Staying in Mantrol

Cactus Kate has again highlighted the racism and sexism of the Maritime Union as they seek to paint a picture of them as nice family people. The main problem though is that there are only two women working on the wharf despite the best efforts of the Ports of Auckland to recruit more women. The problem lies with the union insistence that all workers start with and maintain lashing skills….oh and their sexist and racist attitudes.

This note was penned by a union member who didn’t want Tuvaluan stevedores on the wharf:

And this is from a Union boss (“The Coach”) who thought the way to control the dark fellas on the wharf was through sport and a blonde coach who roots the crew:

Cactus Kate sums up:

I am unconcerned at the outcome of the pending employment disputes here. I am more concerned at highlighting that even in 2011 the Maritime Union is acting true to form and promoting racist, sexist K1W1 attitudes. That “Coach” was allowed back on the picket line as a representative shows that MUNZ condone his behaviour.

It is little wonder that the third woman on the Wharf Helen Kelly and the Labour Party hierarchy are hesitant to get right in behind the Maritime Union on this one. The underlying culture is still stuck in 1951 and not one person has defended the Union record from my post the other day.

I would stick a bounty on anyone sending Whaleoil and myself a picture of David Shearer shaking hands with this prehistoric creature called “Coach” to start with.

It will be a PR disaster for anyone seen hugging this lot.

No wonder they want to stay in Mantrol down ont eh wharf.


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