Union Bully Boys

NZ Herald

In the NZ Herald this morning there is an article that outlines the union bully boys:

Economic fallout is likely to linger for months from Auckland’s port dispute – but international union leaders say the effect on New Zealand products could have been immeasurably worse.

Visiting International Transport Federation dockers’ division secretary Frank Leys says even without formal bans against Kiwi goods, an enduring stigma would have settled over the New Zealand brand in markets without Friday’s truce in the dispute.

Mr Leys, who lives in Britain, said lamb sold in Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Sainsbury’s, “would have branded as black meat”.

Mr Leys, who represents 400,000 port workers around the world, added: “We would have talked about your wines in Sweden as having a little smell.”

Mr Leys, who came from London to observe the dispute as it headed towards a prolonged lockout of about 300 workers averted only by a threat of Employment Court injunctions, was guarded about the shape of any formal ban.

But he said that as cargo moved around the world, every consignment linked back to Auckland in particular and New Zealand in general, risked being “not treated the right way”.

That is nothing short of economic bullying. But then unions know no better. Have a look at this Facebook page where they  are going to start posting photos of “SCABS”.

And finally there is the Facebook Scab Busters page where they talk about me having a target on between my eyes:

The same page that features this image:

I don’t think there is any doubt that the wharves are going to become a very unsafe place with the return of the racist, sexist, bully boys of the Maritime Union.


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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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