There is someone paid more than a wharfie for doing less

Stuff.co.nz

Wonders will never cease. There are people who get paid more than a MUNZ wharfie and do less.

Kiwis were gobsmacked to learn that wharfies at Ports of Auckland cream $91,000 per annum, getting paid for 40 hours but doing just 28 hours of work per week.

Lawyers and Accountants wistfully gazed out of their windows, looking down on the Port jealous that they were slaving away for much less.

Now they have another group of fat cats to be jealous of…MFAT troughers…and handy-men:

Lucrative allowances are nearly doubling the pay of some overseas-based foreign affairs staffers – including a maintenance worker making as much as $154,000 a year.

Documents seen by The Dominion Post show it is not uncommon for overseas Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade staff members to collect $100,000-plus a year in allowances, and even workers on roughly the average wage are collecting six-figure sums.

Once extra costs such as rental accommodation and school fees are taken into account, a person earning $51,874 in salary – such as a maintenance worker at the New Zealand embassy in Moscow – can collect about an extra $100,000 once direct employee benefits including allowances, phones and internet are included. Rent is not included in that figure.

MFAT refused to comment on the figures yesterday but confirmed it was taking “appropriate” steps over the leak of information.

MFAT workers get more in allowances than wharfies get in wages!

This is outrageous troughing. Kiwi MFAT troughers are living it large at taxpayer expense.

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Germany makes its diplomats pay rental when they are posted abroad, knowing that (like NZers) they are renting out their homes during the postings.  And the Israelis must fly economy (including ambassadors) regardless of the flight’s duration, except in exceptional circumstances – if they’re going straight into a major meeting, for example.

Please send in more juicy titbits of MFAT troughers living large.


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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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