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I have been told, fairly reliably, that today is a watershed day for industrial relations in New Zealand.
It is 61 years since a ship berthed at Fergusson Wharf has been unloaded by 100% non-union labour.
Garry Parsloe skited from his hotel room in Sydney that not a single ship would berth at Ports of Auckland while the strike was on and this morning¬†Maersk Aberdeen sailed in as dawn broke and is now currently alongside and working at the terminal. ¬†Worse for Garry Parsloe is the last port of call for Maersk Aberdeen was Melbourne.
While the Union members wait outside in the cold, and after threats have been made to shipping companies, as well as to non-union labour, things are happening inside the Port. The Port is operating.
For the first time in 61 years the Ports of Auckland are being successfully operated with non-union labour.¬†This is a great demonstration from the world‚Äôs largest container ship operator that they are determined to achieve greater productivity at Ports of Auckland.
That they have berthed a vessel in¬†Auckland¬†during the MUNZ action shows their determination to support Ports of Auckland during the strike. I hope all the other shipping lines are as supportive.