A Centrelink recipient who heads the National Unemployed Union has posted a threatening message in which he appears to suggest a controversial millionaire boss’ Porsche should be targeted by vandals.
Last week, Jez Heywood joined the wave of social media attacking Rich List boss Tim Gurner for calling workers arrogant and saying the unemployment rate needed to rise to 40 to 50 percent.
Heywood posted a photo of Mr Gurner taken from a Daily Mail Australia article about backlash over Mr Gurner’s comments, showing him next to a woman in front of an electric blue Porsche 911 Carrera worth of $320,000.
In a disturbing appeal to his more than 3,000 followers, Mr Heywood posted on X, formerly known as Twitter: “You have a rather distinctive blue Porsche there, Tim.
“There must not be many of them circulating in Melbourne. I wonder how much a set of tires costs for this?
Jez Heywood posted a photo of Mr Gurner from a Daily Mail Australia article showing him posing for a photo with an associate in front of a Porsche 911 Carrera worth $320,000.
Jobseeker Jez Heywood (pictured earlier this year) posted the tweet. However, there was a problem with the message: the Porsche did not belong to Mr. Gurner.
But if that fails, Porsche does not belong to Mr. Gurner – and the woman next to him is not Mr. Gurner’s wife, Amee Gurner.
The woman pictured is actually Gold Coast mother-of-three Rachael Reid, a former model and racing driver, who was pictured meeting Mr Gurner on business.
The Porsche belongs to him and the photo is featured on his Instagram account, Her Supercar Life, which has over 100,000 fans and has now spawned his own business.
A telltale sticker on the rear window of the Porsche in the photo is said to have alerted Mr Heywood – but even after being flagged down, he carried on regardless.
When it was suggested to him that the car might be a rental, he added: “Ah, damn. But there is always the insurance deductible.
But by then it was too late and his supporters were already planning ways to vandalize the Porsche.
One follower suggested it should be sprayed with brake fluid to strip the paint, while another said a bottle of coke would have the same effect on the pristine bodywork.
Others warned that it could be keyed or scratched, or that all of its tires could be removed using a lens under the valve cap.
One did some worrying research into the cost of a new Porsche tire and discovered it was $967 each, while another asked would-be vandals to only damage three tires, because “if it’s all four, the insurance will pay.”
Other followers have been identified in the extremist environmental activist group Tire Extinguishers which targets 4×4 SUVs by deflating their tires to protest carbon pollution.
One follower, however, warned Heywood that he had gone too far and advised him: “I would delete this post”, but his suggestion was ignored.
Tim Gurner is pictured with his wife Aimee, co-founder and director of The Beauty Chef, an organic skin health and beauty brand.
The woman pictured with Mr Gurner is in fact Gold Coast mother-of-three Rachael Reid, a former model and racing driver who owns the luxury vehicle.
The Porsche features on Ms Reid’s successful Instagram account, Her Supercar Life, who has just started her own business.
Heywood, 47, made headlines earlier this year when he was involved in an on-air row with 2GB’s Ben Fordham after admitting to being unemployed for more than a decade.
The radio host found a boss willing to hire the graphic designer, but Heywood rejected the job offer and launched a series of angry tweets from his grandmother’s apartment at his parents’ house in the south-east of Melbourne.
Daily Mail Australia then revealed how its Australian Unemployed Union raised more than $175,000 in cash donations last year – and refused to answer questions about what it planned to do with the money.
Instead, he told Daily Mail Australia to “completely fuck off”.
He no longer accepts messages from Daily Mail Australia. Daily Mail Australia has contacted Ms Reid for comment.
Mr. Gurner, a real estate developer, apologized Thursday evening for calling workers “arrogant” and saying the unemployment rate was expected to rise to 40 to 50 percent.
His non-profit registered charity has more than $178,000 stashed in its bank account, mostly from donations and many from unemployed workers.
THE UNEMPLOYED UNION… IT’S NOT REALLY A UNION!
The Australian Unemployed Workers’ Union was founded in 2014 but has never been a union.
The Australian Unemployed Union was founded in 2014 but is not a formal union.
It was registered as an incorporated association in 2015 and then as a non-profit charity in 2020.
Australian Council of Trade Unions secretary Sally McManus has already had to clarify that the organization is neither a registered union nor a branch of the ACTU.
Its website says it aims to “protect the rights and dignity of the unemployed and reduce poverty and disadvantage”.
It is funded almost entirely by dozens of donations of less than $1,000 from supporters, and was boosted by a single donation of $39,317 in 2020/21.
It has set up a toll-free “national helpline” that operates four hours a day, five days a week, fielding calls from desperate job seekers.
The AUWU says it aims to provide information resources to unemployed and welfare recipients, while fighting for their rights.
He also conducted surveys to find out what unemployed people thought about life on JobSeeker and campaigned for an increase in welfare payments.
The AUWU website states that it aims to “protect the rights and dignity of the unemployed and reduce poverty and disadvantage”.