Where are the wharfies?

NZ Herald

I said a couple of days ago that the Maritime Union has a problem. Accounting for missing wharfies. My sources tell me that over 80 of the strikers have quietly bolted, either got other jobs or left for Australia. It seems my sources were right:

Frustrated Auckland port workers marched to the waterfront through lunch-time traffic yesterday after voting “unanimously” to end a four-week strike, only to be denied entry.

Chanting “Whose port? Our port” and “Where’s the mayor? Not here”, the 100-odd workers had a police escort back to their picket outside Fergusson container terminal.

So the wharfies voted unanimously…that means there should have been 292 union wharfies at the meeting…and yet just 100 disrupted traffic in a show of “force”.

Where’s the wharfies? Not here is seems.


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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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