The Maritime Union has professed innocence at bullying ship owners yet today they are full of bravado in wondering how exactly 6 ships are sailing elsewhere:
Although shipping giant Maersk hopes to berth a vessel in Auckland, and have it worked by non-striking port staff, the Maritime Union says it will believe that when it happens.
Sounds very much like a threat to me:
Mr Gibson said Ports of Auckland was urgently considering whether it could sue the union for damages.
He said it had been told by the shipping company Pacific International Lines of being threatened by a Maritime Union official from a conference in Australia with a “black ban”, a claim denied by union president Garry Parsloe.
“I am the spokesman for the Maritime Union of New Zealand and I never said it and never instructed anybody to say it,” he said.
“International unions talk to international shipping companies every day – they are entitled to do that – nobody can stop them and if that results in ships not coming to Auckland, I can’t do anything about that.”
Really? Of course it wasn’t you Garry, just it wasn’t you who put racist notes under the doors of staff members, or it wasn’t you who urinated on barbecues, or it wasn’t you who ran a sexist shop with just two females workers out of a work force of over 300. OIt never is you is it Garry Parsloe…it is never the union is it?.
So how exactly did those shipping companies get it into their heads that their ship would be blacklisted. Of course you threatened them.
All Garry Parsloe is succeeding in doing while he ruins a strike from his hotel in Sydney is ensuring that the locker room chatter before the strike began will come true and all his union members will be out of jobs. I wonder how that reconciles with his stated aim of protecting members?