosses are in the right about.

The port and Maritime Union have been locked in a four-month industrial dispute with management wanting permanent staff to become casual workers in return for a 10 per cent pay rise. Port staff wanted a smaller pay rise in exchange for permanent hours.

Last week the union filed an injunction in the Employment Court to stop the port sacking nearly 300 workers, until the court can rule if the action is legal.

A Sunday Star-Times reader poll of over 1000 people found that 54 per cent of respondents believed the port management were right in trying to change the way staff worked. Only 27 per cent thought the union and its workers were in the right.

”This beautiful country of ours will be much better off when people stop thinking that they have some sort of entitlement to sit on their backsides and get paid for doing nothing,” one said.

The overwhelming majority, 86%, acknowledged that the dispute had national significance.  Many compared the feud with the 1951 Waterfront dispute but not in flattering terms.

”The union is trying to go back to the tactics of the 1950s which will not work now days. The union leader needs his head read,” one wrote.

Garry Parsloe needs to call a meeting of his members and put further action to a secret ballot, he needs to have an independent auditor of the results and then he needs to facilitate the return to work of his hoodwinked strikers. He isn’t going to win this by surrounding himself with bullies, racists and thugs.

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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.

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