There's a whole lot of faux outrage from the CTU this morning; Stuff reports:
Wharfies returning to work at the Ports of Auckland are being treated like thugs, being watched by security guards in their tearoom and by cameras on their equipment, their union claims.The Council of Trade Unions is outraged over the moves, which president Helen Kelly says are designed to intimidate workers and feed "into the port's narrative that these workers are thugs".Unionised workers returned to the port last week after it had been operated by a non-union crew for six weeks after a bitter break dispute between the Maritime Union and the company, which wants to casualise its workforce.CTU president Helen Kelly said wharfies had found security cameras in all the straddle drivers and cranes.''It's simply intended, in our view, to intimidate port workers. None of us want to work all the time in front of a security camera.''Security guards in the workers' tearoom was ''feeding into the port's narrative that these workers are thugs''.''It hasn't worked, the people of Auckland have got to know these wharfies and are backing them.''The port has also banned the wearing of union paraphenalia. Workers in the past had ''proudly'' worn union badges and t-shirts to work, Kelly said.''It's a message clearly that the port is anti-union.''The latest moves by the port had left wharfies feeling ''incredibly bullied''.''They are staunch union people, they are proud of the stance they took and they won't be bullied and intimidated.
These of course are the same union members who have insulted and threatened non-union members suring the course of the union's strike action at the port. These are the same union members who currently have cases before the Employment Court regarding acts of racism and intimidation. These are the same union members who tried to illegally block entry to the Auckland wharves, intimidating those who tried to legally access the area.
The situation at the Ports of Auckland is potentially very volatile. Ports of Auckland Limited is ultimately responsible for the safety of its workforce. It must take whatever measures it deems necessary to ensure that EVERY employee has a safe workplace.
The CTU regards the measures as extreme. But Helen Kelly and her MUNZ brethren need to get their heads around the fact that it not an all-union workplace, and that those PoAL employees who have chosen not to join MUNZ for whatever reason have rights as well, as does the employer.