MUNZ initiating illegal secondary strikes

The Maritime Union appears to be breaking the law by initiating secondary strikes. They are now stopping a ship at the Port of Tauranga being worked when there is no dispute with the Port of Tauranga.

You may be aware that as a result of picket action by the Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ) at the Tauranga Container Terminal, a Maersk vessel has not worked since berthing at approximately 2130 Saturday 3 March 2012.

This action taken by MUNZ has nothing to do with any labour issues at Port of Tauranga and we understand it relates to their dispute with the Ports of Auckland.

Port of Tauranga is currently seeking injunctions from the Employment Court against the Rail and Maritime Transport Union and our own staff who have refused to cross the picket line in what we consider to be an unlawful action.

We expect normal services to recommence later today or early Monday.

The Maritime Union will lose that battle, just as surely as they will lose the war. So far they have shown themselves to be liars, racists, bullies and now they are breaking the law with secondary strikes.

UPDATE: As predicted the union lost this battle. The Employment court has issued an injunction forcing the Tauranga workers back to work.  The working of Irene’s Remedy is due to restart as soon as labour can be deployed. The Maritime Union has just found out that secondary strikes are illegal.

UPDATE 2: The injunction reads:

  1. The first defendant and the defendants officers, employees (including the second defendant) and/or agents are restrained from participating in, or continuing to participate in, counselling, procuring, aiding and/or abetting strike action against the plaintiff during the term of the current collective agreement between the plaintiff and the first defendant;
  2. The first and second defendants are restrained from advising members of the first defendant employed by the plaintiff (including the third defendant) not to cross the picket line established by MUNZ at Tauranga;
  3. The third defendants are restrained from participating or continuing to participate in unlawful strike action by refusing to cross a picket line established by MUNZ at Tauranga.

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