Once upon a time, decades ago now, ports were run by a person called the Harbourmaster. He used to be a highly qualified and experienced Master Mariner, who had extensive knowledge of shipping and decades of experience, at sea and within the port. All this competence and experience came at a wage, at most, five times the average wage.
Then, along came the cult of management, and the Neo-liberals. The idea that a jumped up accountant could run anything.
They can, into the ground.
“The corporations with the largest income gap between Directors/Managers and employees have proven to be the least functional.” Corporate income gaps.
The star managers paid in millions have proven to be much less effective than, lesser paid, experienced promotions from within the organisation. Twenty year research into Management effectiveness study
“companies that exclusively promote CEOs from within outperform companies that recruit CEOs from outside the company.” Best to Promote from within.
We have a board and managers, on 20 to 50 times the average wage, who have lost the port’s public owners 21 million dollars and counting, lost more customers in a few months than have been lost to Tauranga in years, cost the ports customers millions, and demoralised and lost the co-operation of their trained labour force, all to make savings that have been shown to be available anyway by talking to the Union.
(There was a 25 to 30% increase in the box rate last year in the brief period when the Wharfies thought management were not going to continue the adversarial politicking of the past).
An honourable management and board would all be tendering their resignations after a debacle like this.
The amount of spin and outright lies about the workforce from POAL management shows they are incapable of working co-operatively with their labour force.
For example labour utilisation rates, costs of labour and pay rates are not out of line with similar jobs.
Still looking for the wharfie who gets 91k a year. (A foremen doing double shifts all year maybe).
The relationship is broken. It is much easier and less costly to replace the managers with ones capable of working with people than retrain a whole ports labour.
It has become apparent that the whole exercise was an ideological attempt to break one of the last vestiges of Union power, most likely with the covert backing of the NACT Government. The huge costs for the ports public owners and customers does not matter to an ideologically driven board put in place for that purpose by ACT hacks.