Ports Update, Ctd

The union bullies of the Maritime Union have enlisted the aid of their militant bruvvers in Australia in yet another illegal secondary action.

Australian port workers are showing their solidarity with their kiwi counterparts by refusing to unload a ship handled by non-union workers in Auckland.

A spokeswoman for the Maritime Union of Australia said union members are refusing to unload the Maersk Brani, which docked at Sydney DP World Wharf at Botany Bay at 5am.

The ship left Auckland on Wednesday evening, after being loaded by non-union staff at the Ports of Auckland.

I imagine the courts in Australia will boot this the same as the courts here.

Meanwhile the union march in Auckland could only be described as a failure. With just 2000 people out of a population of 1.4 million it is clear that their claims that the population of Auckland supports them are somewhat hollow.

When hardened left wing politicians express public disappointment then you know you are rooted.

Despite the numbers, former left wing MP Willie Jackson described the turnout as “disappointing”

“The union movement has to really get out and support these guys,” said Jackson.

“The CTU (Council of Trade Unions) needs to mobilise these unions a bit more. There’s a challenge for the CTU, these guys deserve their support.”

On a fine sunny day in Auckland the best the Maritime union could do was 2000 people and even then most were union ring-ins from other unions. I note that Labour decided to trough it up on the taxpayer flying Charles Chauvel from Wellington, Megan Woods from Christchurch and Moana Mackey from Gisborne.

 


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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.

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