Maritime Union

That is one way to sort out stroppy unions


The Ports of Auckland won’t be having anymore problems with their scumbag union staff.

They are proposing to automate container handling.

Tony Gibson, CEO of Ports of Auckland, today announced the start of consultation with staff on a proposal to automate part of the container terminal.

Mr Gibson said: “Auckland freight growth is relentless. To handle it we’ve pushed our performance to world class levels but we’re reaching the limit of what we can do with our current technology. We need more room.  We can’t go out so we need to go up, and for that automation looks the best bet.”   Read more »

Maritime Union doesn’t want new jobs? It’s not the first time

The tired old dinosaurs at the Maritime Union are flexing their withered muscles again.

They really don’t want more jobs, just to protect the dwindling ones they’ve got.

A global campaign against oil operator Chevron has come to New Zealand, with maritime unions saying the company has a bad record of dealing with local communities around the world.

Newly elected Maritime Union of Australia Deputy National Secretary Will Tracey, lead negotiator for the offshore oil and gas industry in Western Australia, met with a group of parliamentarians in Wellington this afternoon to raise awareness of problems that local communities have experienced with Chevron.

Chevron are a new entrant into the New Zealand oil and gas industry. The company was recently awarded three offshore exploration permits in the Pegasus Basin, in partnership with StatOil. Chevron is the operator.

Mr Tracey says that unions understand Chevron has begun consultation with their local stakeholders.    Read more »


Will the Wharfies Fund Phil Goff’s Mayoral Campaign?


Phil Goff, nice and cosy with the Maritime Union

The Maritime Union of New Zealand, MUNZ has been in dispute with the Ports of Auckland because the Ports of Auckland want them to do more than 26 hours actual work a week, and not get paid way more than teachers, policemen and firemen based on three weeks training.

These ratbags start on $92,000 and some make as much as $127,000 but they are still annoyed at the Ports for not paying them more and working them less.

By coincidence everyone knows Phil Goff is dead set useless at fundraising, and can’t run for mayor without a big war chest.   Read more »

After two years the union caves and declares victory at Ports of Auckland

More than two years have elapsed since the Maritime Union led by old crusty dinosaur Garry Parsloe brought the Ports of Auckland to a standstill.

Their demands were to work less for more money, despite eye-wateringly generous payments for the little work they did already.

It was die in the ditch stuff for them, and they held strong right up until they caved and agreed to the terms released by the arbitrator two years ago.

As expected, Maritime Union members have ratified a collective employment agreement with Ports of Auckland.

A stop-work meeting of members unanimously voted in favour of the new collective employment agreement first thing this morning.

Maritime Union National President Garry Parsloe says the new agreement is a positive step for workers at the Ports of Auckland that should ensure the continued success of the port.

Ports of Auckland chief executive Tony Gibson concurs.

“We are obviously pleased and look forward to working with the Maritime Union to deliver even more for the people of Auckland,” he says.

The agreement between the port company and the union will be signed off today.

Parsloe has declared victory…but it was a victory his members could have had two years ago.   Read more »

More anti-semitism from Martyn Bradbury’s union funded blog

Readers will recall a nasty anti-semitic image that Martyn Bradbury posted on his blog, which he first abused those criticising him, and then sought to minimise when he felt the pressure of the NZ political left.

Yet it’s not the first time Bradbury’s blog has gone jew-baiting. This post is also within the last month.

Martyn Bradbury's Union funded blog Jew baiting shamelessly

Martyn Bradbury’s Union funded blog Jew baiting shamelessly

Maritime Union spends over a $1million fighting Ports and still breaking law

The Maritime Union has spent over $1million fighting the Ports of Auckland but int he process continues to break the law over the filing of accounts.

David Williams at NBR writes:

The Ports of Auckland industrial dispute has cost the Maritime Union more than $1 million.

Asked if the dispute had hit $1 million, the union’s national president, Garry Parsloe, told NBR ONLINE: “Yes, it’s over that.”

But, the union would do it all again, he says, adding: “It’s something we had to do.” …

The union is an incorporated society, with obligations to file annual accounts. However, the public hasn’t been able to see the union’s legal costs for the past two financial years because it is yet to file its accountsRead more »

Is MUNZ washed up in Auckland?


I’m told that yesterday the Maritime Union ended their petulant and vindictive attack on PortPro (the second wharfies unions) via the Employment Court.

MUNZ was trying to oppose the legitimacy of workers dis-satisfied with MUNZ from setting up their own union.

In an ignominious withdrawal from proceedings MUNZ have pulled the plug on the latest court case against PortPro and offered to pay $750 in court costs. After some negotiation it was agreed that they pay $1250. This is not even a tenth of the actual costs their petty and vindictive action has actually cost PortPro.  Read more »

Union ratbags still breaking the law

Maritime Union of New Zealand

The law requires that registered unions file annual accounts with the Registrar of Societies. Yet again the Maritime Union is failing in its obligations.

It is getting way past time that something was done about these ratbag unions who fail to follow simple registration and filing requirements. Repeated offences should lead to de-registration.

The Maritime Union still hasn’t file their 2012 accounts.

Furthermore their March 2013 accounts should be at least filed by now as well.  Read more »


Unions besides themselves over Simon Bridges

Today starts the long convoluted select committee process over Simon Bridges’ Employment Relations Amendment Bill. The unions hate it with a passion and believe that the sky’s about to fall in and it’s some cunning plot to have the rich elite take over the world – all thanks to the Nats.

Chairing the Committee is Hamilton East MP David Bennett. This is his big chance to show he’s not afraid of the unions, and to not allow committee proceedings to be captured by whinging corrupt unions like the EPMU and SFWU.

In fact, this gives him and the other Nat MPs Mike Sabin, Chris Auchinvole, Cam Calder and Simon O’Connor a good opportunity to ask questions to the unions about how they’re ripping off their members.

Along with the EPMU and SFWU it is likely they will be prsented with a submission from The Maritime Union’s Gary Parlsoe who has also flown in to have a massive whinge about facilitation, seems he was happy to tell the Koru lounge this morning in a rather loud voice that he isn’t happy with the facilitator. He also spoke briefly with a EPMU bloke who he roundly criticised to his mates after her left, things could get tense between the unions at the select committee.  Read more »

A milestone MUNZ is trying to destroy

Yesterday was a milestone.

It was the first birthday of PortPro the alternate union on the Auckland Waterfront. Well done guys. Competition is always good.

Unless of course you are the Maritime Union. They are trying very hard through constant legal battles to bankrupt PortPro. Shows what a nasty spiteful bunch they are.  Read more »