We could catch the Aussies on the hop by giving them our stroppy wharfies

January 17, 2012

An influx of Kiwi wharfies should slow 'em down.

Alf hadn’t taken too much notice of the brouhaha at Ports of Auckland, where the Maritime Union is bridling against the bosses’ highly commendable aim of having more work done on a contract basis.

But the merits of what the bosses are trying to do were clearly illustrated in a media statement from the union which landed in Alf’s e-mail in-tray yesterday.

It was headed Port workers will leave New Zealand if jobs outsourced.

As a true-blue Nat whose attitudes to unions have been honed in a rural community, this strikes Alf as an eminently attractive proposition.

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Telecom hangs up on 250 Kiwis

February 7, 2009

It’s not only the Government – the Labour one we dumped, not the splendid government we have now – that gets into social engineering. Or cultural engineering, if you prefer.

Today we learn Telecom’s call-centre workers in the Philippines “will be trained to talk like New Zealanders, learning slang words and mastering the Kiwi accent as part of a move to outsource 250 jobs.”

Outsourcing 250 jobs to the Philippines, of course, is a mealy-mouthed way of saying Read the rest of this entry »


Finsec can bank on Alf

December 18, 2008

We don’t normally take kindly to trade union whining, in the Northern Wairarapa. But if the bank workers’ union, Finsec, reckons I can flex a bit of political muscle for them down at the Department of Labour (which I can), it should come and have a natter with me. Read the rest of this entry »