Unionist bullies colleague, gets compensation


This just in from Radio NZ:

AFFCO has been ordered to reinstate a worker the Employment Relations Authority says was unfairly treated by the company. […]

The company must reimburse three months’ pay, and pay him $7500 for humiliation and loss of dignity.

AFFCO said Mr Harris had written the word “scab” six times inside the locker of another worker and damaged the locker.

So it is alleged Mr Harris wrote “scab” on the inside of a colleague’s locker. Now we turn to HowStuffWorks.com for an explanation:

There are few people who inspire as much controversy as the labor scab — a union worker who returns to the job without permission from the union, or a nonunion employee who needs the work and is willing to put up with taunts, threats and even violence from strikers. In either case, he or she is the mortal enemy of the labor union, an organization that’s designed to protect the interests of workers from the possible tyranny of management. The only true weapon of the labor union is a strike, and scab labor renders a strike useless. For employers who want to break the unions, one of their greatest weapons is the scab.

So it is alleged Mr Harris was bullying a colleague because, essentially, the colleague didn’t tow the union line.

The Employment Relations Authority found:

AFFCO’s investigation into him was procedurally unfair, with significant defects.

AFFCO might have made procedural mistakes in dismissing Mr Harris but the question still remains.

  1. Who wrote “scab” six times on the inside of a worker’s locker?
  2. Who thought it was okay to invade their private space like this?
  3. What does the ERA say on who wrote this? (we’ll need to wait for their written judgement).
  4. What does the union think of a member harassing this worker?
  5. Is the Meat Workers Union prepared to condemn such harassment?



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  • dennis

    Is the ERA staffed by ex union officials? Have any of them had their own business or indeed ever worked for private enterprise or ever known or met an incompetent untrainable employee?

  • Keeping Stock

    4. What does the union think of a member harassing this worker?
    5. Is the Meat Workers Union prepared to condemn such harassment?

    Was it not a Meat Workers Union bloke who was recently identified here making threats with sexual overtones against Paula Bennett? I believe that gives you a good indication as to the answers to questions 4 and 5.

  • Oh Please

    My God, hope my kids don’t get beaten up at school, I don’t think I can afford the payments.

  • Hard1

    Why is it always someone else who gets wads of cash for humiliation and loss of dignity? And always from a private employer? Perhaps wages ARE humiliation payments….now that’s a line for Corporal A. Little to run with…but on the flip side, what’s the opposite of loss of dignity?. Cash and only cash?. Far out world. Money as the great big band aid.