Twyford attacks Brown over POAL

February 29th, 2012 at 4:30 pm by David Farrar

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was elected the people’s mayor on a wave of support across west and south Auckland. People opted decisively for his plan for public transport, and a modern inclusive vision for the city that embraced the young, the brown and working people.

Which makes it puzzling that he is choosing to stand by and watch while his port subsidiary tries to contract out 300 jobs. …

It is all the more puzzling given the Mayor’s commitment to reducing social inequality, reflected in the excellent Auckland Plan. It is hard to see how we are going to build a more prosperous and inclusive city by stripping the city’s employees of their work rights and job security. …

It is time for Len Brown and his Council to rethink their demand for a 12% return, and replace it with something reasonable and not excessive. He should tell the port company casualisation is not an acceptable approach to employment relations in a port owned by the people of Auckland.

This is the same Phil Twyford who spent years saying that Wellington should not dictate to Auckland, yet is now trying to bully Len Brown into putting the interests of the Labour Party (for the is part of the Labour Party) ahead of the interests of Auckland.

Len knows he would be toast if he kneecapped a Council subsidiary, just to please the Labour caucus in Wellington.

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16 Responses to “Twyford attacks Brown over POAL”

  1. George Patton (330 comments) says:

    Whaleoil noted this morning it will be very difficult for Len Brown to reverse council support for the Ports board – a number of the lefty councillors would be excluded from taking part due to their now having been fingered as too supportive of the striking unionists.

    http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2012/02/parsloe-begs-councillors-to-save-him/

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  2. lastmanstanding (1,154 comments) says:

    Twyford and Brown are both muppets. And 12% aint a great return for an asset as capital intensive as a port. Infrastructure asset like ports gobble up huge amount of capital as you need to replace equipment to have the latest technology so you get the best performance.

    Sorry we are talking POAL. Crane rates same as Karachi. Oh well both 3rd world cities so to be expected.

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  3. Bob R (1,253 comments) says:

    *** a modern inclusive vision for the city that embraced the young, the brown and working people.***

    I love the euphemism “working people”. Presumably he means “working class”?

    Also, why no mention of Asians? Don’t they make up a large portion of the Auckland population.

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  4. Whaleoil (766 comments) says:

    He isn’t the only one bullying Len Brown, so too is Chris Trotter:
    http://bowalleyroad.blogspot.com/2012/02/equal-and-opposite.html

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  5. peterwn (2,939 comments) says:

    I suspect Labour’s caucus are internally split over this. We have the spectacle of one old fashioned hard line unionist effectively dictating policy to the trade union movement and the Labour Party. This is called ‘solidarity’ or ‘good trade union principles’. The over-arching objective of the Labour Party is to win the next election, or at least co-win it with the Greens. Trouble for Labour is its major stakeholders do not seem to share this objectives, but seem to be going after objectives.

    There were three-year Labour governments in 1957-60 and 1972-75. I suspect the unions had much to do with why they had short terms. Union voice was lost for the two term 1980′s Rogernomics Labour Government. Helen Clark and Heather Simpson managed to hold things together for three terms 1999 to 2008. I suspect if Labour / Greens win 2014, it would be for three years.

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  6. Johnboy (13,424 comments) says:

    You have to love the quandary that the socialists are in trying to decide how they go about showing their solidarity with idle, lazy bastards who are barely surviving on their sinecure of a hundred grand a year versus their solidarity with the $13/hour folks who are stupid enough to vote for Labour!

    Decisions, decisions. :)

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  7. Daigotsu (446 comments) says:

    Fucking communist Len Berown needs to get out of the way of business. Who does he think he is interfering in the economy?

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  8. Nostalgia-NZ (4,697 comments) says:

    Because POAL have chosen to parade the happy and satisfied workers who have been ‘bullied’ by the unions, and not withstanding that POAL have hardly been reluctant to disclose the wages of the union workers – how about telling the public the package the non union workers are paid.

    We are forever getting one or other side of the story here. If the union, or POAL, want to continue to use the media they should put all the facts out there. There must be some reason why there appears to be a compliant non-union work force clamouring to get onto the wharves, if it’s not money what is it? Don’t tell me that they’re good little workers, who don’t want to paid too much, or who don’t get some kind of perks for reading from a prompter as they tell their ‘story’ to the world. Time for some all round honesty.

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  9. East Wellington Superhero (1,151 comments) says:

    Twyford refers to “the brown”. What a racist dickhead.

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  10. thor42 (779 comments) says:

    @Nostalgia-NZ – “There must be some reason why there appears to be a compliant non-union work force clamouring to get onto the wharves.”
    Uh….. because it’s ***bloody good money***.

    I want you to tell me with a straight face that $91K p.a. is not good money.
    Gawd – people should be shot for not taking jobs that pay HALF that amount!

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  11. DJP6-25 (1,236 comments) says:

    Of course there’s one thing a socialist hates worse than a conservative, or capitalist. That’s a socialist of the wrong kind.

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  12. Manolo (12,641 comments) says:

    A public spat between two lamentable (and forgettable) non-entities.

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  13. Nostalgia-NZ (4,697 comments) says:

    thor42
    10.18

    We can only decide that when we know what the rates and conditions are that the POAL is wanting to keep secret. Gibson leaks out stuff which suits him, he used the ‘human shield’ to split the situation into ‘good and bad’ workers. Well let’s hear the rates for the others. If Gibson’s tactics are not underhand, if he’s not bribing the non union labour force then tell the public, he selects what he wants the public to know. People don’t work for less when they could be receiving more, workers don’t say ‘oh that’s too much.’ They take what they can get. I’d like to know the truth behind why the work force has split. In the meantime in his short tenure he’s led the port into its worst dispute in 60 years.

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  14. unaha-closp (1,033 comments) says:

    Len Brown was elected the people’s mayor on a wave of support across west and south Auckland.

    To be fair to Len Brown it is unlikely many of the POAL employees live in South or West Auckland.

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  15. Nostalgia-NZ (4,697 comments) says:

    unaha-closp
    9.04

    On that money a few of them might be populating remmers.

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  16. KevinH (1,129 comments) says:

    Labour walked away from organised Labour back in the 80′s during the Rogernomics reforms and distanced itself further under the feminist ideaology of Helen Clark as mentioned by Peterwn in his 29/02 posting.
    Neither Len Brown or David Shearer can bridge that divide so don’t expect either of these gents to fully committ to a Unite Union scrap.

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