Union officials are challenging Auckland Mayor Len Brown to intervene on behalf of 292 port workers who have been sacked.
But Mr Brown is refusing to take a side in the industrial dispute between the company and union members – saying he is working only for the “people of Auckland”.
Mayor Brown’s council instructed the ports to grow profits. Now, we’ve heard a lot about how the greedy wharfies have cushy job contracts that compromised the efficiency and profits of the port, but despite these lavish wages and inefficient workers the port still somehow managed to make a profit of $27 million dollars last year.
I’m no business analyst, but I’m guessing that months of stop-work meetings, losing hundreds of millions of dollars in customers, sacking the entire work-force, paying millions more in redundancy and being placed on a global black-list is also going to compromise the efficiency and profits of the port, and its ability to return a dividend to the people of Auckland, who Brown represents. You don’t have to be pro-union to see that the management’s decision to smash the union’s hold on POAL has been a financial disaster for the company they’re being paid to run.