Not the workers’ friend

Kim Dotcom has taken court action to gag a former body guard.

. . . Dotcom made a successful application for an interim injunction against Wayne Tempero in the High Court at Auckland yesterday. The action came soon after the Herald reported that Tempero was set to release “secret revelations” about Dotcom’s “mindset and megalomania”. . .

That hasn’t stopped other staff talking to Whaleoil who has a story of slave wages, bullying, intimidation and the sheer effrontery of a man spending literally millions on himself but short-changing his most loyal staff.

Labour, the Green and Mana parties like to think they’re the workers’ friends.

They and New Zealand First have all been courting, or courted by, Dotcom in the hope he can help them defeat National.

The enemy of their enemy could be their friend but do they want to be friends with someone who appears to be anything but the workers’ friend?

And will the media which have given Dotcom a pretty easy ride, start asking some harder questions now?

P.S. Former Labour president Mike Williams, just said on RadioNZ National’s panel that he’s on Dotcom’s side with the gagging order.

10 Responses to Not the workers’ friend

  1. petermsalmon says:

    Did Mike W say why?


  2. homepaddock says:

    Yes, but I don’t recall exactly why. Something to do with nature of relationship between bodyguard and employer.


  3. jabba says:

    Those politicians who are friends Herr Dotcom must be worried .. maybe Dave K can advise what the Greens position regards the guy is now.


  4. TraceyS says:

    @Homepaddock – no doubt owing to the employee’s duty of good faith, a legal requirement.


  5. TraceyS says:

    @jabba – Dave K will indeed be qualified to comment on this one being a union man. Of course employees owe such a duty even to a former employer. Don’t they Dave? Even a ‘poor’ employer.


  6. Andrei says:

    This is all part of the Kim Dotcom pile on – if these people think that Kim DotCom was a poor employer acting outside the legal framework they have legal redress.

    Why is the National Party having orgasms over this shit – what are they trying to distract us from.

    Is it the abysmal quality of their candidates thet they seek to inflict upon us as Members of Parliament?

    To be sure they have announced some that look promising but the latest lot certainly are giving the impression that they are starting to dredge the bottom of the barrel


  7. MvL says:

    “Dave K will indeed be qualified to comment on this one”
    His career experience of employment responsibility will consist entirely of appointing blackboard monitors.


  8. TraceyS says:

    “… if these people think that Kim DotCom was a poor employer acting outside the legal framework they have legal redress” of course, Andrei, but would you take him on? I mean the imbalance of power in the employment relationship (both before and after) would be extreme. Wherever such situations occur you’d expect to see a union offering to leap in and even things up.

    This is not a beat-up on DotCom but on the parties which seek to use him. Yet it has nothing on the thrashing that is due I suspect.

    Dave has not commented on this one. Hmmmmm. Maybe he and Robert are busy deciding where to hang the DotCom family portrait – beautifully framed with painstakingly whittled willow by Robert’s own skilled and careful hand?

    I hope they get it straight.


  9. TraceyS says:

    @MvL – Dave is qualified to talk on every issue.

    Metaphorically speaking, you don’t need to wear gumboots all day every day to be a man of the land, for example. Just to own a pair and wear them now and again is more than enough to qualify.


  10. Gravedodger says:

    Whenever I hear the gag from Groucho Marx “I have principles and if you dont like them I have others”, Mike Williams with his rather sad countenance springs to mind.

    Not sure why the media rush off to him and Boag for comment, politically they were both definitely second tier in truth.


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