Ports Update

Despite the claims of Garry Parsloe that not a single ship would be worked at Fergusson Terminal at the Ports of Auckland, ships are being worked and turned around in record time.

Lisa Schulte – Arrived pilot 0500 yesterday morning.  Vessel discharged 715 containers. ETD was this morning approximately 1000 hours – discharge completed ahead of schedule and sailed last night at 19:16.

Maersk Brani  – ETA 0600 Wednesday 7th March. Expected exchange approximately 380 moves, ETD later same day.

Passat Spring –  ETA 2130 hours Wednesday 7th March commencing work 0700 Thursday 8th March. Total exchange approximately 1100 exchange.

The court hearing in Wellington has finished – the Judge has reserved his decision until early afternoon.

The Maritime Union have flown in the bruvvers to assist and Matthew Dearnely in the Herald this morning repeats all their bravado, including this from a stroppy American unionist:

“There’s huge international support – I mean this is an international incident at this point,” said International Longshore and Warehouse Union vice-president Ray Familathe, as 300 Auckland port workers reached the 10th day of a four-week strike.

“It has gone beyond reason, the management seems to be on a destructive path here, which just seems to have no common sense about achieving some balance in the collective agreement between management and labour.”

I wonder why Matthew Dearnely didn’t mention that this Longshore unionist, who has been quoted in his papers, is the same unionist who threatened a POAL staffer in 2010 (when Ports was considering bringing in competing stevedores on the wharf) saying “we know how to deal with people like you in the US” and “don’t ever come to the States”?

I hope while Ray Familathe is here he asks the Maritime Union to share how much their Stevedores get because given his current pay arrangements perhaps he is looking for job here.

The Maritime Union continues to endorse racism, bullying and sexism. I’m not sure why they think that meddling unionists from overseas are welcome here to meddle in our industrial relations.

One thing is for sure, Ports of Auckland continues to unload and load ships without the union bully-boys of the Maritime Union. Every ship that is processed drives a nail into the heart of the union cause. No wonder half of their members no longer show up ont he picket, some having bolted to Australia for work. They have given up.


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