Radio Live host Willie Jackson has called for striking wharfies to mount violent "militant action" in their ongoing battle with Ports of Auckland bosses.
Mr Jackson, a former trade union organiser and Alliance Party MP, supported the striking port workers' calls for eight hour shifts and job security on his Radio Live afternoon slot today.
He called Ports of Auckland bosses "greedy, filthy, right wing fundamentalists" who were led by a "gutless wonder" mayor.
Intimidation or violence was needed to stop non-union workers being called in to do the striking workers' jobs, he said.
"If you really want something you've got to act... You don't go stop and then the scabs come in and they take your jobs. Go and bust your picket or your placard on theirs cars. I support that action."
This is absolutely dumb stuff from Willie Jackson. He'll get away with it, of course, because he's not Paul Henry, sacked by TVNZ for parodying an Indian politican with an unfortunate name or Michael Laws, who was suspended for a number of weeks by RadioLive for suggesting violence against journalists.
We'll be interested to see whether this incitement to violence earns any official rebukes for Jackson. We won't however hold our breath.