Labour’s spirit of Christmas

December 24th, 2012 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

The ODT reports:

At least one redundant Hillside worker has been denied a Christmas hamper of community-donated goods, organised by Party Dunedin South MP Clare Curran.

Hillside plant and process improvement leader David Fenwick said he was told by Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) Hillside branch delegates he would not receive a community hamper because he was a National supporter and a ”scabber”.

Lovely people aren’t they.

Mr Fenwick was part of the 20-strong ”sunset crew” tasked with closing down all but Hillside’s heavy lift and foundry, and would be made redundant in late February or early March. He said he was asked, with other workers, to gather in the Hillside car park for hampers to be given out but did not receive one.

”I asked if there was a hamper for me and was told no, because I was a National supporter and a scabber. The union people simply don’t want me to have a hamper because I voted National and always have.

”They seem to regard me as a scab, but there’s no truth in that. I’ve never crossed any picket line to go to work. It’s quite malicious. Being a National supporter is my right.”

Not on Planet Labour.

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39 Responses to “Labour’s spirit of Christmas”

  1. George Patton (351 comments) says:

    More reasons why Labour will end up in opposition for three more years. They’re unpleasant to people. When they work out they are in the business of being nice to as many people as possible, they might win office again.

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  2. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    “Democracy” as understood by Labour, the vile socialist party.

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  3. bringbackdemocracy (418 comments) says:

    They behave the same when in government.
    Handouts for their friends.

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  4. Belinda (128 comments) says:

    Shame on you Labour, how mean spirited.

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  5. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    Gosh anyone would think they just hiked the petrol tax or something.

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  6. Sponge (157 comments) says:

    Curran et al are quite simply repellant human beings.

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  7. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    Bastards.
    Knuckle-dragging socialist bastards.

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  8. Pita (373 comments) says:

    In our democracy (Labour’s); it’s either “our way” or “our way” there is no alternative way.

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  9. Pete George (23,413 comments) says:

    Curran on Facebook:

    “I hope that the hamper I gave to each worker yesterday will do a little to brighten their Christmas at this tough and uncertain time.”

    “My office will be distributing the hampers next week.”

    ODT:

    Although she organised the hamper appeal, she ”trusted” union delegates to compose a list of recipients and distribute hampers accordingly.

    Ms Curran said she did not know Mr Fenwick had not received a hamper.

    She ”understood” some workers would not get hampers but said she did not ask why, and did not know whether hampers were only given to union members.

    She said she would not be taking any action.

    In other words Curran claims crdit for the hampers, puts responsibility for choosing recipents on the union even though she was aware some would be left out, and effectively approves of what happened by taking no action.

    http://yournz.org/2012/12/24/hillside-hampering/

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  10. Komata (1,153 comments) says:

    Don’t hold your breath folks and expect that the MSM will take this up, yet if it had been a ‘Nat MP who had done this . . .

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  11. backster (2,135 comments) says:

    Isn’t this kind of discrimination what the Civil Rights nonsense was supposed to prevent. Shouldn’t the Human Rights Commission Bludgers be up in arms with their indignant pontifications. Shouldn’t a member of Parliament act on behalf of all her constituents…I guess the answer is not at Christmas.

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  12. Nookin (3,234 comments) says:

    “Gosh anyone would think they just hiked the petrol tax or something.”

    Wrong analogy. It might be different if the prices had been raised in labour electorates only. This was a petty spiteful act if, in fact, the motivation for it is as asserted. My concern is that it is in keeping with Curran’s modus operandi.

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  13. hmmokrightitis (1,579 comments) says:

    And we are surprised because? Read this first thing this morning, and TBH, I laughed. Curran is a craven bully, and this is just another example of that behaviour. The face of socialism writ quite big really. Quite why anyone would vote for them, let alone think that her behaviour in this matter is anything other than just sheer tribal nastiness is beyond me.

    Fester in your own fetid little mind Curran. Going to send the mad butcher a christmas card, or you have some kittens to drown this afternoon?

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  14. Left Right and Centre (2,910 comments) says:

    What’s the BS and depressing event count in this article?

    1) non-union National voter told no hamper because of that. And called a ‘scabber’

    2) Why called a scabber? Because he’s non-union?

    3) What a set-up… they asked him to gather, only to not give him one. Myself, I’d be climbing into them but David Fenwick has probably got more class and dignity than I could be bothered displaying.

    4) Union delegates were in charge of hampers. So… not Labour?

    5) Ms Curran is claiming to not know exactly what was going on and every detail.

    6) *Mr Ingram said he was disappointed Mr Fenwick had contacted the Otago Daily Times instead of raising the matter with him.*

    Fucking hell… they royally snub the man, and then expect him to lay down and die. I don’t think so.

    7) *He did not see the list of recipients but said ”many” people who were not in the union got hampers and it was ”probably an oversight”.* Yeah… and that’s *probably* bullshit that it was an oversight. It was deliberate. They told Fenwick expressly why he was not getting a hamper.

    8) *”It’s been a very stressful month and possibly some mistakes have been made which is regrettable,” he said.*

    Aha.. they were so stressed that they turned nasty as nasty can be.

    9) *National list MP Michael Woodhouse said he was told about the incident by a ”mutual friend” late on Friday and organised for some goods to be donated to Mr Fenwick. Mr Woodhouse said he hoped the absence of the hamper was an ”oversight” and not intentional or politically motivated.

    Woodhouse in his private thoughts must surely know it was no oversight.

    10) Mr Woodhouse continues: *”My concern is that what was a very generous gesture, facilitated by the union on the part of businesses in Dunedin, risks being tainted because of the failure for everybody to get one.”*

    A nice idea partially ruined by the childish treatment of David Fenwick. On the face of it, it looks like nasty union delegates, not Labour itself is the cause. I wouldn’t blame Labour based on that story. If you want to think that Labour asked that only Labour voters and union members receive hampers… up to you. That could’ve happened. Speculation though. Are you 100% certain?

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  15. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    Nookin I was really observing the pot-kettle-black issue about ‘the spirit of Christmas’.

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  16. Keeping Stock (10,230 comments) says:

    An absolute disgrace.

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  17. Keeping Stock (10,230 comments) says:

    And Clare Curran needs to understand that as the elected MP for the Dunedin South electorate, she represents EVERY constituent in her electorate, not just those who share her myopic view of a socialist nirvana. She is quite happy to pose for the ODT photographer packing hampers, so when it all turns to custard, she cannot simply walk away and say that she had nothing to do with it. Once she hitched her hat publicly to this cause, she has to take the rough with the smooth.

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  18. Liberal Minded Kiwi (1,570 comments) says:

    I have pretty good knowledge of the unionists down in Dunedin, these guys live in a bubble. They pride themselves in how militant they are. They are associated with some of the nastiest, hardcore far leftists I have ever had the misfortune to meet. Most still hang onto the ideal that a workers revolution will save them all – nationalise all means of production and create a socialist paradise. Curran is well aware of their motives and although she is in Labour, they are very much happy to do her bidding.

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  19. Left Right and Centre (2,910 comments) says:

    Just reading that article again after seeing it in the general debate thread….

    Ms. Curran: *She ”understood” some workers would not get hampers but said she did not ask why, and did not know whether hampers were only given to union members.*

    Did not ask why? That sounds dodgy as all hell. Ok… that’s tenuous enough for me. Labour… not a good look. **Think** a bit more about what you do instead of looking either at best clueless or at worst like nasty pricks.

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  20. nzbsgfan (3 comments) says:

    Is there any truth to the rumour that the items for the hampers were donated by the public?

    I only ask because if the items were donated, it would be a simply wrong for someone else to gift them on a political basis.

    Regardless, this move was short sighted and mean spirited – at a time we are asked to be mindful of each other…

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  21. dime (9,775 comments) says:

    the voters in dunedin south must have gone full retard to vote for this thing.

    never go full retard.

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  22. Pete George (23,413 comments) says:

    KS – Clare organised the hamper appeal from her electorate office.

    My office will be distributing the hampers next week. If you or your business can donate to this cause, contact my office…

    Apart from stepping back from responsibility she is still supporting what the union did:

    @clarecurranmp

    Am sure there are mixed political views amongst the Hillside workers. I trust the decisions made by the delegates.

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  23. gump (1,598 comments) says:

    So childish.

    This is why Labour is the nasty party.

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  24. Pete George (23,413 comments) says:

    Is there any truth to the rumour that the items for the hampers were donated by the public?
    Curran on Facebook:

    Today The Warehouse Dunedin donated 50 boys and 46 girls presents for the children of Hillside workers, and multiple packets of Candy Canes for the Hillside Hampers. I am heartened to see the outpouring of support from local businesses for the workers being made redundant.

    Interesting that The Warehouse supported her campaign despite her ripping in to them a few months ago.

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  25. Grendel (987 comments) says:

    easy pete. because the local warehouse manager, unlike Curran can see past the politics and see the event for what it was, an opportunity to support local workers who are losing their job. Now of course curran sees everything as politics and an opportunity to control the message and other PR wankspeak, but the left appears to always be ‘on’.

    i am sure the warehouse would have donated no matter who organised it, hell i would be pretty unimpressed with a business who said no just becuase its being organised by labour (although if its Curran in future i would be requiring an undertaking that the proceeds were being distributed to all, regardless of politics).

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  26. wreck1080 (3,842 comments) says:

    If true, this is an atrocious and very mean spirited attitude.

    An unemployed national voter is just as much need as an unemployed labour voter.

    And, if true, Clare Curran is not a nice person.

    National should publicize such tactics from labour (and others)– not leave it up to dpf.

    LABOUR really are the nasty party.

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  27. Pete George (23,413 comments) says:

    Grendel – I’m not dissing The Warehouse, good on them for rising above politics. Curran whinged publicly at them because they wouldn’t let her tout for signatures for her political asset petition on their premises. In July:

    “Really disappointed withThe Warehouse in South Dunedin today. A rude and aggressive manager who refused to allow signature collection for the Keep our Assets petition. Perhaps he should pay attention to the vast majority of Kiwis who use his store”

    The Warehouse (like many businesses) deliberately stay neutral in political issues. I doubt they will be happy to see what has happened with the hampers.

    The Warehouse are very aware of the need not to bring politics into some things. In stark contrast to Curran.

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  28. gazzmaniac (2,319 comments) says:

    National should publicize such tactics from labour (and others)– not leave it up to dpf.

    I’m pretty sure that Cameron Slater had it on his blog a few days ago.

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  29. gazzmaniac (2,319 comments) says:

    Oh yeah, and it says right at the top of the page that the ODT reported it.

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  30. Pollyannarh (2 comments) says:

    No hamper for Clare Curran – not taking responsibility for Hillside Hampergate is bad. This should not be a political issue and saying she “understood” some workers would not get hampers but she did not ask why does not get her off the hook. Bad form Clare!

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  31. sparky (235 comments) says:

    It just proves a point, as to the type of person Clare Curran and her Labour Party are. To humiliate the man they way they did is just disgusting. Who a person votes for is there right.

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  32. lastmanstanding (1,261 comments) says:

    Currans like all the other Socialist and Green Mps. Only represent the LEFTARDS in the electorate, If you aint a Leftie then you are the enemy as far as they are concerned.

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  33. Steve (North Shore) (4,537 comments) says:

    Looks like Clare is getting hammered, and not before time.
    Nasty vile control freak

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  34. Pete George (23,413 comments) says:

    There were three news items in the ODT leading up to the distribution of the hampers. All three featured Clare Curran as organiser and only the third menitioned any union involvement – the Rail and Maritime Transport Union Hillside branch chairman was photographed helping Curran organise the hampers.

    And all three emphasised the support of the local community in donating, including a number of businesses (evil employers in another situation).

    None mentioned that some workers would be more equal than others. Hamper history

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  35. DJP6-25 (1,332 comments) says:

    Socialisim in action.

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  36. kowtow (8,087 comments) says:

    South D is a poor constituency and given it’s demographics will probably always vote Labour.Party vote National has been increasing which is interesting.

    Hillside to Dunedin is quite “iconic” and in many ways represents the sad loss of our once proud manufacturing/engineering base.As such many Dunedinites feel strongly about it,and not necessarily from a political ideological standpoint,just another chapter in the slow but sure demise of this southern city.

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  37. RF (1,363 comments) says:

    Shame on Curran the Christmas Grinch.

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  38. SHG (375 comments) says:

    Clare Curran, the gift that keeps on giving.

    Memo to the National Party: whatever it takes to keep her in Parliament, DO IT.

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  39. UpandComer (527 comments) says:

    Disgusting. Clare Curran needs to fuck off. I was in Dunedin for years. I talked to people who knew Hillside. It was terribly run. Those muppets threw out rubber to the degree of 6 figures not that long ago because they over-ordered. They didn’t know how to run a business.

    These Labour people get out of bed in the morning and the first thing the losers think about is politics.

    Labour and the unions are nasty, small-minded, petty and pathetic trolls.

    Who would actually be such an epic wanker of a stain as to not give a company xmas hamper to a worker who has been cut because he has the temerity to vote national? I guess that would be Clare Curran.

    I hope this goes public. This is exactly the kind of pathetic shit that turns people off. It is the Labour attitude to life writ large. When they get back in the cronyism is going to be epic, they are going to re-politicise the public service, and I expect will purge all the ‘national voters’ from anything they can.

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