Ports crisis – the roll call

As the union goes to the media talking about the protection of “their” jobs and calls are being made for the missing in action Len Brown to step up, it may be useful for Whaleoil readers to know who the roll call of names are in the snowballing Ports crisis. Here are the major figures, a brief history, and their involvement


Garry Parsloe –  tough, gruff and staunch leader of the Maritime Union of NZ. A lot smarter than he is given credit for, but not smart enough to avoid an asymmetrical war with a blogger. Supported by his union, desperate to hold on to the benefits and working conditions of the 1980s (ironically the last time he appeared in newspapers for all the wrong reasons), and avoid contracting or competition for labour at the ports, even if it means pay rises for their workers. Those who start work at the wharves are ruthlessly drilled on the history of the Ports, and reminded of the “struggles” of their forebears for the perks they now enjoy. The Maritime Union is an old red leftist union of old communists still practicing “internationalism”. They have as recently as September of this year supported the Port of Longview in Washington, USA, for their strikes against management. MUNZ have also expressed political views on global mining, Pike River and Mexican labour disputes. They are a political organisation – make no mistake of that.

Mike Lee – ex wharfie, now supercity councillor, who rose to become chairman of the old Auckland Regional Council, which bought back the 20% of the Ports which were owned by shareholders around 7 years ago. As Chairman of the ARC, Lee used Ports of Auckland dividends to pay for his transport projects, and by owning 100% was able to demand excessive dividends out of the eye of the public. (therein is a good reason why having a mixed ownership model is good for SOEs – it keeps the govt honest). During the aftermath of the global financial crisis, the Ports were in serious trouble with their debt levels, and were mercifully bailed out in part by the National government buying Queens Wharf, ostensibly for tourism reasons. Will be marshaling the left forces on council to stay strong for the union badged workers, even though this hurts the Auckland Council position.

Len Brown – It is highly likely that Len Brown is sympathetic to the union cause, though would be keen to stay out and not get involved in the conflict. However, Mike Lee will be exerting massive amounts of pressure on Brown to stay staunch to the workers, while the Herald this morning asks “where is the Mayor”. Brown’s strategy of turning off the cellphone and only replying by email belies the fact he will be sweating profusely over being smoked out on an actual position that would then require leadership, especially one where he would be at odds with his left-wing instincts and left wing mates.

Other left-wing councillors – Sandra Coney, Richard Northey and Cathy Casey will be other staunch left-wing councillors backing the unions against the Ports asset they are tasked with the responsibility to oversee.


Tony Gibson – the CEO of Ports of Auckland, who took over from the mild-mannered Mr Magoo Danish Jens Madsen. Gibson knows he is up against a union that will play nasty and brutally against attempts to bring Ports labour practices into the 21st century. Gibson has the strong support of the Ports Board.

Gary Swift – Chief Executive of Auckland Council Investments Ltd who are tasked with monitoring the ownership of the shared that the council owns in investments like the Ports, Auckland Airport etc. Swift is a professional company director, ex Watercare, and under no illusions as to what he is up against with the unions. ACIL received the support of a number of councillors at a December 8 council meeting, which fell down a centre-right/ independent and left/Maori divide. The Labour/City Vision/left bloc, along with the Maori statutory board members, voted against supporting the Ports of Auckland business plan.

Chris Fletcher – leader of the C&R bloc on council. Though Fletcher’s history as Mayor was uninspiring and her political views seen as fluffy centrist, her timing and handling of the Ports crisis has so far been excellent. Her leadership in pushing the Mayor to take a position and back the Ports Board has sent shockwaves through the independents on council who have so far been timid and compliant in the Mayor’s hands. Her role will have cemented her as the leader of the opposition on council, and given some hope that C&R remains the pre-eminent centre-right force in Auckland.

Steven Joyce – the Minister of Infrastructure has avoided any public commentary so far, other than a bland statement that they would only enter the dispute if asked to intervene. However, the issues of industrial labour strife will not have been lost on Joyce and the National led government. They will be watching developments here like a hawk, and probably have some strategies up their sleeves if asked to make a statement. Is thought to favour a long term alliance between POAL and Ports of Tauranga, without compromising the independent ownership of each Port.


Mark Cairns – CEO of the Port of Tauranga, who though is sympathetic with what POAL are trying to do in having industrial relations practices that are similar to Tauranga, can simply not believe his luck in having a bunch of Auckland union drongos drive profits into the hands of PoT and Infratil, the majority owners of the Port of Tauranga. Is probably working the phones hard over summer with every major shipping company, importer and exporter to shift business to the Bay of Plenty. “Hello, is that you Toyota?”. PoT’s share price is up around 6% since December 1, not a bad rise in price for a utlity company that is supposed to be a defensive yield based stock.

Infratil – the only people in New Zealand who can run infrastructure properly in New Zealand. Majority owners of the Ports of Tauranga. CEO Marko Bogoievski and Executive Chairman Lloyd Morrison are highly regarded as top NZ businessmen – actually, the whole Infratil board looks like the who’s who of NZ business. They will be delirious with joy at the opportunities being presented to them.

UPDATE: Infratil are no longer on the PoT share register. They did own 24.7% at one stage, then owned ~5% around 2005 and sold down completely in 2006/2007.  The PoT majority shareholder is Quayside Securities (subsidiary of BOP Regional Council) who own 55%.

I have had the shareholding of BOPRC described as a fantastic cornerstone shareholder (because that is how they behave despite owning a majority shareholding) as they allow the Board and Management complete autonomy to run the port commercially as the Port Companies intends.


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  • Kiwidon

    Bring on another Jack Marshall – he de-registered the seaman’s Nov ’71.

  • Anonymous

    I wish I were living in Auckland so that I could vote out the f**kwit leftard softcocks on the council in the next local-body elections. Len and co, your time is up.  

    • nellie

      Unfortunately it’ll be like the MMP referedum. No-one admits to voting for it/him in the first place but then don’t actually do anything to change it when the chance is offered. Unless a strong, well profiled, opponent comes out of the woodwork with a good marketing campaign my ‘dumb’ Jaffa counterparts who voted him in in the first place will again likely tick the only name they ‘recognise’, no matter how loopy he is!

  • niggly

    Time for Govt to fuck Garrie Parsloe and the MUNZ over … these relics of a bygone era have had their day and need to be put out to pasture as their self-interest is hurting the national economy. Bye bye Garrie …

    Of course the Auckland Council should have the balls to do this, but don’t.

    So agree with thor42, and hopefully Aucklanders come next local body elections vote the left leaning economic saboteur Councillors out.

  • ConwayCaptain

    Mike Lee was a Radio Officer in the Shipping Corp of NZ.

  • niggly

    PS – good on Cam for outing these economic saboteur Councillor’s.

    Good on the MSM for (finally) starting to ask similar questions of where the Mayor stands (ignoring the fact it took others to do their job for them)! All they need to do now is find out where all the Councillor’s stand and between the MSM and bloggs the people of Auckland will be reminded come next local body elections of these shenanigans.

    I doubt these dopey Left Leaning councillor’s (like Labour prior to 2011) have realised their actions are being judged by the public and these councillor’s are sealing their own fate come next LB Elections…

  • Nigglynzl

    Hmmm “Parsloe” eh … sounds a bit like “Parsehole” to me.

    Q: What’s the definition of a “Parsehole”?

    A: It’s like an Arsehole, but only bigger :-)

    • And provides shelter for the left

      • niggly

        Heh, only trouble with Parsloe/Parshole providing shelter to his MUNZ leftie mates is, just like an Arsehole, they should expect to be shat upon by him (eg his actions will result in redundancies due to declining POA income) ;-)

  • Willsomers101

     the Auckland Council has  NO oversight responsibility whatsoever for the Port ( or airport).
    They have a separate board ( ACIL) for that- this is deliberate. 
     There are no councillors on ACIL either.
    All this structure was set up so there could be no  meddling in the day to day operation  as some are suggesting they now do.  How the worm turns. But since the voters chose Len Brown ( decisively over Banks)  all those sore losers just have to live with it.
    Did I hear some one say Mandate!

    • Anonymous

      Time for a slim down
      25% of the pie for the Council and 75% for the Private Sector and other investors – I like :D

  • Anonymous

    So let me get this straight. The council owns the port, but you have council members who support the union.
    Anyone see a problem here? Looks like “conflict of interest” to me. Either that or dereliction of duty.
    If I own an asset, I will piss blood to ensure that the asset performs as well as it can. How the f**k can these pinko councillors do that when they support the very thing that is the problem?
    As the owner of the port, it is the council’s job to ensure that it runs at maximum efficiency. They are sure as hell not doing that at the moment.

    • Anonymous

      Your points as normal thor42 are correct, however we live in times where by there is no penalty for failure etc etc. Indeed the council being a key stakeholder in the POL, this should instill some vision and brain matter to ensure the asset performs well. It isn’t, the POL is now pretty much f**ked it seems, yet nothing is happening, nothing what so ever really…

      Tony Gibson must be just thinking, what the f**k is going on here and why / how the f**k can this happen in modern times in business… Servicing customers of which in the end pay the bills needs to be taken into account, the MU cannot adhere to this, so FUCK OFF

  • Vlad

    Very useful and informative – vintage blog all round today…

  • ConwayCaptain

    As the vast majority of NZ exports/imports go through either Tga (exports) Akl(imports) Marsden Point logs and oil and they are all based in close proximity it makes sense for them to work together.  If POAL can get its productivity up and allowed to work in the same way as PoTthen maybe there could be a Port of Hauraki partly private and partly council owned.

    Everybody then wins.

    What the MU cannot understand is “customer service” and that they have to deliver that service for POAL to survive.  If Fonterra or whoever can get their containers across a wharf at a cheaper price and faster then where will they go???

    PoT is far more efficient than POAL and always has been

  • Mercutio13

    Cameron, excellent piece but Infratil is no longer a shareholder in PoT.

    • Anonymous

      But their influence lingers.

      • Guest

        Yes. Maybe they want to buy another port and replicate the success story.

  • Anonymous

    For the record, I voted for Banks.

    • nellie

      Me too….

    • Pharmachick

      I guess that now you can sortof claim the high ground, sortof. 

      I didn’t vote as not an AKLer any more (but was for 8 years and up until I left). FWIW, I would have been tempted to vote for Len Brown. What would have stopped me is that I suspected he was a bit loony (now confirmed). 

      But then I would have been obliged to either not vote at all, or vote “no confidence”/informal.  

      Even though Banks’ economic policies are unquestionably better than Browns’, it will be a cold day in hell (figuratively speaking) when I vote for J Banks, wowser, misogynist, religious nut and social repressive that he is. Not to mention that I wasn’t at all impressed with his prior mayoralty of AKL central (dogs breakfast comes to mind).  

      I wonder if Mr. Rodney Hide wold be interested in running or Mayor of Auckland Super Council next time. I’ve never voted ACT in my life, but perhaps Hide would be a great mayor for the wider region (not hard to be better than the incumbent).  

  • Mooloo

    The way Ports and freight is configured is changing very quckly . We are seeing internal ports being set up to work alongside the maritime Ports . tainui is working on a jont venture in hamilton .Also internal port in the South waikato . poal will be aware of this and need to have structures in place to deal with the everchanging world they work in . The old saying change or get changed seems to be lost on the unions and the ruling block on the council.

    • Gazzaw

      Totally agree Mooloo. Kiwirail is at long last moving in the right direction and will be an integral part of the restructure. I believe that other major players such as Mainfreight, Fonterra and the logging interests are all involved. The proposal for a replacement port for Picton at Clifford Bay is now under very serious consideration and will revolutionalise inter-island freight services.

      • Politically Unstable

        Is Clifford Bay really closer? It has been on the planning board for so long now that I wonder if it will become reality???

      • Gazzaw

        I have heard that it is a priority issue in transport circles.

      • Politically Unstable

        I wouldn’t be surprised if Mainfreight get involved – they know how to run a business and have a vested interest in an efficient operation.

  • Nick K
  • ConwayCaptain


    1 They dont have secret ballots so when they vote for a strike everyone has to vote Yes or you will get leaned on.

    2 If they are from a family of unionists they imbibe the history of the union and the bad bosses with their mothers milk.  In the past the seamen and wharfies were badly treated but no longer in NZ or the western world.  Flags of Convenience well that is another story.

    3 Their loyalty is not to their employer but to THE UNION.  I saw this at sea and even though a seaman may have worked for USSCo or SCONZ for many years their 1st loyalty was to THE UNION.

    They do not realise that things have changed and that inland ports are a reality and that customer service come 1st and Foremost.  Give a good service at a reasonable price people will flock to you and more jobs are created.  Dont and jobs are lost.

    BTW I had one G Parlsoe on one of my ships.  What was he like?  “I couldn’t possibly comment”

    • niggly

      “BTW I had one G Parlsoe on one of my ships.  What was he like?  “I couldn’t possibly comment” ”

      Heh, you must have been brought up well and have nice manners, meaning someone has to ask first?

      If so, what was he like?

      • ConwayCaptain


        I couldnt possibily comment

  • Lesley

    Maybe the Mayor
    could be contacted via his Face book page. He posted this about 19 hours ago: https://www.facebook.com/#!/lenbrownformayor?sk=wall

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  • Catwoman

    I worked in the office at one of our major ports.  I was absolutely gobsmacked that some shifts would work two hours and get paid for 8 – this happened all the time.  BUT if they worked 1 minute over their shift they got paid 3 hours overtime.  Bludgers the whole lot of them.  Most of them have never done a decent day’s work in their lives.  My experience is that the majority of MUNZ members are slow, lazy and think the whole blood world owes them a living.  Well, wake up you tossers – you are now major contributors to this country going back into recession – probably the only contribution you have EVER made to NZs economy! 

    • nemisis

      major ports in New Zealand.Hmmm.  Just say ports of auckland. Have a mate there not in the union, working while they are striking.

  • Anonymous

    And the union counter offer just released is just another crock.
    “No contracting out of work during the agreement period”


    “It also wants all existing container shuttles at the port to be
    operated by its members, a major bugbear in the protracted dispute” – Surly the union can not dictate who can use what machinery within an organisation –  Understand protecting safety of members using machinery but exclusive use – you have got to be kidding!

    I say hire contractors to do the work and let them strike – no need to pay the strikers or change conditions – its a take or leave it situation as I see it now. e

    • unions-nemisis

      Did you know that offer they want was offered to them in the begining of negotiations except the shuttle part. They said NO. Now thay want it with no redundencies because they lost maersk and fontera for poa. Make them redundent especially all the big union boys.

  • Anonymous

    This strike could be fixed in no time.
    Draw up a plan to contract out the work. Ring up Parsloe and tells him and his lazy bludging union mates to “shove it.”
    If someone hands me the mayoralty, I’ll do it myself, and to hell with whatever “structures” have been put in place.
    I’d love to give Parsloe a piece of my mind – the prick.

    • Dan E

      But you aren’t going to are you, tough guy?

      • Mooloo

        Dan E bring it on if you want to fuck it around I’ld fuck it around with you .
        was part of the Kiwi shearing contingent that dealt to the pea brained Aussie union shearers 30 years ago. Changed the industry for ever . had to shear with a shotgun on the board for a while but you don’t argue with a 12 gauge. Time Kiwi’s hardened up.  

      • Dan E

        (in resonse to Mooloo’s response to my post)

        Sorry Mooloo, but the point of my blatant trolling post was that in the coming weeks, either

        A: I will read about angry conservatives confronting the picket lines at the docks, putting Parsloe in his place with some stern tory logic which will fix him once and for all…


        B: I will read yet more angry posts on whaleoil from guys on the internet making threats to do so (with optional references to the possession of firearms if anyone dares question the idleness of said threats).

        My money is on B.

        The best thing is that previously, this thread was about right wing trolls having a chuckle while the left got steamed. Now, I am doing the chuckling, and you are getting steamed, so much that you are resorting to making threats and mentioning your big gun – nobody argues with Mooloo and his big gun!

  • Mickrodge

    I know it’s an oversimplistic solution but why can’t POAL just bring in contractors & tell the union to go fuck themselves and not come Monday?

    I’m not big on employment law but can someone explain why/how an organisation can be held to ransom in such a manner?

    I’m all for a fair go but MUNZ must think we’re fucking stupid (or they don’t care) if they think anyone who know the details of this issue is going to side with them.

    I fucking hate unions…this is an overdue reminder why.

    • nemisis

      Because there are not enough crane driver, or straddle operators to start with. A busy shift with a five crane operation you need. 30 crane drivers and 60 straddle operators. over 24 hours if there are 5 cranes each shift. that excludes trucks. But im with you I hate fuckin unions.

      • Anonymous

        There’s a good article here about the world’s first automated straddle-carriers being introduced to the Brisbane port –
        That has *got* to be the way of the future (and the present if you ask me). No fat lazy unionists striking all the time. This bloody setup will probably pay for itself in a couple of years. 

  • ConwayCaptain

    Put it out to contract and ask the Union to put in a bid.  Your run the port and you make a profit.

    I wonder what would happen??

    • Anonymous

      All it takes is for POAL to say these words –
      “Fuck you, Parsloe. Fuck your union. We’re going out to tender, so fuck off.”
      Slam the door on the prick’s arse as he leaves.

  • Guest

    Wow, it’s refreshing to see some of the comments from people who are obviously are very well informed on the topic, very tolerant of other people, and don’t resort to making easy,  false & nasty generalisations about a particular group of people or a topic.  Well thought out and considered comments like Catwomans are rare on blogsites such as this, it’s a shame to reserve your knowledgeable comments just for a blog, you should share it with everyone.   I hope you have  have the courage of your convictions and speak your mind like this publically, and not just when you are sitting behind your computer.

    • Anonymous

      Ironic coming from a guy calling himself Guest.

      • Vij

        Ironic yes, Moron more so

    • Politically Unstable

      It may not be well thought out, but based on her working obviously in the industry. I have done so previously as well. You would have to deaf and blind to not notice the attitude of the unionised wharfies over the years….  Its hardly earthbreaking news catwoman is writing about, but it correlates with time in the industry as well.

      So whats your problem – who should be allowed to post on a blog site? Have you got some rules for that?

    • Gazzaw

      As far as I know this is a public website that holds with free speech – you’re here & you haven’t been moderated. You obviously hold a view on the POA issue so let’s hear it.

  • Maquinanz

    Sounds like the same person made 90% of those comments?

  • Maquinanz

    Public yes but not anyone can leave an honest comment…

    • Gazzaw

      How so?

  • ConwayCaptain

    Here is the history of containerisation in NZ

    The Conference Lines had to have a major re building programme in the late 60’s early 70’s to replace all the war built and post war built ships.

    Two consortia started out. OCL which was :P&O, Furness, Ocean Fleets and a few others. ACT which was Cunard, B;lue Star, T&J Harrisons and Ben Line.

    They found very early on that the capital reqd was trenmendous and Cunard sold part of their shar in ACT to ANL.  At this time SCONZ was staring up and OCL sold a share to them  Unfortunately SCONZ was never poroperly capitalised by the NZ Govt of various hues.

    The original idea was tonhave one NZ export port, Auckland and all containers would be sent up by coastal shippinh.  HOWEVER the NZSU was so powerful in those days they deciede against it and we had very port spending Millions onn container cranes and straddles etc etc.

    By the Mid 80’s and eraly 90’s it was obvipus that no one was getting a return on capital so ACT sold out o OCL and they eventually merged with Nedlloyd.  In gthe end Nedlloyd was bought out by Maersk.  Containerisation had been started by “Trucker Maclean” of Sealand and eventually they sold pout to guess who. Maersk the Danish Octupus.

    They also bouught ot the S African National line SAFMARINE.

    It is so competitive in the container market that Malaysian Int Shipping Corp MISC is pulling out and the container lines consist now now Maersk aboiut 20% of the worlds cont shipping, MSC, NYK/Mistui OSK, Hapag LLoyd who have bought out Canadian Pacific, Hamburg Sud.

    It has got to the stage that if Maersk said to the NZ shippers Jump they would say mot why but how high.  If Maersk said all NZ cargo will now be exported via Bris, Syd or Melb there is stuff all we could do about it.

    • trucker

      add to this the first container terminal in Auckland (discounting the trans tasman USSCo seafreighter terminal) was established by Columbus Line, and run independantly of the then Harbour Board. The concept of a shipping company owned terminal was not accepted, and the AHB took the terminal back into their control.

    • Gazzaw

      An excellent precis Conway. I assume that MSC sits in the same category as Maersk when it comes to NZ port company high jumping expectations. Is it not the second largest cargo line in the world now?  They have grown massively in the cruiseline stakes with several new-builds in the last 4-5 years. 

      • EX Navy Greg

        MSC have changed their business model fairly recently. They usually purchase or lease older ships nearing the end of their life cycle, CV Rena is a good example,but recently they have evolved to meet the changing customer requirements and have ordered or have options on several new “panamax size” reefer ships .Conway Captain should be able to correct me here, I don’t have the exact numbers.

      • ConwayCaptain

        If you look at their casualty rate MSC have a v bad safety record.  MSC Napoli in the UK for instance and another whose name escapes me that split in two.

        They are Italian owned but based in switzerland/  They have come from a one shipo co to this in a very short space of time.  Where did the money come from I wonder.

        Shipping Corp was set up to give NZ some say in cargo and to save money.  It was set up to have a capital of NZ$100 million in 1973 and in those daysbthat was US$120 million.  This was never paid up until the end and the co was running on borrowed money all the time.  Money was paid up a year before its demise and where this money went ?????????

      • ConwayCaptain

        Also the Norwegian RoRo co Whilhelmsens have also gone out of containers and just run ro ros carrtying cars and project cargoes now.  No money in boxes.

      • Gazzaw

        MSC is owned largely by the Ponti family interests – that’s Carlo Ponti, husband of Sophia Loren. I am sure that the phoenix-like growth will come under scrutiny in due course. I don’t know too much about their cargo ops but the cruise line grew out of two or three old vessels that cruised the Med plus one out of Capetown & Durban. All gone now & replaced by brand new rebuilds. 

  • Anonymous

    First thing we do is either mix model the port (51% council, 49% private) or privatise the Port and reduce the council stake to 25% or there abouts – lets get some commercial discipline back in there.
    Next thing – break this union’s back…

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. Jeez, I’d love to see Parsloe clearing gorse.
      Get the prick doing some REAL work.

      • Shit thor I realised something if we did do a sell down for the Port of Auckland
        Sorry bit of a quote spam wall from my own Blog

        [Before this whole port saga blew up prior to Christmas, it was being toyed around that Auckland Council should sell down its share in the Port of Auckland. Since 2005, POAL is 100% owned by Auckland Council through various investment arms under the former Auckland Regional Council and the current Auckland Council. Dividends would then be paid to the council which in turn would be used (well should have) for capital projects like transport.
        However since 2005, efficiency at the port has dropped and the value of POAL slipped. Thus it was toyed to return efficiency, value and dividends to the POAL and shareholder(s) that the port should take one of two options.1) Mix Model where Auckland Council retains 51% and the private sector 49% – much like what Central Govt. is doing at the moment with the power companies and Solid Energy2) Full privatisation with Auckland Council on a 25% minority shareholding
        It is believed which ever of the two options taken, commercial discipline would be instilled into POAL and the value, efficiency and rate of return (the dividend) would increase while the cash gained from the slim down could have been used for the Eastern Highway and/or the City Rail Link (think of it as a nice deposit).
        However with this crap with MUNZ (yep I am going to stick my boot into the union now as I have had enough)going on and two big “boats” pulling out (Fonterra and Maersk)the value of POAL to fall and dividends to Auckland Council has and will continue to fall.
        What the major issue will be is that any sell down now is literally buggered thanks to this industrial relations saga]
        So yeah to be blunt fucked much?
        BTW you do not have to agree with where the “deposit” was going as quoted above – just point out a fact to our pinko mates
        For WO, the deposit from the POAL slim down proceeds could build a nice big “Fuck off” highway somewhere. So rail, fuck off highways, eastern highways – does not matter, the proceeds from the slim down at POAL would of provided a nice deposit on some piece of capital the city needs. But at the moment right now slim will probably get you a 60c cone from McDonalds with change to get a 10c lolly from the dairy…

      • EX Navy Greg

        Someone should give him a call , 021326261

  • @7132fa3d95de4368dcdd19868f6ac9ee:disqus Do not tempt fate in your exchange with Mooloo, some of us are patient and bidding time until the right moment

  • Frangi

    It is to do with employment law.  When the Port moves to bring in contractors MUNZ will go to court to try and get an injunction to stop them.  They will try to get the courts to make it legally impossible for POAL to contract out or at the very least to tie them up for as long as they possible can in an ongoing protracted legal battle. MUNZ already has 5 court cases on the go trying to get sacked workers their jobs back – see Angus and McKean for the high profile cases.  If they get stuck in a protracted legal battle going up against POAL they will need more money to pay their lawyers and where will that come from – union fee increases.  These stevedores are already paying around $30 a week to the union

  • Vikingonmars

    Here’s the thing. Apart from being at retirement age if they are made redundant some of these guys are entitled to huge payouts. Ok so their super is their’s and the port will just have to wear the redundancy.Sad but inevitable.
    But what happens to MUNZ assets when it folds. Lets face it, its only the old timers holding it together and I imagine that MUNZ hold some tasty assets. When the union gets the shove and the union feees slow down or stop the retiree’s will be in charge. What happens next to the funds and the funds from sales of assets?
    Just interested.Of course this applies tothe Labour Party assets as well.