Emboldened by Labour’s new found support for the wharfies the Maritime Union, who aren’t blessed with brains have declared yet another strike.
The Ports of Auckland has just been served with notice of a 9th strike, effective immediately after the finish of the 8th strike. The period is 7 days.
This will give an effective strike period of 14 days. The Port of Tauranga will have a smile a mile wide.
Given that the current strike action is being ignored by the Port and it is operating with little disruption it seems the Maritime Union has failed to grasp the situation they are now in.
The tactic is obviously to draw the government into the issue, given that the lead on actions is now being taken by the Labour Party directly, guided by the CTU.
How they think this will assist the families of the striking workers escapes me.
The latest focus of the Union has been to involve wives and families, and I can only assume that on an average income of $91,000 they can afford two weeks on strike, making that case somewhat irrelevant.