Radio Live’s Jackson on incitement notice
Bolshie broadcaster Willie Jackson is on notice of legal action if he continues to incite violence among strikers at Ports of Auckland (PoAL).
No legal action will be taken against him or his Radio Live employer – for now.
But that is very likely to change if Mr Jackson repeats his calls for picket-line aggression, occupation and violence.
The former trade unionist and Alliance MP apologised quickly after using his Radio Live talkback show to incite strikers militant action backfired this week.
NBR Online readers overwhelmingly condemned Mr Jackson’s call for strikers to whack the cars of people driving through pickets, “bust their placards over scabs” and get aggressive.
In a long tirade against PoAl and its chairman Richard Pearson, Mr Jackson said in his day people who crossed a picket got “a punch in the head.”
He said if the strikers wanted to win something “you’ve got to get a bit physical…”
In the face of condemnation Mr Jackson later accused PoAl and NBR of conspiring to get him off air.
NBR Online understands lawyers were consulted over Mr Jackson’s inflammatory comments and Mr Pearson says he will review what action to take if Mr Jackson repeats the incitement.