While Twyford promotes public transport Jacinda sits at the feet of a bullying union boss

Phil Twyford and Jacinda Ardern want us to all either walk, take public transport or cycle.

That also seems to be the aim of Wellington bus union bosses who have threatened that Wellingtonians better “get used to walking”… and all done while Jacinda Ardern sat meekly at his feet while he issued his threats: Quote.

Unions are warning Wellingtonians to “get used to walking” as they prepare to take action that will bring buses to a standstill.

Drivers and supporters will set up picket lines in Wellington and the Hutt in June and July, to prevent any buses operated by Tranzit from leaving depots in protest over contracts.

It’s set to disrupt tens of thousands of commuters, with around 100,000 bus trips taken each week in Wellington.

We intend to picket them so that nothing operates in this city without there being justice for people who provide public transport in Wellington,” Union advocate Graham Clark said.

Citizens of Wellington, get used to walking.End of quote.

And there was the prime minister, sitting meekly at the union boss’s feet. Quote.

Mr Clark issued the threat in front of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Wellington mayor Justin Lester at an event at Trades Hall in Wellington last week.

Tranzit was given the major share of bus route contracts previously held by NZ Bus when they were put out to tender by the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC).

Tramways Union secretary Kevin O’Sullivan expected around 240 redundancies at NZ Bus, with drivers having to apply for new jobs at Tranzit and standing to lose up to $200 a week in pay.

Mayor Lester said he has “asked Greater Wellington Regional Council to give it their full attention with Tranzit and the bus drivers to get an equitable outcome”.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said “of course we all want to see a resolution, one that’s good for drivers and good for Wellingtonians who are commuting and using public transport.”

Council of Trade Unions (CTU) President Richard Wagstaff said the unions had advocated for an “orderly transfer” of jobs and conditions for drivers.

But he said there’s “no effort being made to look after these drivers in any way” and “a real chance of industrial action when the change-over happens”. End of quote.

There have been more strikes and industrial actions since Labour took over than in the entire nine years of a National government.

Worse still is that the unions feel so emboldened that they are prepared to issue threats in front of the prime minister.

Jacinda Ardern is fast becoming a laughing stock who exudes weakness and indecision.

Nothing encapsulates the view that Labour are beholden to unions more than a picture of the prime minister sitting meekly while a union boss issues threats from his soap box.


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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.

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