Written By: - Date published: 9:05 am, April 13th, 2012 - 40 comments
Categories: capitalism, class war, national, workers' rights - Tags: cameron slater, maritime union, meatworkers union, National's civil war, ports of auckland, simon lusk, talleys, useful idiots
It was a bad day yesterday for the ‘heavy hitters’ of the Collins faction, Slater and Lusk. First, Ports of Auckland admitted supplying them with a workers’ private details. Then, the smear on the Meatworkers that they had orchestrated with Talley’s was shot down by the SFO in record time. Finally, Michelle Boag gave them a public serve on RNZ, fueling civil war talk.
The out of control Ports of Auckland management has undoubtedly committed a breach of the Privacy Act in releasing information that they hold in trust on a employee to Slater/Lusk’s scumblog as part of their anti-wharfie, anti-union crusade. The idiots running PoAL into the ground admitted without admitting that they gave the worker’s details to Slater/Lusk as a ‘direct response’ to the worker’s criticism of the bosses’ negotiating tactics. Yeah, because that’s how you provide a ‘direct response’ – by illegally leaking unrelated information to a scumblog. If this was Tony Gibson or Richard Pearson’s personal information being splattered all over the place by an illegal leak with the intention of humiliating, defaming, and cowering them, then PoAL would be looking at a million dollar payout. Why would it be any different for this worker? Slater/Lusk’s brilliant idea of smearing a worker who dared to speak up blew up immediately on the Port, actually, it was the turning point in the media war, and it’s still costing them.
In much the same vein, the genius idea of smearing the Meatworkers Union by calling for a Serious Fraud Office investigation based on elementary mis-interpretations of the Union’s annual reports, blew up on Talley’s and Slater/Lusk in less than a day. The SFO threw out the complaint and told Talley’s not to waste their time with this shit, which was a blatant attempt to influence the collective talks. This, too, is a turning point in the media narrative. Talley’s will find they can’t get any of their lines run and a whole lot more attention focused on their anti-worker, anti-union practices. And all because they ran a Slater/Lusk smear.
On RNZ, Boag trotted out the ‘nothing to see here’ line on the factional fighting before launching into Slater, who she says still can’t handle that she beat his dad in the 2002 National Party President election race and is pissed that she helped Pullar with her insurance dispute but wouldn’t help Slater with his. Is Boag telling the truth? Who gives a shit. The thing to remember in this whole Pullar-Slater-Boag-Smith-Collins-Joyce-Lusk-etc affair is they’re all Tory scum. But Boag’s outburst just confirms that the fight is ongoing. The order has been given to keep it out of the public eye, but they just can’t help themselves.